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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

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#10 of 136 in Parks in Illinois
Situated on 155 hectares (385 acres) and spanning nine islands, Chicago Botanic Garden has a reputation as one of the world's top plant conservatories and living museums. The garden boasts an impressive 26 themed gardens including the aquatic garden, the bulb garden, the waterfall garden, the renowned bonsai collection, and four natural habitats. Wander the grounds on foot, or catch a 35-minute guided tram tour departing from the visitor center. Because the garden is also a haven for various species of native birds, it's a popular spot for bird watching. The Garden View Cafe on property provides sustainably sourced snacks. The garden hosts many special events throughout the year, so be sure to check the website's calendar prior to your visit. Put Chicago Botanic Garden into our Glencoe trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • There’s so much to see here and an insane amount of beauty to get lost in here. My personal favorite place is the Japanese garden. Calm and peaceful, this is my place of relaxation. Spend the whole da...  more »
  • Chicago Botanical garden looks beautiful at any season. There are a lot of activities: tour on the tram, bonsai or flowers shows.. Rose garden is very special, it has roses from different countries; p...  more »
  • It's always a pleasure to come back to see the trains at this amazing botanical garden. It is not the season for being outside, but the beauty of this place is undeniable
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  • The best thing was admission is free. Yet, the parking was $20, so it will be much better to park the car somewhere else nearby and then walk to the garden. The most beautiful place in the Chicago Botanic garden, I think, is Japanese garden, and the small waterfall hidden behind the walk. However, as we came here in the late Fall, most of the plants were not at their peak. Thus, the best time to visit here definitely is between late Spring and early Summer. The theme of the area was arranged by plant species, so people will very likely to find something that they are interested in. I was pretty excited walking the Japanese garden, while my friend fell in love with Rose Garden. Also, there were a beautiful Bonsai collection and the Orchid show located in the same building that is so worth to visit. All in all, this garden is a right place for hanging out and having a picnic, perhaps, in the weekend with family. However, the food was little overpriced. Besides, mostly we just walked and took some photos as we did not find so many things to get involved here.
  • It's the most wonderful time of the year.... to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden. In my family it has become a family tradition to come here every year and explore the Wonderland Express! It's made beautiful from and ll sorts of material and it smells amazing!
  • What a beautiful place. We went for the Pumpkin event. 1000 carved Pumpkins. Amazing! Can't wait to go back in the Summer to see the Gardens. A must see. You won't be disappointed.
  • ABSOLUTELY beautiful place! It's changing every season so it keeps you coming back for more. Amazing wildlife and nature at it's best. The food is good but seemed commercial and a bit pricey. The diversity of plants will astonish you; from the cactus rooms to the bonzai tree courtyard. The waterfalls are beautiful and the butterfly garden is must see!
  • This place is incredible! It's always immaculately groomed. The staff is friendly and helpful. They always have lots of seasonal adjustments and special displays. Best of all, it's free. Tip for families: head towards the learning center when the weather is nice for some fun on the moguls and in the small river for kids.

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