Wonderland Express – Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden - 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022

Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

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 

Buy Tickets

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.