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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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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
Thank Joe L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

All the flowers were gone except for a few roses but the fall colors were absolutely beautiful. There were golden and red leaves; it was an awesome sight with the sun shining on them. The gardens are well-maintained and clean; very scenic like a painting.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

I visit alot of Botanic garden but this is the best and huge Many styles of garden like English garden and Japanese garden I recommended for who visit Chicago

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

I can't believe after being in Chicago for 63 years that I just now made it here! It's a world class gem we have here, so don't miss it if you have any little bit of botanical interest in you. Come on the calmer and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This garden is so beautiful. My parents especially love the Japanese garden. It can definitely get crowded during the nicer seasons, but it's beautiful during any season!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

We have visited over 100 Botanic gardens Carol the country. My wife says this is her favorite. I will agree that the rose garden and the Japanese garden are both the largest and best looking we have seen Pack your car full because the gardens...More

Date of experience: September 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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Response from eoriginal | Reviewed this property |
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
Kadie C
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 fromnancy c|
The GP conservatory is a quick el ride and Millenium Park has very beautiful gardens. Just curious why you are going so far.