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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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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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  • This is one of the great places to visit in the United States. You must spend at least half of a day w/good walking shoes to enjoy this wonderful garden. If you are in this area, try your best to take...  read more »
  • We had an amazing time wandering around the gardens. We were unable to stay for as long as we wanted because it was to cold for us in June but they were so gracious and gave us tickets to come back an...  read more »
  • Our family of 6 went on a visit with friends to the gardens. It is stunning. The gardens are HUGE! So much to explore! I enjoyed the lake area and the fruit, berry & veggie gardens. The bee exhibit is...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Most enjoyable and perfect in every way, great. Staff knowledgeable and courteous. I have been privileged to see the grounds many many times I am never disappointed! I THANKYOU kindly for sharing your extrodinarery gardens with us. Friends of the Historical Society ! Bless you all for your continued interest and support. Sincerely, Bernadette Cedzidlo thankyou kindly!
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