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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

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#10 of 214 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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  • I will definitely comeback to see more and explore this huge garden. I was thrilled and happy to have seen the orchid exhibit being held at the botanic grounds. They have wonderful selection and variety of different orchid species from different private owners and some homegrown. The ticket prices was hit for me since I got for $35 which included parking fee and 2 admission tickets to the exhibit not bad huh. Dined at cafeteria which was clean had friendly and accommodating staff plus a spectacular view from the garden but since it’s winter outdoor sitting wasn’t available yet. My overall experience was awesome and satisfied so this spring hoping to be back when the plants and flowers start to bloom which I’m-looking forward too! Kudos to all the staff at the botanic garden keep up the good work!
  • 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 day here, take your time and admire in the colors. There’s almost always something going on here too that adds to the magic of this place. Many weddings here which are always oh so beautiful. Also, not to mention, events! On summer nights there’s usually carillon bell concerts, which I highly recommend.
  • Love. This. Place. I've visited many a times and the Gardens are beautiful year round. Always tend to visit The Orchid Show. PRO TIP: Check to see if your library offers Museum Passes. You can get half off parking for one vehicle at a lot of libraries here. You can pick it up at the library and the pass is good for a 7 day window.
  • The orchid show was gorgeous. We had scheduled entry at 10:30. There were lots of other people visiting, but it definitely wasn’t too crowded to enjoy. He grounds are beautiful. I can’t wait to go back in summer.
  • This place is truly a marvelous stop for anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature in all seasons. I've only visited in the winter, but was treated to a dreamy wintery landscape that was magical on its own. Indoors and out, this place is absolutely worth the entrance fee, especially if you love plants, trees, and flowers. Also visited during their Orchid Festival, and it blew my expectations out of the water!
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