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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

#10 of 313 in Parks in Illinois
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. Put Chicago Botanic Garden into our Glencoe trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • An escape from contemporary society is readily available on the grounds and in the greenhouses of the gardens. Give yourself time to take in the varieties and to decompress. It can be quite cost-effec...  more »
  • The Japanese Gardens are beautiful, I only wish that they’d allow you to access the rock gardens instead of just observing, I think it would be a perfect place to meditate. The bonsai exhibit was also...  more »
  • I can't say enough about this place. I love it year round. I'm a proud member and a huge fan. I love the orchid show! The cafe is surprisingly good, especially when they use greens grown at the garden. It is not cheap, it's honestly probably a little too expensive for "parking" but I go so often I get the membership and it's worth it.
  • It is a wonderful place. They have beautiful gardens. A great treat for your mind and eyes. Definitely worth the membership if you live around here. Can’t wait to see the spring bloom. We love the holiday lights there. It’s a nice place to visit year around.

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