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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Phone: 847 835 5440 --
TTY: 847 835 0790
At the Chicago Botanic Garden, each season brings ever-changing color
to 23 specialty gardens set amid tranquil lakes with majestic
fountains, creating lovely vistas to enjoy from serene benches placed
along winding footpaths.
The Bulb Garden during the annual SpringBlooms Festival - Photo
by Bill Biderbost, Chicago Botanic Garden
A bridge covered in hanging flowers leads visitors over a
sun-sparkled waterway, where swans rest peacefully, to an island of
The Buehler Enabling Garden - Photo by Bill Biderbost, Chicago
From the fragrant Rose Garden, to the meditative Japanese Islands,
to the open, wildlife-filled Prairie, and the birder's paradise
McDonald Woods, visitors of all ages delight in the Garden.
Inside, horticultural displays, art exhibits, family activities and
classes stimulate and educate
while the Garden Café and Garden Shop allow visitors to spend
the entire day refreshing, learning and growing.
As a living museum, the Chicago Botanic Garden serves both the
public and the scientific community.
Demonstration gardens showcase the best plants for the Midwest in
a variety of settings.
Research trial gardens feature plants under evaluation for their
performance in Chicago's environment.
Conservation areas protect native and endangered flora of
Each year, the Chicago Botanic Garden's educational programs serve
200,000 people, including 40,000 school children.
The Gardens of the Great Basin - Photo by Bill Biderbost, Chicago
Additional programs serve a range of interests and ages and help
foster greater appreciation and understanding of the remarkable world
of plants. An internationally recognized horticultural therapy program
offers training and services to providers and people with physical and
mental challenges at schools, hospitals and mental health facilities
throughout the region.
The School of the Chicago Botanic Garden offers 200 classes
annually to 6,000 adults, designed for diverse audiences from the
backyard gardener to horticultural professional. City Gardens, offered
in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, offers a schedule of
year-round classes for urban gardeners at the Lincoln Park Cultural
The Jr. Railroad exhibit - Photo by Bill Biderbost, Chicago Botanic
The Chicago Botanic Garden, owned by the Forest Preserve District
of Cook County and managed by the Chicago Horticultural Society, opened
in 1972 and serves more than 900,000 visitors and nearly 45,000 members
annually. The Chicago Botanic Garden enjoys the largest
membership of any botanic garden in the United States. It is the
second most-visited public garden in the country.
Located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, IL, the Chicago Botanic
Garden is open every day of the year, except Dec. 25, from 8 a.m. until
There's no better way to see the Chicago Botanic
Garden than on a tour! Put on your walking shoes for a guided stroll
through the Garden, or settle in for a narrated tram ride. Either way,
you'll be delighted by what
you see and learn in our 23 gardens--every season of the year!
There are Garden tour packages, tram tours, guided walking tours, and
school group programs, including Garden tours for every occasion: staff
family events, social get-togethers, corporate entertaining,
organization outings, birthday, anniversary & holiday parties.
Highlights & Collections
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Japanese
Delight in the lively aquatic sounds of
the Waterfall Garden.
Admire the breathtaking beauty of more
than 5,000 roses in the Rose Garden.
See the splendor of lush perennials at
the charming English Walled Garden.
Have you ever thought about taking a tour of the Chicago Botanic
Bring your group for an experience to remember. Everyone will
enjoy our specially designed packages-- which include a tour, food,
parking and a shopping discount. A special souvenir will be included
for each member of
your group as a memento of your Garden experience
TOUR TIMES Monday through Friday at
F E E S Each tour requires a $50
nonrefundable deposit and must be prearranged.
RESERVATIONS Call the Garden's Tour
Department today at 847-835-6949
Admission & Directions:
Admission is free, select event fees apply. Parking is $8.75 per
car, $5.75 for senior citizens on Tuesdays, $36 per commercial bus, $16
per commercial van. There is no charge for prearranged school groups on
Accessibility: Much of the Garden is accessible to people with
disabilities. For more information call (847) 835-5440 (voice) or
(847) 835-0790 (TTY).
Lake Cook Road, East of Edens Expressway
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