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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

#9 of 315 in Parks in Illinois
Must see · Scenic Walking Area · Garden
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Situated on 155 hectares (385 acres) and spanning nine islands, Chicago Botanic Garden has a reputation as one of the world's top plant conservatories and living museums. The garden boasts an impressive 26 themed gardens including the aquatic garden, the bulb garden, the waterfall garden, the renowned bonsai collection, and four natural habitats. Wander the grounds on foot, or catch a 35-minute guided tram tour departing from the visitor center. Because the garden is also a haven for various species of native birds, it's a popular spot for bird watching. The Garden View Cafe on property provides sustainably sourced snacks. The garden hosts many special events throughout the year, so be sure to check the website's calendar prior to your visit. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Glencoe holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Chicago Botanic Garden and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • My whole family went to see Lightscape at the Chicago Botanical Gardens this weekend. It was incredible! The lights were beautiful. Be sure to dress warm... It was freezing the night we went. It takes about an hour and a half to walk the entire path and see everything. I would highly recommend going! It was lot of fun... And enjoyable for the entire family.
  • LOVE the new pricing model! It makes sense to charge per person that is entering vs. just by parking a car that could either have one person or seven. Yes, people used to be able to get in for free, either by walking or biking in, I did it several times myself. But if you get to enter and enjoy the gardens, you should also be the one paying for that admission. This isn’t a forest preserve or a park. For large groups, people with kids, and any other individuals that don’t really value the botanic garden or just don’t think it’s worth the price of admission there are plenty of beautiful parks, beaches, trails, and forest preserves in the area that are free. For those that find real value in the experience and/or are frequent visitors, the price of admission or membership is well worth it.

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