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Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
847 835 5440
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Glencoe
Type: Gardens
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: While Chicago has a great deal to offer, the outlying suburbs certainly have some treasures of their own. Despite being named the "Chicago Botanic... more »
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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

An absolutely beautiful oasis, with multiple special gardens surrounded by lagoons and fountains. My favorites are the English walled garden, the enabling garden and the fruit and vegetable garden. The Japanese garden on three islands is serene, the bulb gardens herald spring with color, altogether a great experience.

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Edmonton, Alberta
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I've been to botanic gardens in several cities and have never been disappointed. However, the Chicago Botanic Gardens really take things up a notch. My daughter's in-laws are members of the Botanic Society and I can see why. Although we visited late in the season there were still many plants still blooming beautifully. Butterflies, finches, Canada geese and and a... More

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Torrance
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Beautiful - exceeded all of my expecations. The Japanese Gardens and English Walled Gardens were 2 of my favorites. Visited for 4 hours and still did not see the entire gardens. $25 to park and the tram tour, miniature railroad and butterfly exhibit were additional costs. Next time I will pay to take the tram as it looks to provide... More

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Cataula, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was my first time to this garden, but I have been to many others. It was a warm day so we tried to find shade as much as possible. We took the perimeter train tour first to get some ideas of what we would like to see. That did seem helpful. All the plants were well labelled which I... More

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Danbury, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We lived on the north shore of Chicago and had easy access to the garden. We love the bike trails up to the garden and trails in the garden. Very nice gardens with some great events. One time we went to the Bonsai show there and really enjoyed the extra displays. The indoor greenhouses and the outdoor grounds are all... More

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St. Charles, IL
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We have visited several times and have thoroughly enjoyed strolling throughout the gardens. This is a wonderful way to spend a Chicago afternoon. There is much to see and if you are not able to walk, there is a tram tour available that offers narration of the various garden areas. On weekends, there are gardening demonstrations as well as special... More

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Glenview, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

What is this category "family with teens". Why no option for simply family? I'm sure it is Trip Advisors fault. Botanic Gardens is awesome. Beautiful. Always fun to wander around. Nice ourdoors. Some nice green houses. Cafe and gift shop at entrance are nice. My favorite places to go are the "waterfall" and the rose garden. But really everything is... More

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Woodstock, IL
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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I've probably been to the CGB 20 times or more. While you can stop in for a short visit, it's best to plan several hours, perhaps all day if you want to see most of it. This is one of my favorite spots on earth, so it's difficult not to gush with praise. Beauty abounds. And it's ever changing, and... More

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Munich
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Pros: beautiful, well-planned, interesting themes, numerous activities, friendly personnel. Cons: 30-45 minute drive by car from downtown Chicago, expensive. If you don't get the (summer only) family package for 50$, you will feel like you are being "nickled and dimed to death" as one of my relatives put it. Entrance fee free. But parking is 25$ per car, and for... More

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southern US
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91 reviews 91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A beautiful, beautiful garden spread out of a couple hundred acres located about a 30-45 minute drive north of Chicago. We visited as a family group ranging in age from kindergarten to retirees. No one was bored! The garden includes several islands connected by foot bridges, an English walled garden, a Japanese rock garden, a multi-layer waterfall, prairies, water gardens,... More

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