Lurie Garden Membership

Lurie Garden Members are a community of people who share a love of the garden while supporting the activities that fulfill its mission.

Our supporters give to the garden because their hearts are touched by its beauty and they understand the importance of fostering a stronger connection between nature and the public. Our members all have their own unique connection to the garden while sharing the understanding that the act of contributing strengthens the community as well as deepens their relationship to a place that always gives generously to wildlife, the casual visitor, and those who call Chicago home.

Our members has helped us with:

  • Presenting over 75 free public programs in 2019!
  • Outreach efforts with student groups and neighborhoods
  • Supporting our volunteer program that logged over 1,200 hours 
interacting with the public and helping with programming
  • Providing educational and inspirational content to the public via our newsletters and social media
  • Continuing improvements on our plant records and website’s plant finder

Thank you!

Membership Gift – Lurie Garden Pressed Plant Prints with Calligraphy Notation

When we opened up our plant press last year we realized how we could express to our patrons our appreciation for their support. After we carefully scanned some of the plants, we asked area calligrapher, Julie Wildman, to design a script to write the common and scientific name of each selection. The results are beautiful 11×14″, limited-run prints that can be framed, given as gifts, and collected as we will continue this process with new plants for years to come!

Here are our pressed print plants for 2020:

For 2020 the Tulip-level membership we have our Grecian windflower ‘Blue Shades’ (Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’) pressed plant prints. We chose this print because last year we planted quite a few, and we’re looking forward to the results!

In addition to the Grecian windflower ‘Blue Shades’ print, Allium level members will also be receiving prints of lead plant (Amorpha canescens) with its fuzzy purple flowers and bright orange anthers as well as our favorite pollinator magnet that looks great all year long, golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)!

Member Insider Notes

Periodically we collect all the behind-the-news and send it to our members and supporters. We stuff this update with photos of the garden and news about what we’ve seen in the garden, new plant additions, trips to other gardens, or maintenance and construction projects. You can see a sample of one of our updates here.

The Lurie Garden Membership Card

The Lurie Garden membership card gives 10% off local eateries like Millennium Park’s Park Grill, Toni Patisserie & Cafe, as well as Christy Webber Gardens & Farming Supplies and Northwind Perennial Farm.

Reciprocal Admissions Program (RAP): The Lurie Garden membership card also gives you free or discounted admission to over 300 gardens and arboreta in the United States. You can find which gardens participate in this program here. Keep in mind that often gardens exclude themselves if they are within 90 miles of the garden of which you are a member. Be sure to check with the listings if they exclude themselves or contact any gardens before visiting.

Talk with Jacqueline van der Kloet will take place in May 2020. Details to follow.

To become a member or renew your membership, select your membership level and complete the form below. After you submit your information, you will immediately receive an email confirming a successful transaction. Creating and renewing a membership is the same process. Your membership materials will arrive in your mailbox within 10-14 days. Thank you!

If you have any questions or feedback about membership please contact Jo ana Kubiak, Membership and Communications Manager, at

Lurie Garden is managed by Millennium Park Foundation, which is a registered 501(c)(3), EIN 36-4244167. Your generous donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To see confirmation of your transaction, please scroll to the top of this page and check the email you provided.