Illinois

Please see the events, club meetings, and other Illinois garden and nature related places to visit listed below.

Illinois Events:

November 20 - January 1:  Lisle.  Illumination: Tree Lights, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

November 20:  Wheaton.  Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop, Cantigny Park, www.cantigny.org

November 24 - January 1:  Chicago.  Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo, weekend displays November 24 - 26 and December 1 - 3, nightly displays from December 8 - January 1 (excluding 12/24 & 25), www.lpzoo.org/events

November 24 - January 7:  Chicago.  Holiday Shows at Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories, Poinsettias Galore and other special plants of the season, Lincoln Park Conservatory, www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/lincoln-park-conservatory, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org

November 24 - January 7:  Glencoe.  Wonderland Express, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/exhibitions

November 25 & December 2:  Aurora, Naperville.  Make & Take: Wreath, Container or Swag, The Growing Place, www.thegrowingplace.com

November 25 - December 30:  Chicago.  Bring your plant questions to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic each Saturday, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

November 25 - December 30:  Chicago.  Composting Demo, Saturdays except holiday weekends, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

November 26 - December 24:  Chicago.  Free Mini Tour, 2nd Saturday monthly, 4th Sunday monthly, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

November 29:  Campton Hills.  40 Years Preserving Open Space CHAL, Garfield Farm, www.garfieldfarm.org

November 30:  Aurora.  Make & Take: Wreath, Container or Swag, The Growing Place, www.thegrowingplace.com

November 30:  Glencoe.  Winter Dish Gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

November 30 or December 2:  Lisle.  Holiday Swags, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

December 2:  Chicago.  Homemade Skin Care, Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, www.luriegarden.org

December 2:  Glencoe.  Basic Pruning for Homeowners, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

December 2, 10, 17:  Glencoe.  Joyful Gingerbread, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms

December 2:  Wheaton.  Mistletoe Market, Cantigny Park, www.cantigny.org

December 3:  Winfield.  Greens Container Make & Take Workshop, Planters Palette, www.planterspalette.com

December 7:  Lisle.  Make a Living Ornament, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

December 9:  Glencoe.  Backstage Pass: Winter Floral Wonders, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

December 10:  Chicago.  Build a Bird Feeder, Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, www.luriegarden.org

December 13:  Chicago.  Getting Grounded in the Global Garden, Garfield Park Conservatory, https://garfieldconservatory.org/events

December 13:  Wheaton.  Holiday Floral Arrangement Workshop, Cantigny Park, www.cantigny.org

December 16:  Park Forest.  Thanks for the Poinsettia - Now What?, Park Forest Environment Commission, Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 708-790-8760.

December 19:  Lisle.  Holiday Table Arrangement, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

Check out the links below for additional events.

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Illinois Club Meetings:

Chicago.  The Chicago Bonsai Club Meeting is held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 pm, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.midwestbonsai.org/chicago-chapter/

Lisle.  The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society meets the 2nd Monday of the month, 7 pm, Thornhill Education Center, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarboretumphotographicsociety.com 

Oak Lawn.  The Oak Lawn Garden Club normally meets the 4th Thursday of the month (with several exceptions) 9:30 am at the Oak View Community Center, 4625 W 110th St.  Visit http://ilclubs.esiteasp.com/oaklawngardenclub/home.nxg for more information about the Club.

Peoria Hts.  The Central Illinois Herpetological Society holds public meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month at Forest Park Nature Center, 7 pm.  Come share or learn about the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles.  5823 Forest Park Dr, http://centralillinoisherp.com

Peoria Hts.  Peoria Audubon holds public meetings and presentations in the Forest Park Nature Center on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September through May, 7 pm.  5809 Forest Park Dr, www.peoriaparks.org/group-meetings-fpnc/, www.peoriaaudubon.org

Peoria Hts.  The local chapter of the Sierra Club, America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, holds public meetings at the Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Dr, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from September through May.  7 pm, www.peoriaparks.org/group-meetings-fpnc/

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More garden and nature related events and activities for children and adults can be found at these places to visit in Illinois:

Bloomington
Miller Park Zoo
1020 S Morris Ave
309-434-2250
http://4.17.232.139/parks/Miller-Park-Zoo/about-the-zoo.htm

Brookfield
Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st St
3300 Golf Rd
708-688-8000
www.brookfieldzoo.org

Chicago
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave
312-746-5100
www.garfieldconservatory.org

Chicago
John G Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
312-939-2438
www.sheddaquarium.org

Chicago
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N Stockton Dr
312-742-7736
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/lincoln-park-conservatory/

Chicago
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
312-742-2000
www.lpzoo.org

Chicago
Lurie Garden
Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St
312-228-1004
www.luriegarden.org

Chicago
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N Cannon Dr
773-755-5100
www.naturemuseum.org/

Glencoe
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
847-835-5440
www.chicagobotanic.org

Hanna City
Wildlife Prairie State Park
3826 N Taylor Rd
309-676-0998
www.wildlifeprairiepark.org

Lisle
Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Rte 53
630-968-0074
www.mortonarb.org

Lombard
Lilacia Park
Lombard Park District
150 S Park Ave
630-620-5700
www.villageoflombard.org/218/Lombard-Park-DistrictLilacia-Park

Monticello
Allerton Park & Retreat Center
University of Illinois
515 Old Timber Rd
217-333-3287
www.allerton.illinois.edu/

Oak Park
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St
708-725-2400
www.pdop.org/parks-facilities/oak-park-conservatory/

Palos Heights
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanical Gardens
7402 W Lake Katherine Dr
708-998-3994
www.lakekatherine.org

Peoria
Luthy Botanical Garden
2520 N Prospect
309-686-3362
www.peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden/

Peoria Heights
Forest Park Nature Center
5809 Forest Park Dr
309-686-3360
www.peoriaparks.org/fpnc/

Rockford
Anderson Japanese Gardens
318 Spring Creek Rd
815-229-9390
www.andersongardens.org/

Rockford
Klehm Arboretum
2715 S Main St
815-965-8146
www.klehm.org

Rockford
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
1354 N 2nd St
815-987-8858
www.nicholasconservatory.com

Rock Island
Quad City Botanical Center
2525 4th Ave
309-794-0991
www.qcgardens.com

South Holland
Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Ave
708-868-0606
http://fpdcc.com/nature-centers/sand-ridge-nature-center

Streator
Weber House and Garden
1503 N Baker St
815-672-8327
www.weberhouseandgarden.com

Wheaton
Cantigny Botanical Gardens
1S151 Winfield Rd
630-668-5161
www.cantigny.org
Please contact us three weeks in advance to have your Illinois garden/nature related events posted here.

This page is updated weekly.

Revised:  November 20, 2017