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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Address: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
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+1 847-835-5440
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 Peaceful Retreat

Entering the Botanic Gardens one immediately begins to decompress; that is, after paying the exorbitant parking fee - unless you're a member {worthwhile if you're going to visit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Entering the Botanic Gardens one immediately begins to decompress; that is, after paying the exorbitant parking fee - unless you're a member {worthwhile if you're going to visit more than once or twice a year}. Depending on the season, the expansive grounds and various gardens, hot-houses, displays and instructional programs of the Gardens have a great deal to offer. Check... More 

Thank SavyTraveling
Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A trip to The Garden is food for the soul. The smells and sights of nature are an antidote to stress and everyday frustrations. We visited Wonderland Express with our two grandsons and parents; all thoroughly enjoyed the trains and the entire exhibit. We spent another hour in the children's education area where the boys (4.5 and 7.5 yrs old)... More 

Thank AmyPRmafia
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are a special place for my family and me. We particularly love the entry garden, the waterfall, and the Japanese gardens. The bike path that leads to the Skokie lagoons is wonderful as well. We would recommend it any season, though spring and summer are particularly special.

Thank lisaruns1111
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since we live in the Chicago land area we go here when ever we can take a day off. We just went to go see the winter wonderland express and it looked amazing. The kids were given a bingo sheet where they have to find every thing on the bingo sheet. The actual set up was amazing. It was a... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started a family membership this year (2016) with Chicago Botanic Garden because we love the place however on December 26th we were let down. Towards the end of a wonderful visit, on our way out to exit we were harassed by an employee named Mary T. The employee ran up to me and yelled REPEATEDLY only inches from my... More 

Thank ESmom50
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The replicas of famous city buildings are spectacular. They are all made from natural Wood materials and are complete with lighting & are truly fantastic . It's all set with beautiful flowers growing around plants with train tracks and functioning trains running around tracks Worth seeing but only open for a few more weeks

Thank Evelynne G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding place to visit any season of the year. Plantings are beautiful, miniature railroad for children, classes for adults and children, charming gift shop, very nice cafe, tram for those who cannot walk it's lovely paths. Definitely worth a visit whether a visitor or Chicago area resident.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is so beautiful all year round, the pond, the plants, the people, nothing falls short. In the summer they have a variety of things for kids and in the cooler months indoor greenhouses. Kids love it and i do like their cafe as well. Worth a visit for everyone in the family.

Thank Itisha C
Lake Forest, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As two adults and one 6 year old we visited the Botanic Gardens on Saturday December 17th to see the model train exhibit known as Wonderland Express. Total cost was $66. The train display was nice and well done, although much smaller than the one in Indianapolis known as Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum. Parking was $20. This was... More 

Thank William S
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Winter Wonderland train exhibits with my husband, son, and 3 young grandkids. Really enjoyed the exhibits. Very clean throughout. Only went because we had a groupon. The place was awesome and inspiring, but very overpriced.

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