With the "Monet and Chicago" exhibition opening at the Art Institute of Chicago this weekend, the city is celebrating with a variety of tributes to the work of the French impressionist. River North rooftop bar Boleo is serving a menu of Monet-inspired cocktails, a local developer has created a Snapchat Lens that puts you inside a water lily painting, and the Garfield Park Conservatory is debuting an outdoor garden devoted to the plants and flowers that appear on some of Monet's most famous canvases.
Debuting on September 5, "The Flowers of Monet in the Artist’s Garden" will allow visitors to walk through a garden packed with asters, dahlias, nasturtiums and rose standards—all blooms that have been featured in some of Monet's paintings. There's also a living wall inspired by the artist's Water Lilies series as well as a miniature lily pool on display.
You'll need to purchase a timed ticket ($5 for adults, free for children) to spend 30 minutes walking through "The Flowers of Monet in the Artist’s Garden." While the indoor portions of the Garfield Park Conservatory are still closed to the public, access to the rest of its outdoor gardens remains free—you'll just need to make a reservation.
The Monet-inspired garden is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday and will remain on display for as long as weather permits. Keep in mind that an October cold snap in Chicago isn't out of the question, so you might want to book your tickets sooner rather than later.
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