If you live in Chicago, you can visit the Chicago Botanic Garden throughout the summer for entertainment, as well as inspiration. Through the end of August, their Dancin’ Sprouts program takes place every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 offering families the opportunity enjoy a night away from their Chicago homes for a picnic on the Esplanade. These events are free, but parking is $20 per car. Upcoming favorites are Laura Doherty, Macaroni Soup!, Tisa & the Flower Song Ensemble, Karen Jordan, The Dreamtree Shakers, and Mindy & the Time Outs!
Every night as the sun sets, you can also enjoy the spectacular illumination of Evening Island against the lake, as you take an evening walk through the gardens. Hot Summer Nights, offered on Thursday evenings until September from 6 to 8 p.m. gives adults the chance to enjoy an evening of fun, as well, with dancing and dining picnic style in the McGinley Pavilion. Featured performers include Aloha Lives!, Pamela Rose and the Windy City Country, Creole Stomp, Be-a-ba Do Samba, Guitarra Azul, and Orquesta Con Son. Click here to find out more.