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Chicago Botanic Garden

Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone Number: 847 835 5440
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Glencoe
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: A 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Beautiful place, great membership programs but between entry and parking, it is expensive if you are not a member. Especially good seasonal programs around holidays

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Northbrook, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We have been members for years. Great camps for kids. It is just a wonderful place to visit , even in the Winter. Great for a long walks and exercise. The Prairie walk is at least 2 miles or close to it. The gardens are lovely. A great garden railroad. Great for photos. The food in the cafe is really... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

In the Chicago Winter the greenhouses at the Garden are truly a breath of fresh air. Notice the difference when you take a deep breath surrounded by nature's oxygen makers the plant kingdom. We were also lucky enough to be there for the orchid show. Amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Took advantage of the family package (parking is pricy) and brought Gramma and Papa. The entire group loved the train display. Whether you enjoy trains or not, there's plenty to look at in the Wonderland Express exhibit. The Chicago landmarks are made of botanical materials and it is snowing inside. We visited on a weekday and it was not too... More 

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Montrose, Colorado
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35 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Botanic Gardens are spectacular at any time of the year, but it's especially fun to go to the Wonderland Express exhibit in December. How fun to see a miniature version of Chicago and the North Shore! They even had President Obama's neighborhood in miniature, along with the United Center, Soldier Field, the museums, Merchandise Mart and the Wrigley Building.... More 

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Vadodara, India
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Be it any season.....Botanic Garden is worth a place to visit around Chicago. Visited by train from Chicago to Braeside Station and walked for a mile towards the Garden. The garden is full of flowers, fruits, vegetable, water body, small gardens, train and lots of tracks to walk on. When visited in winter, its totally covered by ice with indoors... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

When friends from out of town come to visit and want to see something unique and relaxing, the Chicago Botanic Garden in nearby Glencoe is high on my list. It is easily reached by car from the city and is a nice trip. The atmosphere is well maintained and I especially like the trains in the gardens. I could watch... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The annual Winter Wonderland at the Botanic Garden is well worth the visit for all ages. The centerpiece is the magical display of the trains running through a vista of Chicago landmarks made of all natural materials. For those who know the city it is fun to spot landmarks. For those who don't, the beauty is enough. If you come... More 

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Peotone, Illinois
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29 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We came for the holiday train display but will definitely come back for the gardens. We had a lovely walk through the Japanese and waterfall gardens. We walked in solitude which was a nice break from the crowded train display. Also noted an outdoor garden railroad that is open from May to October that I would like to see on... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews 91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We have gone the last two years with our grandchildren to see this wonderful train display. There eyes absolutely light up when they walk into the first room! The sculpted buildings with the many trains and live plants makes this one of the best train displays that I have ever seen.

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