Chicago Botanic Garden. Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Botanic Garden

Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by JanetandPhil
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a free botanic garden located in Glencoe, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The 400-acre museum contains 26 beautiful display gardens, four natural areas, a famous bonsai collection, and beautiful shorelines that make it one of the area’s most breathtaking nature areas. It’s a wonderful place to visit on a sunny day, especially when you need a break from all of the skyscrapers and hustle and bustle of Chicago life.

History

The Chicago Botanic Garden is operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1890. In it earliest years, it hosted national flower shows, including a Chrysanthemum Show at the World’s Columbian Exposition (Wikipedia Article), a world’s fair held in Chicago in 1893. However, the Chicago Botanic Garden did not open until 1972, and is now one of the most popular botanic gardens in the United States.

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African Daisy - Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by REKnight

Exhibits

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Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by REKnight
The highlight of the botanical garden is its wide selection of display gardens. These include the Aquatic Garden, Bulb Garden; Children’s Growing Garden, Circle Garden; Dwarf Conifer Garden, Enabling Garden; English Walled Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden; Heritage Garden, Japanese Garden; Lakeside Gardens, Landscape Garden; Native Plant Garden, Plant Evaluation Garden; Rose Garden, Sensory Garden; Water Gardens, and Waterfall Garden.

One of the garden’s most popular attractions is the Model Railroad Garden, which features numerous model trains that cross bridges and pass through tunnels on awe-inspiring landscapes that have been handcrafted using materials from nature such as acorns, bark, pebbles, leaves, and twigs.

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Waterfountain Sunset at Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by Adam Dooley

Practical Information

It’s generally easiest to reach the garden by car, but if you want to use public transportation there are a few available options. By train, you can take the Metra commuter rail’s Union Pacific North Line to the Braeside station. From there, you can either walk to the garden or hop onto the special trolley that is provided on Sundays between May and September. You can also reach the garden using the 213 Pace commuter bus service.

Address: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

Parking

Parking costs $ 25 USD per car on weekdays and $ 30 USD per car on weekends and holidays. You can save time by purchasing parking online before your visit.

Hours

The Chicago Botanic Garden is open daily year-round, though hours vary depending on the season, and certain attractions have shorter hours than others.

Prices

Admission to the garden is free.

Similar Landmarks

Other free nature-themed attractions in the Chicago area include Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Paid attractions include Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History.

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Author: ehuttner. Last updated: May 12, 2015

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Chicago Botanic Garden (64 of 74) - Photo by REKnight

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Chicago Botanic Garden (70 of 74) - Photo by REKnight

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Winter's Garden - Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by Mary Anne Enriquez

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