The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express is an annual tradition that appeals to everyone: kids love the trains (and the indoor snow), adults love the city sites and sights (and the indoor snow) and everybody loves the lights!
Start Date: Friday, November 23, 2018
End Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019
Time: varies by date
Location: Chicago Botanic Garden – 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022
Cost: $8 – $13
Adults: $11 members/$13 nonmembers
Children ages 3 to 12 and seniors over age 62: $8 members/$10 nonmembers
Children 2 and under: Free
What you can expect:
• Lights – Sparkling (LED) bulbs illuminate the trees on the path to Wonderland, including the 40-foot-tall concolor fir tree on the Esplanade. (The tree arrives by helicopter.)
• Green House Extravaganza – Poinsettias are on display and the three indoor greenhouses—tropical, semitropical, and arid—all head toward peak bloom during Wonderland Express and the winter months.
• Railroad Garden – As you enter the main exhibition, trains pass high and low, appealing to railroad enthusiasts of all levels: for little ones, there’s Thomas the Tank Engine; more experienced rail fans will recognize the only-shown-at-Wonderland Express cars and engines from the train car collection.
• Chicago… in Miniature – Adults marvel like kids at the unbelievably detailed replicas of more than 80 of Chicago’s most famous buildings and landmarks where the buildings are all constructed of natural materials: gourds, pine cones, bark, acorns, pods, seeds, grains, grasses and other creatively-used bits of nature.
To read about the full schedule of events, please visit their website.