Illinois

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

Illinois Events:

January 15:  Glencoe.  Let it Snow!, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/dayoffcamp

January 20 :  Chicago.  Free Mini Tour, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

January 20 - February 24:  Chicago.  Bring your plant questions to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic each Saturday, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

January 20 - December 29:  Chicago.  Composting Demo, Saturdays except holiday weekends, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

January 20:  Frankfort.  Indoor Seed Starting Seminar, Alsip Nursery, www.alsipnursery.com

January 20 or 28:  Glencoe.  Loco for Cocoa, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms

January 27 or February 11:  Chicago.  Beginning Beekeeping Class, Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

January 27:  Glencoe.  Organic Vegetable Gardening Basics, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

January 27:  Glencoe.  Starting Seeds Indoors, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

January 27:  Glencoe.  Planning Your Garden for Seed Saving, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

January 27:  Lisle.  Seed Saving Workshop, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

January 27:  Lisle.  Seed Swap, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

January 27:  Park Forest.  Catalogs, Park Forest Wetlands Discovery Center, 708-790-8760.

February 3:  Glencoe.  Winter Woody Plant Identification, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

February 3:  Lisle.  Plants for Pollinators, a day-long symposium hosted by the Perennial Plant Association and the Morton Arboretum, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

February 3 - 24:  Lisle.  Become a Nature Photographer, 4 Saturdays, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

February 6:  Glencoe.  Introduction to Design Principles, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

February 7:  Glencoe.  Bring your own Bonsai Tree Workshop, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

February 8 - March 1:  Lisle.  Beginning Beekeeping, 4 Thursdays, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

February 9:  Lisle.  Design a Memorable Front Garden, Morton Arboretum, www.mortonarb.org

February 9 - 11:  Mt Vernon.  Midwestern Herb and Garden Show, Times Square Mall, www.midwesternherbandgardenshow.com

February 10:  Aurora.  Concrete Day - Make a Hypertufa Container, The Growing Place, www.thegrowingplace.com

February 10 - September 24:  Glencoe.  Big Blooms-Orchids, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/exhibitions

February 11 or 24:  Glencoe.  Sweet Treats: Cold Eats, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms

February 13:  Glencoe.  Front Yard Design, Chicago Botanic Garden, www.chicagobotanic.org/education

February 14:  Chicago.  Chocolate: History, Health Benefits, and Romance; Garfield Park Conservatory, www.garfieldconservatory.org/events

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

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 N 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 N 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 N 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
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
708-361-1873
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 N 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 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:  January 15, 2018