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Chicago Botanic Garden

  • 1000 Lake Cook Rd. Map It
  • Glencoe
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 06/11/2013

Fodor's Review

Among the 26 different gardens here are the three-island Malott Japanese Garden, the 5-acre Evening Island, and the new Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. Three big greenhouses showcase desert, tropical, and semitropical climates with beautiful and fragrant flowers blooming year-round. Special summer exhibitions (admission fee) include the Model Railroad Garden, a 7,500-square-foot garden with 17 garden-scale trains traveling around nearly 50 models of American landmarks,

all made from natural materials, as well as Butterflies & Blooms, a 2,800-square-foot white mesh enclosure filled with hundreds of colorful butterflies interacting with plant life.

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Sight Information


1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, Illinois, 60022, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free; parking $20 per car
  • June–Aug., daily 7–9; Sept.–May, daily 8–sunset; 35-min tram tours: May–Oct., daily 10–4, weather permitting

Updated 06/11/2013


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