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Lurie Garden in the Spring(click on images to enlarge)

Designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd and Piet Oudolf, this 3.5 acre garden pays homage to the City's motto, "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden), which refers to Chicago's transformation from its flat and marshy origins to a bold and powerful city.

Highlights of the garden include the dramatically lit, 15-foot-high “shoulder” hedge. This physical representation of Carl Sandburg’s famous description of the “City of Big Shoulders” encloses the garden on two sides and protects the delicate perennial garden. A graceful hardwood footbridge over shallow water divides the garden diagonally between “light” and “dark” plates.

Visit the Lurie Garden's website for detailed information on plant life in the garden, sustainability, and garden events.

For updates, photos, free event announcements and information on responsible horticulture follow Lurie Garden on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sign up for Lurie Garden’s newsletter.  


Visiting and Touring the Garden

Anyone may visit the garden free of charge all year round, 6am-11pm. Check the Lurie Garden website for possible closures.
Guided walks in Lurie Garden take place each Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from May-September. Tours highlight elements of the Garden’s design, its plant life and how this applies to your home garden. Check the Lurie Garden website for tour times. 


Education & Events

Registration for Lurie Garden Programs is now open! 
Lurie Garden’s unique programs are designed to inspire individuals and families of all ages to learn about and enjoy the natural world. Throughout the year we offer interactive educational programs, presentations, lectures and tours for adults and families. Our garden is a place of exploration, learning and enjoyment through all four seasons, whatever your age or interest. Registration for events is required and space is limited. See this season’s list of Lurie Garden Programs.


Upcoming Events:


Adult Programs

Morning Bird and Nature Walk

Friday, Oct. 6


Begin your day surrounded by nature and observing birds in Lurie Garden and Millennium Park. Join Jeff Walk, director of science for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois, and Lurie Garden staff on this bird and plant appreciation walk.

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Spring Bulbs Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 14


Lurie Garden director and head horticulturist Laura Ekasetya will cover bulb selection, planting schedule, placement and more in this workshop about spring bulbs. We may even try our hand at planting some bulbs!

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Adult Poetry Workshop: Forms and Features: Elegy

Saturday, Oct. 14


All experience levels are welcome to a discussion and creative workshop moderated by Poetry Foundation Library Coordinator Maggie Queeney. In honor of the season, we focus on elegy, a poem of mortality, loss, and consolation. After reading and discussing a wide range of elegies exploring the natural world, participants will be guided through composing original poems in response to the fall Lurie Garden landscape.

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Peace Yoga

Sundays, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12


Join us for a gentle yoga and meditation class called Peace Yoga, led by Chicago's Peace School. Peace Yoga is the perfect combination of basic stretches, yoga postures, breath work, meditation and relaxation, all geared to create harmony within the mind, body and spirit. The Peace Yoga movements are designed to stretch and tone muscles, loosen stiff joints, help correct poor posture, improve balance and leave you feeling agile and refreshed.

Note: Register for any or all sessions at


Lurie Garden Book Club: Fall

Tuesday, Oct. 24


Join the Lurie Garden staff as we discuss books pertaining to nature, horticulture and the environment. Our featured book for fall is The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham.

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Gardener's Plant Walk

Friday, Oct. 27


These morning walks are for the gardener that would like focused information about Lurie Garden plants and their place in our garden landscape. These walks are meant to expand your understanding of plant varieties, their habits and environmental requirements. Each walk is led by Laura Ekasetya, Lurie Garden director and head horticulturist, and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Adult Workshop: Homemade Skin Care

Saturday, Dec. 2


Skin care products make great gifts, especially when you make them yourself. This workshop will include learning techniques, making products to take home, and "recipes" to make natural skin care items that are healthy for people and the planet. We may even add a little bit of Lurie Garden to our products!

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Family Programs

Little Lurie Gardeners: Singing Explorers

Mondays, Oct. 9 through Nov. 13


The Little Lurie Gardeners program is a 6-week series that offers children from 12 months to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers an interactive exploration of the natural world through live music and movement in a one-of-a-kind urban oasis in Millennium Park, where art and nature meet. Come prepared to sing, dance, and smell the flowers in your very own garden in the city.

Note: This is a series of six music and nature appreciation classes. Pre-registration is required at By registering you are committing to attending all six. Toddlers must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Family Workshop: Build a Bird Feeder

Sunday, Dec. 10


You can help resident birds by providing some much-needed food during the winter months. Learn about what types of birds stay in the area for winter and how they survive. Each family will make one bird feeder. Materials and tools will be provided. This workshop is for families with children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.

Note: Pre-registration is required at


Special Event

Urban Wild: Celebrate Fall with Lurie Garden

Thursday, Oct. 19


Pritzker Stage in Millennium Park

Join us to celebrate one of our favorite seasons in the garden! On the Pritzker Stage in Millennium Park, partake in the bounty of Lurie Garden and its busy bees, along with products from other wild and domesticated urban residents. Lurie Garden honey will be sold, with a limit of two jars per person. A limited quantity of Lurie Garden seeds will also be available for giveaway. Come for the delectable samples and sales of food and other local products and stay for a tour of the fall garden to learn about how to support bees and other important invertebrates in your garden. No registration required.


Information and Resources

Millennium Park

Millennium Park
Southeast corner of Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

FREE Admission

Tours and Lurie Garden programs
are FREE; Programs require registration.

All children must accompanied by an adult.


Guided Tours from May-September

Thursdays & Fridays: 11am–1:15pm

Sundays: 11am–2:15pm

No registration is required for Lurie
Garden tours.

Please check the Lurie Garden website
for more information and for possible closures.

Open Daily, 6am-11pm 

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