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Chicago Botanic Garden’s Captivating ‘Lightscape’ Experience Will Return This November

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Chicago Botanic Garden’s Captivating ‘Lightscape’ Experience Will Return This November

Let there be light!

While things may look a bit grim at the moment for the upcoming fall and winter season, the Botanic Garden is giving Chicagoans a light at the end of the tunnel — or rather, a literal light tunnel.

Chicago Botanic Garden debuted Lightscape last year as an immersive, after-hours trail of twinkling lights. There, visitors would enter the magical mile-long exhibit under the arches of golden light, behold a choir of singing trees, before immersing themselves under hanging ribbons of dazzling lights. Lightscape was a hit success that sold out its first season.

On November 13, the event will return to the garden with a new-and-improved path adorned with last year’s favorites as well as completely new features and installations.

“Join us at the holiday event that sold out in its debut season. Enter a captivating world of light, color, and sound in an all-new trail designed with your safety in mind. Bask in the glow of thousands of twinkling lights in favorites like the Cathedral of Light and new delights you’ve never seen before. Make new family holiday memories at Lightscape,” CBG wrote on their website.


Due to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic, the garden is implementing new precautionary measures to ensure public safety. Those procedures include:

  • Required face coverings for guests over the age of 2
  • Limited capacity
  • One-way trail
  • Separate entrance and exit
  • Staggered entry times
  • Nixing interactive elements
  • Holding entirety of event outdoors

Tickets to the exhibit, running through January 3, are now on sale for members starting at $24 for adults and $12 for children. Toddlers and infants below the age of 3 are granted free entry. For non-members, tickets will go on sale beginning August 25.

Beginning in mid November, Lightscape will run from 4:30 pm – 10 pm, with times varying throughout the week. CBG recommends buying tickets in advance but will permit day-of ticket purchase, but will add $2 to the price.

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[Featured image: @chicagobotanicgarden]