July 11th Program – Chanterelles of Chicago

One of the favorite and choice edible summer mushrooms is the chanterelle. Decades of research across the country has revealed numerous new species of Cantharellus. We don’t simply have a variable mushroom named Cantharellus cibarius. There are several yellow species of chanterelle in the Upper Midwest and we discovered that the common chanterelle of Chicago is itself a new species. Find out our current knowledge of the area’s chanterelles and the process for research and publication of new species.

This meeting is at the Chicago Botanic Garden, near Glencoe, rather than the museum in Niles.

Directions: Follow the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) west to Edens Expressway (I-94) and U.S. Route 41. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel ½ mile east to the Garden. Enter through the main entrance off Lake Cook Road. At the guard house, tell them that you are attending the lecture at the Science Center and they will give directions for driving through a gate to access the parking at the Science Center, where there is no charge for parking. See the botanic garden website for General Directions.
Patrick Leacock is an Adjunct Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History. He is a scientific advisor for IMA, currently club president, and helps with programs and forays. He is compiling the mycoflora for the Chicago Region. Patrick is also active with the North American Mycological Association and has served as Voucher Coordinator for 18 years.

Gregory M. Mueller Chief Scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He has been involved with the Illinois Mycological Association more than 20 years. Among Greg’s many interests and duties, he serves as Chair of the “Mushrooms, Brackets, and Puffballs” Specialist Group, International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission. Through this work he acts as a coordinator of the Global Fungal Red List Initiative. Greg’s article on National Geographic: The Next New Species Could be in Your Backyard: Why Exploration and Discovery Matter – Everywhere.

Andy Wilson is Adjunct Assistant Conservation Scientist at the Chicago Botanic Garden. He is a past president of the Illinois Mycological Association. He studies the evolution and ecology of mushrooms found around the world. Andy is a wizard with DNA analysis and shares his expertise with students and colleagues.

Jill Riddell is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She writes stories, essays, and articles, and collaborates on museum exhibitions and audio podcasts. Her volunteer work at the Field Museum is part of her investigation into the process of how scientists discover new species.


The Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
Conservation Science Center

Contact Person

1) Illinois Mycological Association
Patrick Leacock

2) Chicago Botanic Garden
Greg Mueller

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