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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Luan NAugust 8, 2017
Very relaxing environment. Manicure gardens with lot of special exhibits (orchids, flower arraignments, bonsai...). Different seasons with different themes (falls foliage are very specials in my opini... more »
powershopperAugust 8, 2017
Magnificent gardens, lots to see and walk or bike. The Botanic Gardens should be a must see! We've visited relatives before, and this was a real treat for the day. Leisurely stroll through the various... more »
Doc523August 7, 2017
We arrived early Saturday morning [recommended] by !:00 p.m. gardens was filling up fast and so was the parking. We took the the 1st tram of the morning, well worth the $5 per person [senior]. The tra... more »
Lorenzo AmerisJuly 4, 2017
Breathtaking multi island garden, filled with countless exhibits and plantlife that have gained international renown. There is so much to learn about these places, and a variety of research projects are conducted here, as well as commercial investment. For the average person however there are numerous programs that aim to better the health, body, and mind of its visitors. The trails, made by professional landscapers from all over showcase incredible vistas and a number of styles. There is a market, and fresh food restaurant facilities. As well as an indoor complex with a bonsai garden of repute. Note that these are only a few highlights, it is a trip that would take more than a day to fully explore and more than i can explain in a few paragraphs. Strongly recommend, there is something for everyone!
Victoria ChiouJune 14, 2017
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.
Seth LindseyMay 27, 2017
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.
Elaine McKayApril 27, 2017
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.
Jacob ClarkJune 26, 2017
This place is amazing and so beautiful. I would highly recommend taking the family here. You can spend hours here so much to do with the butterfly garden and 2 tram rides plus the model railroad garden. Food is great as well.
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