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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

4.8
#9 of 310 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. PutChicago 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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  • This was the first time I was here and since it was early March most of the outside was brown! But I went for the Orchid Show and it was absolutely stunning! I've never seen so much beautiful all...  more »
  • Absolutely spectacular artistic display of glorious orchids in an architectural, pliable entity. An honorable organization that respects nature, creativity, evolution, history and community...  more »
  • As a trained botanist this place is magnificent. From the manicured Japanese Garden to the sustainable green planted roof there is something for all people. It is not “just plants.” The edible plants....  more »
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  • Really beautiful place. Amazing to see and have an idea of huge number of plants of various kids surrounded by water. Family friendly and there are many activities for kids. The eating area is well maintained and have limited, yet good food selection. So packing your lunch might be a good idea. No entry fees but you will be paying $30 for parking, in case coming via your car. It is a big place so be prepared for long walks.
  • Beautifully maintained, scenery view, well maintained, This beautiful park contains a formal rose garden, a woodland garden, a Japanese inspired garden, and a brook garden. A whimsical railroad garden runs through a miniature town. A path leads visitors around serene Swan Lake over a charming bridge that would be at home in Monet’s garden. The beautiful gazebo is the perfect place to sit for a spell and watch the wildlife like the kingfishers and blue herons that call the pond home. Bluebird boxes dot the space and provide nesting opportunity. best park in Chicago.
  • One of my favorite places in the world. This is a place that you can enjoy each season. The beauty is outstanding. Be prepared to spend the day just walking, enjoying everything nature has to offer. In some areas you're able to ride your bike on designated paths. There is also a tram that takes you for a tour of the gardens. They have many events throughout the year as well as courses on a variety of subjects. If you're not a member, there is a fee to get in, for parking and the tram. But it's all worth it!
  • I love the Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s a great place to take your family or to even go on a date for a nice relaxing walk around a wide variety of gardens. The staff is very friendly and I was offered a map upon arrival which was great. My favorite spots were the greenhouses that are right by the bonsai trees! Entrance is free, however you must pay for parking but it is not expensive at all. Discount for Cook County residents.
  • Just gorgeous. Very serene and a true escape. Friendly and helpful staff that really loves what they do. Took my boys to the train exhibit and they loved it! They do a little bingo game with it that my 4 year old loved. I can't wait to go again!

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