Indoor Planting & Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

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With the weather getting colder, it is time to move your gardening ambitions inside. (WLS)

With the weather getting colder, it is time to move your gardening ambitions inside. Who better to give us tips on indoor planting than the experts at the Chicago Botanic Garden? They know about other things as well, such as creating a holiday experience for the whole family with the Wonderland Express display. This year, the display features a new figurine of aerialist Nik Wallenda on a tightrope between the Marina City towers.

Tim Pollak, floriculturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, joined us live during our ABC 7 Eyewitness News Saturday Morning with tips and details on all the fun at the garden.

Wonderland Express

Through January 4, 2015

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Early closing days:

December 4, 6, and 24: 3 p.m.

December 12: 1 p.m.

December 25: Closed all day


Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road

Glencoe, IL


Admission:

$12 for adults

$10 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors ages 62 and older

Children 2 and under are free

Members receive $2 off each ticket

Prices are half price on Tuesdays


Admission will be timed to ensure the quality of the viewing experience.


Schedule of programs and activities:


Holiday Cheers!: Seasonal Tasting - 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, in Burnstein Hall. Visitors 21 years and older can drink in the best of the season as they sample local spirits, wine and winter brews, and enjoy the surroundings of Wonderland Express. Guests receive a wristband, tasting glass, tasting sheet and access to the exhibition. Light fare and drinks will be available for purchase. Advance tickets are $30; same-day tickets are $33. Members receive $5 off each ticket.

Christmas Breakfast with Santa - 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, in Burnstein Hall and Alsdorf Auditorium. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, visit with Santa and view the exhibition. Tickets are $35 for adults and $27 for children ages 3 to 12. The price includes parking fees. Children 2 and under are free. Members receive $5 off each ticket.

Christmas Concert - 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, in Alsdorf Auditorium. Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Concert featuring festive holiday favorites. Advance tickets are $17; Same-day tickets are $20. Children 2 and under are free. Members receive $2 off each ticket. The price includes access to the Wonderland Express exhibition.

Hanukkah Concert - 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, in Alsdorf Auditorium. Enjoy a lively performance from the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Advance tickets are $17; same-day tickets are $20. Children 2 and under are free. Members receive $2 off each ticket. The price includes access to the Wonderland Express exhibition.

Hot Chocolate with Mrs. Claus - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, December 22, in Burnstein Hall. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and a favorite Christmas story read by Mrs. Claus. Advance tickets are $17; Same-day tickets are $20. Children 2 and under are free. Members receive two dollars off each ticket. Price includes access to the Wonderland Express exhibition.

Family Drop-In Activities will take place November 28 to 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; December 2, 9 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; December 6 from noon to 6 p.m.; December 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; December 13 and 14 from noon to 6 p.m.; December 20 to January 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and December 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.





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