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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone Number: 847 835 5440
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

A 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.

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A must see botanic garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is unique and offers both formal and informal gardens. The vegetable and fruit gardens are full of innovative design as well as the landscape garden... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lansing, Michigan
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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Chicago Botanic Garden is unique and offers both formal and informal gardens. The vegetable and fruit gardens are full of innovative design as well as the landscape garden. The Japanese Gardens and Bonzai Gardens are truly masterpieces. The Sensory and Enabling garden features touch, color and scent. The Heritage Garden is an amazing collection. Children will especially enjoy the... More 

Thank Passion4History
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its always beautiful here. So big, even if its busy your not on top of other people. Occasionally they have interactive/hands on things for the kids. The train set it pretty cute. Bring food and have lunch with a view. This is all visual for the most part so toddlers may get bored.

Thank b_gilley80
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would rate this 'Most Excellent'!. This is a wonderland of colors & greenery. You could wonder around all day, and not be bored. I have never seen so many well-cared for plants in one place. So many ideas, scents... I am planning on returning in the Spring & Fall.

Thank Pat B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What an extraordinary garden! 365 acres of garden, plus multiple lakes. Beautiful, lush flower beds, shaded walkways, vegetable gardens, a tram to take you through the prairie. The garden is still a work in progress (like all good gardens), but this is not to be missed. It's definitely worth the easy train trip from Chicago to Glencoe. Take Uber/Lyft from... More 

Thank Rosemarie56
Wheeling, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Go. Go as much as you can. Lovely, LOVELY gardens of many sizes and types. Lots of opportunities for learning or just enjoying the beauty. Walking paths, lakes, carillon, greenhouses, exhibits, gift shop, resource/help desk, classes. Such an amazing gift to the Chicago area. It changes with the seasons, so you can go every week or every month or every... More 

Thank hilaryaok
Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best botanic gardens I have visited in United States. Fantastic views. If you enjoy photography, you will get bees, butterflies and plenty of flowers. Highly recommended. Wear comfortable shoes and sun screen, make sure you take strollers and snacks for kids.

Thank seharmd
Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful and peaceful place with a nice restaurant and gift shop, a handy tram and changing special exhibits. The variety of gardens is impressive. It also has some great special events

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been to many gardens around the world and this Is one of the best. This place is beautiful. And huge. There is too much to take in. A wide variety of plants and displays. If I lived locally I would come here often throughout the year to see what has changed.

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Herzlia, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large and well laid out botanical gardens in northern suburbs. Very much appreciated the exhibitors at the vegetable and fruit garden who were displaying their specialties and explaining their techniques. Impressive bonsai collection. We've visited here twice and could happily return another few times. The first time, not knowing better, we came by car and parking was a hassle. The... More 

Thank Edith B
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chicago Botanic Garden is interesting, informative, and well maintained. There are exhibits and demonstrations, plus the outstanding foliage, plants, and landscaping. You can bike or walk through most areas. There are concerts many nights of the summer. We feel fortunate to live close by so that we can enjoy it as members. Otherwise, it is a $30 per vehicle... More 

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