Free Fallin’ at Lurie Garden: Fall Events and Programs List Released

By Marielle Shaw in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 21, 2014 3:00PM

Photo Courtesy the Lurie Garden

You probably fall into one of two camps right now, weather-wise. The chill in the air could have you dejectedly retiring the flip-flops and shelving the swimsuits—or giddy about sweater season, apple cider and pumpkin patches. I confess to belonging more to the latter group.

Festival season may have wrapped up, but there’s plenty more reasons to stick to the outdoors as the weather grows cooler. Fall colors are just around the corner, and it’s some of the best possible weather for leisurely strolls through the city’s gardens, parks and preserves.

And while you might not think of Millennium Park as particularly pastoral, due to the tourist population density, the Lurie Garden manages a strange but welcome set-apart feeling, perfect for a little time to breathe just off of Michigan Avenue and admire the view.

If you’d like to do more than admire, though, Lurie Garden at Millennium Park has just released their fall schedule of events and programs. This year’s list includes all kinds of activities, from tours to poetry events and photography classes. You can check out the full schedule and pre-register (for events that require it) on Here’s some highlights:

Fall Grass Walk: This is a walk with the garden’s plantsman and designer where he’ll be talking about the garden’s design and the role of grasses in the perennial landscape. Fall Grass Walk takes place September 25th, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am:

Gardener’s Walk: This event requires no registration, but is a look at the different plants at Lurie and their place in the garden, and will focus on a “specific area of horticultural interest.” Gardener’s takes place Walk October 10th from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Urban Wild: Celebrating Fall at the Lurie Garden- This event will focus on the bees that populate the garden, and includes a tour of the garden, honey tastings, and education about preservation. Urban Wild: Celebrating Fall at the Lurie Garden takes place October 23rd from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Urban Landscape Photography is a chance for pre-registered guests to walk the garden and work with Chicago Photography Center’s Warren Perlstein on your landscape photography chops. We have a feeling this one will fill up fast. Urban Landscape Photography takes place October 25th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

October 26th is a day of poetry in the garden, with an adult event from 10 a.m. to noon followed by a children’s poetry adventure and contest with prizes.

Beeswax Candles: Inspired by Nature is an event that requires a pre-registration but will teach basic candle making on December 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

These are just a few of the upcoming events that caught our eye. Dates and information may change, so bookmark the garden’s website and keep an eye on their calendar.

We’re big fans of the city’s many beautiful parks, and hope to be spending much of our time this fall with the leaves crunching underneath our feet. Between Lurie's events, treks to the Chicago Botanic Gardens and the fall colors at the Arboretum, we're sure we can have a busy and beautiful fall outside.