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More than 10,000 orchids in bloom in Chicago, Ill.

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Staff Writer | February 18, 2019
This year’s Orchid Show in Chicago, Ill. captures the spirit of islands, beaches, and rainforests in places like the South Pacific and the Amazon.
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America   You’ll get a feel for the radiance of blooms under sunlit palm trees
You’ll get a feel for the radiance of blooms under sunlit palm trees and in forest canopies teeming with color and life. See more than 10,000 orchids in bloom, paired with sweeps of bromeliads and birds of paradise—lush, vibrant, intoxicating.

It may be cold outside, but it’s warm inside at the Orchid Show Greenhouses and Galleries. Hear live Morning Music with Orchids on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or treat yourself to weekend brunch with a view at the Garden View Café after seeing the best flower show in town. Of course you’ll be taking pictures.

Take advantage of a special Photographers’ Hour! Tuesdays, 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.; tripods and monopods allowed. No screens or backdrops please.

Ask the Illinois Orchid Society all of your orchid questions; society orchid experts will be on hand every weekend during the Orchid Show. The society will hold its annual spring show of judged orchid displays in Nichols Hall.

Ready to buy an orchid for your home?

The Garden Shop sells several varieties and mini-orchids, vendors at the Orchid Marketplace on weekends sell beautiful potted orchids, and the post-show plant sale offers many of the plants displayed in the exhibition at greatly reduced prices.

Join the Illinois Orchid Society at its spring show and sale where vendors will be on-site to sell orchid plants and related products.

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Rd Glencoe
When: Until March 24, 2019, from 8am to sunset
Tickets: Adults: $10/$12; Seniors 62+: $8/$10; Children age 3–12: $8/$10; hildren 2 and under: free.