A rare opportunity to canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 & 17, 2012
9 a.m., 11 a.m., or 1 p.m.
Maximum of three participants per boat.
Participants must be at least 5 years old and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
How’s this for a unique way to spend part of Father’s Day? In partnership with Friends of the Chicago River, the Garden invites you to partake in a rare opportunity to canoe the lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Bob Kirschner, the Garden’s aquatic biologist, will paddle along and explain our nationally recognized program to restore and enhance the Garden’s miles of lakeshore. Herons, ducks, small fish, and maybe even a few turtles and frogs will greet you as we explore their watery habitat. Your aquatic journey will include passing beneath the Garden's new Trellis Bridge! No experience with canoeing is necessary; instruction, canoes, life jackets, and paddles are all provided. Please choose one of the three start times that are scheduled. You’ll enjoy a full hour canoeing the lakes of Chicago Botanic Garden.
There's something to do every summer night
at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Carillon Concerts by the water
Mondays, June 4 – September 3, 7 p.m.
preconcert carillon tour and demonstration, 5:30 p.m.
Bring your blanket and dinner and picnic on the lawn by McGinley Pavilion, or stop by the Garden Grille for a preconcert dinner. Watch Evening Island light up as the sun sets to the west.
Cocktails and Music on the Esplanade
Tuesdays, June 5 – August 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Enjoy beautiful views and quiet walks through the gardens before sipping a drink and having a light supper. Live music varies weekly and features Spanish guitar, blues, or jazz.
Wednesdays, June 6 – August 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Dancin' Sprouts provides free musical entertainment for the Garden's youngest visitors! Bring the family and enjoy live music in this idyllic summer setting. For these evenings, picnicking will be allowed on the Esplanade only.
Wednesdays, July 18, August 15, and September 5, 5 – 8 p.m.
Adventurous diners won’t want to miss the Garden’s inaugural season of Farm Dinners celebrating the connection between Midwestern farmland and the locally grown food we love to eat.
Hot Summer Nights Music Series
Thursdays, June 7 – August 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Bring your dancing friends and kick it up a notch with high-energy music as you dance (or listen) to the upbeat tempo of a host of diverse genres. Beverages and light fare will complement the specific music genre of the evening.
The Garden is open until 9 p.m. from June 4 through September 3.
Take a moonlit walk through the 24 formal display gardens and four natural areas. Sunsets and lights are spectacular on Evening Island! Stroll past the Crescent Garden, brilliant with annuals sloping down to the