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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone Number: 847 835 5440
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: A 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.

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Rental bikes are a new feature at the Botanic Garden. The cost is $7 an hour, or $28 for the day. Set up an account at chicago.smoovebike.com You will receive an access code... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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536 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Rental bikes are a new feature at the Botanic Garden. The cost is $7 an hour, or $28 for the day. Set up an account at chicago.smoovebike.com You will receive an access code and a pin number. Go to the station (on the way to the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit), choose a bike from the ten-dock rack; press enter; enter... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Key attraction is the Japanese Garden and the water fall is also nice. However, if someone has visited the real water fall or forest in say Canadian rockies then you won't find it very appealing. However, not bad in the middle of city (not literally because it is some 15 milues up north in Northshore).

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

With serene vistas and artistic juxtapositions, this is a fabulous place to spend the day. The leisurely walks lend itself to permitting conversing, so it's a great place to catch up with someone you haven't seen in a while. Fee is per vehicle parking, so it's better to load up one car rather than take several. You can easily bring... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

What a gem of an attraction !!!! Be sure to reserve parking on line for reduced fee. Or, you could ride the commuter train and walk into the garden. Walking and biking path also. The museum is free ; however, attractions require ticket purchase. Well worth purchasing all three attractions for reduced fee----Tram ride, butterfly cage and the miniature train... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

My family was impressed by the beautiful gardens and water fountains. We went on a weekday and the parking costs $25 but there is no admission fees, which is a great value in my opinion. The restaurant also offers many healthy dishes and prices are fair. Love the garden overall.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I was in Chicago in late May -Early June. My aunt decided to drop me off at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. I thought the time would pass fairly quickly because I was alone and there might not be much to see! But boy, was I wrong! The Chicago gardens are beautiful and have something that is in bloom for almost... More 

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is one of my best fall color visit. I can not forget the view of colorful trees, lake and bridges. Still this is my FB page. I love this place and I strongly recommend friends to visit this garden specially during tulip and fall season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

PROS: can easily spend the whole day in; free admission but parking is not; amazing Bonsai collection; diverse collection of different gardens inside the area CONS: none

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Wilmette, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is a MUST stop if you are in the Chicago area! It is on the north shore in Highland Park so you really need a car to visit unless you are staying in the area then you can bike in! Cost is free for walking around but you do have to pay a car parking fee. I believe it... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were very happy to find out we could visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens even without a car while visiting Chicago! It was so easy by taking a Metra train there from the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago. You take Metra's Union Pacific North Line to the Braeside Metra train station. Buy your tickets from the conductor on the... More 

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