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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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Schaumburg, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I just love this place. We go there a lot and even though it is a 45 min. drive one way it is still worth it. Membership is a must. There are special events that are free for members and the parking is always free for them. This is a place that I always take to my out-of-town family and... More

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chicago
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We took our 5 year old daughter during the week and they had plenty of little quests and activities for her. We spent a few hours walking thru all the various gardens and having lunch on the terrace (along with some good wine and beer). One of the horticulturists even took about 20 minutes to discuss my cucumber rust problem... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We paid $25 on July 6 to visit the Chicago Botanic Gardens and it was very much well worth the money. We arrived very early (around 8:30 a.m.) and did a lot of walking around before most of the people arrived. We purchased our tickets for the tram, the miniature railroad garden and the butterfly garden early and took the... More

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Lafayette, Indiana
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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Botanic gardens are one of my favorite activities and I would have loved to see this one, unfortunately after navigating all the way through Chicago to get there, we only then found out that although the garden is free (and the main reason we planned to go there) the parking costs about the same as parking downtown Chicago. If we... More

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Seattle
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

So much to see and do at The Chicago Botanic Garden. For an idea of the size, the Garden has a major collection of more than 2.4 million plants and displayed in a landscaped manner showing great ways to incorporate plants into even very small yards. This visit I concentrated on seeing the vegetable gardens coming away with so many... More

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Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

A wonderful respite in the busy city. We often travel through Chicago and are always looking for stops to help break up the trip our long 16 hour trip. What a wonderful surprise this was for all of us. It was like walking into a different world. It was quiet, peaceful, and simply beautiful! We've been to a number of... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A bright summer's day was the perfect time to visit these beautiful gardens. Huge Japanese gardens with replica of a Japanese warrior's retreat. Large rose gardens. Miniature train exhibits we wanted to see, but it would have cost more than $20 extra for the four of us. Enormous prairie garden to show what it was like in the Midwest prior... More

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Ohio
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have always enjoyed going to the Botanic Gardens in the Chicagoland area. This is probably the largest botanic garden I've been to in the states. Recently, a friend got married and took pictures at the gardens and they turned out lovely.

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Naperville, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was our first time here. It's stunning. We will definitely be making time to visit again. There is only a $25 parking fee for your visit so it is a very reasonably priced visit. We had lunch in the cafeteria. The macaroni and cheese was yummy, the panini was good but really just a sandwhich because they didn't toast... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The garden is a wonderful place to relax and take a walk with the family. The kids love the model trains, butterfly garden and cactus greenhouse. I would recommend becoming a member to support the cause, also save on parking if you plan to visit multiple times.

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