Chicago Botanic Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022
Price of admission: FREE; Parking $15 per car; $7 for senior citizens on Tuesdays; $25 per van
Website - 847-835-5440
Hours of Operations: Daily 8AM-sunset
The Chicago Botanic Garden—with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School, and plant conservation efforts—is one of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and plant conservation science research. The Chicago Botanic Garden is only one of 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, recognizing its living collection of 2.3 million plants. Its mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and conservation of plants and the natural world.
Located in Glencoe, Ill., the Garden’s 385 acres are uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by 81 acres of water, which includes 60 acres of lakes. Visitors first encounter the Esplanade, a welcoming entry garden with grand public spaces before discovering 23 spectacular display gardens. The Gardens of the Great Basin feature the five-acre naturalistic Evening Island, hundreds of crab apple trees, thousands of perennials in the Lakeside Gardens and 25,000 aquatic plants in the Water Gardens. Other visitor favorites include the Krasberg Rose Garden, Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden, English Walled Garden, and three-island Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Gardens. The state-of-the-art Buehler Enabling Garden features horticultural displays, tools and techniques to help people of any age or ability garden for a lifetime. Three native habitats, including McDonald Woods, six types of prairie in the Dixon Prairie, and the River Valley comprise one-third of the Garden’s acreage.
The Garden is a place of ever-changing natural beauty that makes each visit unique. Enjoy a walk through the English Walled Garden’s six distinct rooms or through the beautiful Crescent. See the majestic great blue herons soar along the water's edge.
Summer evening hours end September 1, so enjoy a carillon concert, an outdoor meal, or dancing on the Esplanade before the summer’s over.
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