Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden

Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

As one museum exhibit closes this weekend, another opens for the first time in the U.S. Plus, meet a best-selling author, see a spectacular show, and visit Chicago Botanic Garden for a favorite annual event.

Thrity Umrigar Author Event

Thrity Umrigar: "The Story Hour"

Thrity Umrigar photo by Robert Mueller.

Feb. 18

Thrity Umrigar, best-selling author of “The Story Hour,” will speak at Adlai E. Stevenson High School as part of the “One Book, One Community” initiative sponsored by Cook Memorial, Indian Trails and Vernon Area public libraries. The event is free and open to all, but please register online. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Northbrook’s Book Bin.

“Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann”

Illinois Holocaust Museum

Photo courtesy of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Opens Feb. 19

The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s latest exhibit examines “the secret history behind bringing one of the most notorious Nazi war criminals of the 20th century to justice.” Explore the pre-digital and pre-DNA methods used to capture Adolf Eichmann and see the original bulletproof glass booth, surrounded by projected testimonies, from the courtroom where Eichmann testified. This is the first time this exhibit will appear outside Israel.

“Shen Yun”

Closes Feb. 19

After seeing this show, Broadway critic Richard Connema said, “I’ve reviewed about 4,000 shows. None can compare to what I saw tonight.” Can’t make it this weekend? “Shen Yun” will also run March 10-12 at Rosemont Theatre.

“Lincoln’s Undying Words”

"Lincoln's Undying Words" at Chicago History Museum

“Lincoln’s Drive through Richmond” by Dennis Malone Carter portrays the president’s triumphant visit to the fallen rebel capital on April 4, 1865. Throngs of former slaves and white Union sympathizers gave Lincoln a hero’s welcome while Confederate supporters remained indoors. (Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.)

Closes Feb. 20

This is your last chance to see the Lincoln family carriage, Lincoln’s deathbed and last order to General Ulysses S. Grant, a first edition of “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup and more in this exhibit that explores five of Lincoln’s key speeches.

The Orchid Show

Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show 2017

Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

Through March 26

One of Chicago Botanic Garden’s biggest (and best) events is back. Don’t miss your opportunity to buy orchids and other merchandise at the Orchid Marketplace every weekend, or register for classes like Orchids for Beginners (Feb. 18), Photographing Orchids (Feb. 23) and Growing Orchids Indoors (Feb. 24). Learn more about those and other events (and a special ticket offer for two) at chicagobotanic.org/orchid.

Looking Ahead

  • Mago Grill & Cantina will host its inaugural Taco Fest on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at their South Loop location (1010 S. Delano Court). Eleven restaurants, including Latinicity, Antique Taco and Seoul Taco, will compete for Best Taco, Best Presentation or Best Booth. All ticket sales will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.