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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

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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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  • This is a great bike ride from Evanston. Our final stop before turning around, includes a lunch overlooking the water and a walk through the garden. No matter how often you visit CBG, there is always ...  more »
  • We are fortunate to live quite close to the Botanic gardens so are regular visitors. This is a great place to visit and just wander around. The center area with the displays and hot houses can get bus...  more »
  • What a wonderful experience. I specially went to see extensive Model G Gauge Railroad garden/exhibit. Great fun for all 7 of us and inexpensive; $15.00. Many went to see Butterflies while I sat in Bee...  more »
  • This is my happy place. The gardens are a different experience every time I visit. The painstaking care and experimental spirit are evident in the beauty of the space, also well explained along the paths. It's an excellent place to catch up with old friends or spend some quiet time, admiring the beauty and variety nature has to offer. You won't regret your visit! The greenhouses are a fantastic place to spend time if it's raining.
  • This place is truly a must-see if you're in Chicago, especially if you're on a budget. Unfortunately, it was windy and chilly when we went, but thanks to the greenhouses, we were offered frequent periods of respite. I am used to the walled St. Louis Botanical Garden, but this is truly a beautiful, sprawling complex. We will definitely be coming back, but picking a date later in the spring to ensure warmer weather.
  • I visit the Garden often. By far one of my favorite places in the Chicago area. It is beautiful all year round and there is always something new to see. Keri at the information desk is so sweet and helpful. Whenever I visit and see she's working I always make it a point to go over and talk with her. She knows the garden very well and always has great suggestions of things to see. She and all the other employees seem to truly love their jobs. I would too - the gardens are magnificent.
  • Awesome ✅ I can stay all day in there. I went to there winter time. It was cold and lake was ice. But this time was really good📷 You can see the all flowers trees birds. You can acces to there with car but you need pay for parking I guess it was $20. But there is a park close the garden. We Parked over there and we walked 10 minutes in the wood✅ restroom ✅ clean✅ fresh and nature ✅
  • Chicago Botanic Garden is a beautiful respite from the business of Chi town. This garden is beautiful year round because they try to incorporate indoor garden events such as the orchid festival in February (pictures below). Additionally, visiting the Japanese garden after or during a heavy snowfall will provide a totally different experience than during the warmer months. The lanterns catch the snow in an intentionally beautiful way. The Chicago botanic gardens are a must. If you live in the area I HIGHLY recommend getting a season pass. We have used ours at least 15 times already because we always take friends and family who come to visit. Being able to take an entire car full of people with only one season pass is awesome! The bistro inside serves excellent food and beverages (including Starbucks coffee) year round. During the summer they open a grill on the deck which serves organic and grass fed beef (fairly pricey but typical) and beer. Additionally, there is a walking/bike path around the gardens which is great for outdoor exercise. They have bikes that you can rent if you don't have or want to bring your own. All in all, this is a great place that may seem pricey at first glance. But if you can, get a season pass and it will be totally worth while.