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Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
847 835 5440
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As featured in Daytrips from Chicago
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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Manchester, Vermont
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

A thing of beauty...385 acres of botanic beauty. You will not be disappointed. We visited in August and the place was in full bloom. There are so many different types of gardens...Japanese, water gardens, ground cover gardens, vegetable gardens etc. in addition to numerous more traditional flower gardens. The bonsai exhibit is spectacular. No matter what season, there is something... More

Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden is well worth it, especially when you want to see an attraction that is not jammed into the center of Chicago. Its located of I-94 right at the spot where it become a toll road. The park is massive, which gives its many visitors plenty of space to spread out. We loved the... More

Denver, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Visited while in CHI for US Navy boot camp graduation. We loved it! Walked around for a couple of hours and probably only saw about 1/3 of the grounds. They open the gates at 8 am, although some of the in-park attractions (tram, etc) do not begin service until 10am. We took hundreds of pictures and marveled at the beauty... More

Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The gardens are enormous, so it's important to mention that the "main" 1/3 of them are the real attractions - with the Japanese, English Walled, Native, Bulb, Bonzai, Greenhouses etc specialty gardens falling into this 1/3. For those who like long walks, there are long paths that reach the edges of the property around lakes and meadows, but the majority... More

Berea, Kentucky
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It was summer - so not much color abounded. We were in town visiting relatives in nearby WI and decided to do this one day. The restaurant food was fresh and tasty also. We paid the extra for the tram tour, don't regret it.

Steger, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I spent a lovely afternoon walking thru the Chicago Botanic gardens. The parking fee is rather high but it is free admission. We did go to the butterfly and the model train garden which was very enjoyable. The bonsai garden was my favorite. I definitely recommend a visit.

Rockford, Michigan
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

All the times we have been to Chicago and surrounding area, we never came upon this gorgeous place till now. We spent over four hours here on a recent Sunday in July walking the gardens . All I can say is beautiful! The parking is 25$ but we belong to our local gardens and had our card with us so... More

North West England
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Yes it was a bit of a drive,but well worth the effort. Free admitance to the gardens just a nominal $25 parking. Visitors should allocate sufficient time to take in the natural beauty,manicured exhibit areas,fruit trees/bushes.A great deal of thought,time and love has been devoted to this growing cultural wonderland. The lakes afford ideal surroundings for many of the indiginous... More

Chicago, IL USA
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

was at the gardens for an outside concert tonight. very good music. very good wine from my house. enjoying music, talking to friend, there is a car driving around the esplanade...workers ask her what she is doing "I have no idea" is the answer. sure hope no one got run over. might want to look over the security tapes for... More

13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We are lucky to live only about 20 minutes from this wonderful garden. First of all, it's important to note that it is about 40 minutes outside of the city, but definitely worth the drive and is also accessible by public transportation. The garden is HUGE! you can spend a full day visiting a wide variety of gardens with a... More

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