Experience the Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden

A colorful tunnel of Christmas lights

An easy drive from Farmington Lakes Apartments is a 385-acre living plant museum. Yes, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a beautiful horticultural experience, featuring twenty-seven gardens in four natural habitats. Though the gardens are open year-round, now is the time to enjoy the seasonal extravaganza known as the Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden.

The Botanic Garden’s holiday displays are open through January 7th, and highlights include:


Greenhouse Galleries

The Botanic Garden opened more than forty years ago, becoming one of the world’s greatest conservation science centers. Its gardens are a local favorite, and the center welcomes over a million visitors annually. Of course, the gardens have also become a seasonal favorite.

All three of the garden’s impressive greenhouses are decked out for the holidays. In the tropical greenhouse, you’ll find colorful poinsettia spheres and slow-growing spindle palms wrapped in white lights. Meanwhile, the subtropical greenhouse displays blue hydrangeas and topiary animals. In the arid section, visitors will see baskets of Christmas cactus, kalanchoe, and burro’s tails. Plus, you’ll find caroling, ice sculpting, and more as you wander the premises.


Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden

All aboard the Wonderland Express! Train enthusiasts won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Wonderland Express in action. The impressive train collection features a variety of cars and engines, snow-covered tracks and dwarf and mini-conifers as well as beautiful poinsettias. All ages will gasp at the intricate beauty of these model trains and their stunning displays.


Miniature Chicago

Created by Paul Busse and his crew, Miniature Chicago displays detailed replicas of more than eighty of the city’s most famous buildings and landmarks. The pieces were all crafted from natural materials such as acorns and pine cone. Highlights include Soldier Field, the Robie House, and Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel.


The Wonderland Express is just one seasonal event that you can enjoy when you call our apartment community home. Please contact us to schedule a tour where you can see our amenities firsthand.

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