Chicago Sights

Chicago Botanic Garden

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

Published 08/31/2015

Fodor's Review

Among the 26 different gardens here are the three-island Malott Japanese Garden, the 5-acre Evening Island, and the Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. Three big greenhouses showcase desert, tropical, and semitropical climates with beautiful and fragrant flowers blooming year-round. Weather permitting, 35-minute trams tours ($6) are offered daily from 10 to 4, April through October. Special summer exhibitions 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; a $6 admission fee applies for each.

Sight Information


1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, Illinois, 60022, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free, special exhibits typically $6 per (combination tickets available). Parking $20 per car for Cook County residents, $25 for nonresidents
  • June–Aug., daily 7–9; Sept.–May, daily 8–sunset

Published 08/31/2015


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