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More than 1,000 hand-carved, real pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists from the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, and watch live carvers. Visit chicagobotanic.org/halloween for tickets and information.
Wednesday, October 14, through Sunday, October 18 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.), and Wednesday, October 21, through Sunday, October 25 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
Last ticket sold at 9:30 p.m. and last entry at 10 p.m. The Garden will close each day at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. for ticketed guests only. Tripods and monopods are not allowed during event hours. Prices vary for members.
For more information, call 847.835.5440