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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

(4.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Chicago Botanic Garden a part of your Glencoe vacation plans using our Glencoe trip builder.
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  • Open year-round, the Chicago Botanic Garden has something for for everyone. We took a leisurely stroll around the perimeter of the garden moving from woods to meadow to wetlands, but visitors can stay...  more »
  • How lucky we are to be living in the Chicagoland area and have the magnificent (not hyperbole!) Chicago Botanic Garden nearby. Stroll through the lovely themed gardens, grab a bite and eat on their de...  more »
  • Every season the Botanic Gardens changes and shows you the beauty of native foliage and beyond. It is such a peaceful place to wander off and truly smell the roses. Love it! 
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  • I love, love, love it here. It is so peaceful, and transplants you away from the city when you need it. It's like a little secret garden! I love bringing children here, and having scavenger hunts or bird/butterfly spotting. We have so much fun running around here any time we go!
  • The plants and prairies are nicely maintained and labeled. But, the buildings are more suited for an office park than a botanical garden and the sound of the highway is so overwhelming that it was difficult to enjoy anything.
  • So much to see for the cost of nothing but parking. You would do well to get there early, because the lines for parking can get lengthy and the lots close to the entrance fill up quickly. The train exhibit is a treat for kids (and nerdy adults like me), but you have to pay extra for that. As with the parking, the lines for this can get long quickly, so you should try and get there as it opens too. The Japanese garden is delightful; well worth a visit. They do kids craft events from time to time. These are a little lacklustre in my experience, but a decent distraction and are provided free of charge also.
  • Love the Botanic Garden! If you live nearby, the price for a membership is less than $100 and you can go all year. I've been here 10 times now, and I still haven't seen everything. Even in the winter, there is something to see here, with tropical and desert greenhouses, and the Japanese garden in the snow.
  • Excellent food! Love the vegetarian chili. The kids Mac and cheese is a failure. My kids (2&5) didn't eat it, and they eat everything. I looked around and noticed that other children were not eating it either. Maybe they should make it with regular macaroni instead of whole wheat penne. Good in planning, poor in execution. Mac & Cheese with penne is like a dozen red roses for your Valentine. Except that you picked daisies and called it a "special Valentine bouquet".