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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
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
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!
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
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
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
This is a well-run facility, with lots to offer over all the seasons. We visited this fabulous place late in October, and the fall colour was at its peak. There were still some blossoms, but the gardens were still gorgeous. Our favourite was the Japanese...More
My husband & I had a lovely time! We spent hours looking at all the gardens. My favorite one was the Japanese garden and the indoor cacti/ succulent garden. You'll spend a whole day at this place! They also have a cafe for hungry explorers....More
I've visited several botanical gardens in the world. This one is special, especially in their use of water. So many islands and interesting bridges! The views are constantly changing. Their Japanese garden is especially lovely, as is their English garden.
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
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. Parking does cost, I think it's either $25 or $30 but given the fact that you get in for free I think it's worth it! We were actually staying at a nearby hotel that had a free shuttle there so we didn't have to pay to park. But I would have still paid if I had to because as I said it was worth it. Hope this helps!
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|
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)
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|
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
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|
The GP conservatory is a quick el ride and Millenium Park has very beautiful gardens. Just curious why you are going so far.