The Botanic Garden Lights Up

By Judy Carmack Bross


On a recent moonlit night more than 700 light-hearted guests leapt at the opportunity to be the first to enter the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lightscape, walking along the all-new path filled with favorite installations like the Winter Cathedral as well as new and reimagined pieces on the 1.25-mile trail which featured hot bites and seasonal drinks along the way.


2022 Lightscape Preview co-chairs Henry Munez of Chicago, Jennifer Martay of Winnetka, Jennifer Dine of Winnetka, Lindsay Doyle of Wilmette, Lydia Kelley of Winnetka and Melissa Corley of Winnetka


Calvine and Charlie Bowen with Tom and Anne Rodhouse of Lake Forest


Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of Forest Preserves of Cook County of Chicago; Martha Boudos of Wilmette; Kim and Fred Spicer, Executive Vice President and Director of Chicago Botanic Garden; Jean Franczyk, President and CEO of Chicago Botanic Garden, and Chris Hall of Chicago


Christa Leone, Andrea Copetas, Rose Metzger, Jennifer Martay, Claudine Gerbel, Vicki Lee,  and Diane Gillis


The Board of Directors, Woman’s Board and Guild of the Chicago Horticultural Society raised $1 million during the Lightscape Preview—always a sold-out success–that supports the Chicago Botanic Garden’s work in plant science, community engagement, learning, and the curation of the living museum.


Sam and Miho Jacobs with children Zoey and Zachary of Glencoe


Brian and Ann Balusek of Winnetka


Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Luke Randall of Chicago


Eunice, Andre and Amina Hawkins of Oak Park


Laura and Bruce Linger of Winnetka


The 2022 Lightscape Preview was co-chaired by Board of Directors Lydia Kelley, Henry Munez, Woman’s Board members Melissa Corley, Jennifer Martay, and Guild members Jennifer Dine, and Lindsay Doyle.  Culinary Landscape catered the evening.


Lightscape, the after-dark illuminated trail, runs through January 8 at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Jodi Zombolo, Associate Vice President, Visitor Events & Programs at the Botanic Garden, told us: “Lightscape provides a festive opportunity to celebrate the season with friends and family while being amazed by exciting installations that have never been seen before. We are now in our fourth year, and 80 percent of the trail continues to change and feature imaginative works created for the Garden from international artists, so even returning guests will always see something new.”


                                                      Michael and Aida Giglio of Northbrook                                                                                                                

Ivan Adames, Chief Development Officer at Chicago Botanic Garden, and Liz Adames of Evanston



William Beggs and Todd Schwebel of Chicago


Rene, Lillian and Anna Svach of Glen Ellyn


Nancy and Ron Kurz of Winnetka


Mukesh and Rita Dubey of Cary


Marcus and Lindsay Garcia of Chicago


Tatum, Kari and J.P. Clarke of Wilmette


The Chicago Botanic Garden comprises 385 acres of landscaped gardens featuring millions of plants, flowers and trees in 27 different gardens in four natural habitats. Its educational opportunities are available for all ages.


For further information about Lightscape, running through January 8, visit:


Photos By: Chicago Botanic Garden