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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Just a short trip from Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022-1169
+1 847-835-5440
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Reviewed yesterday

Wife, granddaughter and I visited for the annual orchid show. Beautiful flowers. Lots of photos for my wife's desktop. Got my granddaughter hooked on the place too. "Bring me back," she pleaded. Will do.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GerfnitAuthor
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

No matter what season I visit the Chicago Botanic Garden, I am always glad I went. The indoor spaces are well done with flowers and photography. The outdoor spaces are peaceful and quiet in the winter; i.e. the Japanese Islands are beautiful with snow. So,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The grandkids and I had a wonderful time this Christmas at the Botanic Gardens. They especially loved the snow showers and the trains

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This garden is a bit north of the city, we stopped on our way out to Fox Lake for a few days with family. This is a lovely green sanctuary. Entrance is free but you pay for parking/entrance ( which amounts to the same thing...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MichaelAlison
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's possible to visit several cultures and climate zones in a single visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden. The tranquil Japanese garden takes you to the Far East while local gardens reflect the midwest. There is much to see here and I'll need to return...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Robert E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Botanic Garden is a place of tranquility for me to visit. It is always beautiful and the seasonal changes are amazing and the classes that they offer are great.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

So much more than I imagined. Took my grandkids ages 8 and 6. The weather was horrible pouring rain so we didn’t see much outside. Indoor winter wonderland was awesome. They were totally engaged. It snowed indoors. We will do this again and again!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 351marcys
Reviewed December 23, 2018 via mobile

This is my favorite place to visit to forget about the day to day. It is peaceful, calm, clean, and beautiful. It is huge and every area has something very unique. If you plan to go on a major holiday like Mother’s Day, go early...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

We had a a very nice visit to the indoor gardens, really enjoyed the indoor greenhouses . The reason we made the trip was the seasonal train display “winter wonderland “ the train set up was just phenomenal, with multiple train displays wrapping around the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

What a fun place to bring the family this time of year. The displays are amazing. We had our two grandchildren 2 and 4 and they were so excited about all the trains that seemed to coming out of nowhere. The indoor snow was a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Sheila V
October 28, 2018|
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Response from Bill L | Reviewed this property |
About 30 minutes. $7.00 for members
Maggie P
July 9, 2018|
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Response from Sashamcg | Reviewed this property |
Admission to the gardens is free. They do have a couple of exhibits you have to pay extra for if you want and a tram ride that is extra as well. But you certainly don't have to pay to go to those if you do not want to... More
April 22, 2018|
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Suggest checking their website.
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lansing, mi
Chicago Botanic Garden, things around Glencoe (4 Replies)
I'm visiting Chicago right now and have had a fantastic time so far! Because it's such a beautiful day I'm considering visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden and would love input about this. Is it worth the trip, and is right now a good time to go? Is there anything else I should do while I'm out there? I would also appreciate suggestions for a good restaurant for dinner, though I could wait until I'm back in the city for that. Thank you in advance, and thanks for all of the advice I've...More
May 05, 2008|
Response fromLoveChicago|
You'll see spring flowers at the Gardens this time of year, tulips, hyacinths, etc. I never seem to go in the spring so I don't know how good of a display they have. There's a group of restaurants along Skokie Blvd. not too far from the gardens in Northbrook, Prairie Grass, Morton's, Ruth Chris but I've not eaten at any of those locations although I have eaten at the downtown Morton's (expensive steakhouse) and Ruth Chris (chain steakhouse)
Tempe, Arizona
Garden visit/transit question (17 Replies)
I was wondering if you could combine a visit to the Baha'i Temple with one to the Chicago Botanic Garden easily? I think from what I am gathering from my research you take the purple CTA line to its end to get to the temple. Not sure what to do from there... Does the Metra connect somewhere near there? I don;t know much about the CTA Vs Metra stuff. Also- has anyone been to the both the Botanic Garden and to the Garfield Park Conservatory to compare? That looks to be a lot easier to...More
April 08, 2016|
Response fromwes032|
The botanic gardens is much, much larger than the Garfield conservatory. Garfield is a large indoor garden. The botanic gardens have a large conservatory plus several outdoor gardens. It's not that hard to get between on local transport but will require local buses, not trains. Use google map for public transit directions. The Baha'i temple is near the end of the purple line. From the purple line station it's maybe a 1-2 mile walk to the Wilmette metra station. That train goes to the Lake...More
Columbia, Missouri
Itinerary Advice (8 Replies)
Hello! I look forward to visiting Chicago for the first time next week. I will be staying near the Lincoln Park neighborhood and will be spending a full day at Chicago Botanic Garden. Any tips of traveling by public transit from LP to the gardens? I hear the train let's off about a mile from the gardens. Any bike rentals near by? What other nature oriented stops should I make over my stay? Thank you all so much!
May 26, 2016|
Response fromdefault182019|
The GP conservatory is a quick el ride and Millenium Park has very beautiful gardens. Just curious why you are going so far.