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Nice place to kill some time

Not large, but pretty and close to everything. Lots of people taking pictures and wandering around... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Palatine, Illinois
Lovely afternoon for a lovely walk!

There are benches scattered around for your breaks. So go stretch your legs and bring a friend for... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2017
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Not large, but pretty and close to everything. Lots of people taking pictures and wandering around which makes for a semi-crowded experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kimgeo
Reviewed June 13, 2018

It was weeded but lots of the plants are having a hard time surviving the heat. Some plants of the same kind looked better on one side than the other. Not sure if there's lack of funding for this project. Japanese beetles are eating the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

There are benches scattered around for your breaks. So go stretch your legs and bring a friend for a little chat on one of the benches.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank nebulousnancy
Reviewed June 29, 2017

On our way back from southern Illinois we stopped at this Arboretum. To put it bluntly, this is without a doubt the worst "gardens" I have ever visited. Extremely ill kept. Weeds have taken over most every single bed and the grass areas are ALL...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Donna S
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Formal plantings and pathways as well as quiet wooded areas and Japan House make this a lovely place to spend a few hours in Chambana!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Dale P
Reviewed June 17, 2017

I enjoy my visit at this place. It is very nice place here. I enjoy the view of it. I did not have any problems here.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank scottd272
Reviewed May 28, 2017

Went here on Saturday afternoon, Memorial Day weekend. The gardens around the Japan House were very nice. (The Japan House itself was closed.) The Idea Garden struck us as kind of slapdash. A lot of plants crammed into a fairly small space. Looking at the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Tony N
Reviewed May 3, 2017

I've been here twice. Once in February during a snow storm and in August during a nice warm day. I'm from California so I appreciated the seasonal views. The winter white was just as striking as the colors in August. Both months offered an oasis...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank annsW8551FO
Reviewed February 22, 2017

Is a beautiful airy space. Nice for marriage couples and families photos.Just perfect Japan House and lots of place to run for kids!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Inna F
Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

Don't know how anyone could give less than 5 stars. It's beautiful! I didn't expect it to be so colorful in November but everything is still bloomed and pretty. It's very relaxing, almost feels like a little fairy land!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank mizzi89
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