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Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL

Phone: 847 835 5440 --
TTY: 847 835 0790

Mission Statement:

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
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 infinite beauty.

 The Buehler Enabling Garden  - Photo by Bill Biderbost
The Buehler Enabling Garden  - Photo by Bill Biderbost, Chicago Botanic Garden

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 Illinois.
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
The Gardens of the Great Basin - Photo by Bill Biderbost, Chicago Botanic Garden

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 Center.
The Jr. Railroad exhibit - Photo by Bill Biderbost
The Jr. Railroad exhibit - Photo by Bill Biderbost, Chicago Botanic Garden.

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 sunset.
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 gatherings,
family events, social get-togethers, corporate entertaining, organization outings, birthday, anniversary & holiday parties.

Highlights & Collections

     Enjoy a panoramic view of the Japanese Garden.

     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 Garden?
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



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 buses.
General information: Call 847-835-5440 or visit
Tour Department: Call us at (847) 835-6949, fax us at (847) 835-4484, or e-mail us at
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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