UPDATE: While the Chicago Botanic Gardens remain open, the Orchid Show has been canceled.
Need a break from the monotonous sights of winter in Chicago? Head to the North Shore for the Chicago Botanic Garden's annual orchid show, where there are more than 10,000 blooms on display to brighten your day. The Regenstein Center is filled with towering orchid installations, including a canopy of color, a floating carpet and a dramatic chandelier. Swing by on Saturdays and Sundays to shop for orchids of your own in a pop-up marketplace, or stay late on Thursday nights to have a cocktail during Orchids After Hours.