Experience endless summer in the dead of winter in Glencoe.
“In the Tropics: The Orchid Show” runs from February 9 through March 24 at Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG). The eye-popping display captures the vibrant and intoxicating spirit of South Pacific and Amazon beaches, islands, and rainforests.
Picture more than 10,000 orchids in bloom when CBG’s greenhouses and parts of the Regenstein Center are transformed into a lush oasis, paired with sweeps of bromeliads and birds of paradise. Feel the radiance of blooms under sunlit palm trees and in forest canopies teeming with color and life.
A special element of the exhibition will feature a curtain of falling water that pays homage to the importance of water in the tropics—where rain- forests can get hundreds of inches of rain a year. A“waterfall”of Vanda orchids, a banca canoe, and small islands blooming with tall palm trees and orchids all serve to amplify the water theme.
Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except on Thursdays, when the show stays open until 8 p.m. for Orchids After Hours, where visitors can enjoy tiki cocktails, tropical-inspired bites, and a night-
time viewing of the show. The first Orchids After Hours is on Valentine’s Day and will feature special desserts and prosecco and champagne splits. The tiki cocktails are served in a take-home glass with a choice of rum cocktails, Hurricane Helcia, or Orchids of Paradise.
Other special features of the show include a Library Exhibition—“Picturing Tropical Orchids: From The Rare Book Collection;” a Members Only Preview Evening on February 8; Evening with Orchids cocktail tasting on March 13; Photographers’ Hour on Tuesdays (February 12 through March 19, 8:15-9:45 a.m.); Morning Music with Orchids on Tuesdays and Thursdays (February 12 through March 21 (10-11 a.m.); and the Orchid Marketplace on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the show’s run.
In addition, The Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale on March 9 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and March 10 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) is a must- attend event for many. Entrants’ individual orchids in 128 classes will vie for ribbons, including the prestigious Chicago Horticultural Society Award from the American Orchid Society judges. Families can take part in orchid- based activities for children. Vendors will also be on-site to sell orchid plants and related products—cut flowers, cultural books, raffle tickets, and more.
The show’s grand finale is a Post-Orchid Show Sale on March 28, when guests will have the opportunity to purchase favorite orchids to take home. The general public is invited from 2-4 p.m., but this event sells out quickly, so check the website for updates.
Don’t miss this opportunity to trade the cold and gray of winter for a world infused with the warmth and light of turquoise seas.
Tickets information for the Orchid Show: Adults, $12 nonmember/$10 member; children (ages 3–12) and seniors (62 years and older), $10 nonmember/$8 member; children younger than 3 are free. Parking fee applies. The discounted two-pack features two tickets and parking for one car. For more information and tickets, visit chicagobotanic.org/ orchid.