September 1st Annual Mushroom Show

Annual Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden

The Illinois Mycological Association’s (IMA) Annual Mushroom Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate all things fungi by showcasing the richness of Illinois autumn mushrooms, with an exhibit featuring a variety of local wild fungi, and presentations by local and nationally renowned speakers. This event will be located in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Regenstein Center on Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy an early autumn day learning about the wonders of mushrooms and basking in the beauty of nature at the Chicago Botanic Garden. A children’s activity area is available, and mushrooms themed items like books, cups, and t-shirts will be for sale. Speakers include biology student Nicolle Omiotek, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of FUNGI magazine Britt Bunyard, and keynote speaker University of Wisconsin La Crosse Professor Tom Volk.

Mycology is the study of fungi, including mushrooms. The IMA is a group of professional and amateur mycologists, and mushroom enthusiasts committed to the promotion of scientific and educational activities related to fungi. Our interests in mycology include their use by humans as a source for medicine and food. In addition, we seek a greater understanding of their benefits to natural ecosystems. One of the IMA’s major goals is to educate the general public about the importance of fungi to enlighten others about these magnificent organisms. The IMA supports conservation efforts to preserve the integrity of natural areas in order to preserve and promote fungal diversity and communities.

Members of the IMA collect fungi for scientific purposes from spring to fall, and specimens may be preserved in the Field Museum herbarium, or sent to the North American Mycoflora Project for DNA analysis. It was DNA sequencing from Chanterelle mushrooms found in Cook County, investigated by a team of mycologists including Patrick Leacock PhD, IMA scientific advisor, that lead to our own Chicago fungus, the Cantharellus chicagoensis published in 2016. It and many other types of mushrooms and fungi will be at the show.

The Annual Mushroom Show is located at the Chicago Botanic Garden at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Illinois 60022. For further information, please contact the Illinois Mycological Association at The Mushroom Show is free, though there is a fee for parking at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Join us for a fun, educational, and family-oriented introduction to fungi!


Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022
CBG Website


Illinois Mycological Association

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