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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

4.7
#9 of 315 in Parks in Illinois
Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Garden
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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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Glencoe holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Chicago Botanic Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We had adults and an almost 2 year old go to the Botanical Gardens. They are currently doing a lot of construction so certain parts were a little confusing to navigate, but not too bad. We ate lunch.....  more
    We had adults and an almost 2 year old go to the Botanical Gardens. They are currently doing a lot of construction so certain parts were a little confusing to navigate, but not too bad. We ate lunch.....  more »
  • I went in June 2022, on a Thursday. I took the “L” to the Braeside station and walked. The garden is lovely and many flowers were in bloom when I was there. The café had nice options. I did a... 
    I went in June 2022, on a Thursday. I took the “L” to the Braeside station and walked. The garden is lovely and many flowers were in bloom when I was there. The café had nice options. I did a...  more »
  • This place is amazing. So beautiful, we'll laid out and organized. My wife and I went (fiance then) and spent all day there. Tons of things to see. Themed areas. Go! 
    This place is amazing. So beautiful, we'll laid out and organized. My wife and I went (fiance then) and spent all day there. Tons of things to see. Themed areas. Go!  more »
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  • The price was $25 a person without a membership which I thought was a little high at first, but as we walked around it was absolutely worth it! The place was huge and there were so many flower and plants to see! You got to feel completely immersed in nature. Someone was having a wedding while we were there so we got to hear some beautiful music as we walked around which added to the ambiance! I was so impressed by the upkeep and the amount of trails to walk through! I would absolutely go back!
  • I always come here for a good relaxing day! I love everything here and I also love taking pictures here. But they did a Christmas light here and boy did I love it!!!! Such a fun experience. They even have hot drinks u can buy to keep u warm. I already bought tickets for the next time. U definitely need to buy tickets for the light show ahead of time because they will be sold out. But definitely worth it.
  • Awesome place and we only saw half of it due to child's nap time. The model train garden made me in awe and could spend so long in there just looking at every little detail. The gardens are awesome in general and cannot wait to see more. The Cafe was delicious and would recommend for lunch. Look forward to going back and seeing the rest
  • It is big and if you have kids would be little difficult to visit every single island. Though butterfly park and rail garden is really worth visiting with kids. You can use tram which runs every hours to take a ride which can help you to see high level how the botanic garden is. Have lunch in cafeteria . Enjoy the beautiful flowers 💐 .
  • Beautiful garden. Been there numerous times. Favorite place to walk the trails. One star for adding entry fee since the year 2022. Car parking $8. Entry fee $25 per adult and $22 per child. This place used to be completely free since it opened except the parking fees.Now if a family of four wants to go out and watch some nature, it's going to cost over $100. NOT WORTH IT. What were they thinking when they added per person entry fee to the garden. Tax payers support a decent part of operating costs. Plus a lot of corporations donate huge amounts of money. So why the new fees.

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