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Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe

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#9 of 314 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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  • Plan a visit to The Botanic Garden's ORCHID SHOW UNTAMED. For non-Members, purchase your tickets for the day and time you want to visit online. Members are welcome anytime. The show is simply a... 
    Plan a visit to The Botanic Garden's ORCHID SHOW UNTAMED. For non-Members, purchase your tickets for the day and time you want to visit online. Members are welcome anytime. The show is simply a...  more »
  • Even in deep winter the orchid show was a magical botanic experience. We also did a brisk walk around some of the paths. I wish there had been more inside, but what we saw was lovely. 
    Even in deep winter the orchid show was a magical botanic experience. We also did a brisk walk around some of the paths. I wish there had been more inside, but what we saw was lovely.  more »
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  • What a wonderful experience. There's so much to see in these expansive, beautiful, peaceful grounds. And one of the least expensive activities to do around town - $20 for parking but free admission. And if you like to bike, it's right off the North Branch Trail. I will definitely be back to visit again.
  • The orchid show at the Chicago Botanical Gardens is amazingly beautiful. There were many people but most were polite and shared the space. The arrangements were fantastic and the colors really popped. My 7 year old was enthralled. Great experience!

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