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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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Hours:
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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Always Good, Best in Colder Weather

Chicago Botanic Garden does not need one review. It is a grand place in Chicagoland. Little I can add. Every year we are coming here - sometimes with friends, most of the times... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
Gennady S
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Deerfield, Illinois
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Deerfield, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Chicago Botanic Garden does not need one review. It is a grand place in Chicagoland. Little I can add. Every year we are coming here - sometimes with friends, most of the times just two of us. When weather is warm it is hard to find parking and the Garden is full with people. I found that the best time... More 

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Sacramento, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This garden is massive. It may take you more than a half a day to visit all the little pictureques areas. It's beautiful. Full of bridges and water and serenity is everywhere. It is also open late, until sunset. Not many attractions are, so this is a plus, especially if you want to visit some other place earlier in the... More 

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Delaware
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

In Lake County for a family wedding and had time to kill on Sunday morning and afternoon. We noted the gardens on our way in the previous day and decided to stop back. It opens at 10 AM and we arrived just on time. Because we knew nothing about the gardens I was a little taken back the it cost... More 

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Parker
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205 reviews 205 reviews
35 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to visit any time of year. There are flowers blooming much of the year so there's always something new to see. If you're into walking, they actually have a brochure suggesting different routes with distances of those routes. Great idea. Parking is pricey, admission is free. We had our hotel shuttle drive us there for... More 

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Milford, MA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

It would take several hours just to tour the whole place. If you don't have that much time I recommend the Japanese garden. The gardens are all immaculately kept. There's beauty everywhere and it's a very serene place.

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Mississauga, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the gardens midday on a May day that's too hot for walking to see everything. However, even seeing a small portion of it shows visitors how well-kept the gardens are. We were lucky to have seen the bonsai exhibit. The Japanese garden is a must-see. The cherry blossoms forming arches on its path is picture-perfect. The Japanese... More 

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Paramus, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Give yourself plenty of time to explore the many gardens. There are also waling and biking trails throught the gardens.

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Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I have volunteered here for 14 years, one of over 1000 who do so every year to help maintain its serene beauty. You can learn about every aspect of gardening from forests and wild spaces to wetlands, prairies and formal rose gardens, the English walled garden and the Japanese islands. One of my favorites is the enabling garden which is... More 

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Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The line just to get in and pay the $30 to park (!) was pure torture on a beautiful sunny Saturday in May. At least 30 minutes just to pay, then another 20 minutes of progressively aggressive parking space stalking just to park. It was necessary to be this aggressive: we spied a couple enjoying a long kiss by their... More 

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Allendale, New Jersey
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114 reviews 114 reviews
48 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Wasn't expecting much...boy was I surprised. This place is huge, photo ops galore. We spent most of the day walking around on our own...didn't know about the tram tour until we were leaving. Parking is expensive, but there is no admission fee, so it worked out to less than $10/person

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