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Chicago Botanic Garden

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Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Phone Number: +1 847-835-5440
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

A 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.

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We've lived in the area all our lives and had never been - what a shame! It is an absolutely wonderful place! There are so many nooks and crannies to explore. Our favorites... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Naperville, Illinois
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Naperville, Illinois
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've lived in the area all our lives and had never been - what a shame! It is an absolutely wonderful place! There are so many nooks and crannies to explore. Our favorites were the Japanese and English gardens.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a wonderful oasis in our area. It is perfect for walking and contemplation. There are always new flowers and plants to see and places to explore. The Garden is continuously being upgraded and improved. The new education building and surrounding grounds are wonderful for families

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't be fooled by the name Chicago Botanic Garden, the property is located about a 45 minute drive from downtown Chicago in the north suburb of Glencoe, Illinois. Its beautiful gardens and landscaping are lovely any time of the year. We visited in mid-November as the gardens were being transformed for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We saw many... More 

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

385 acre reserve with beautiful trails through a variety of garden and nature areas. A Japanese area, English garden, waterfalls, herb gardens, carp filled streams...are just a few areas. Lots of tranquil beautiful trails through manicured and natural settings. Very impressed with the army of volunteers who must work year long to maintain this jewel of an environmental paradise.

Thank Carol F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A breathtaking display of 27 gardens and 4 natural areas, including a Bonsai collection. Every plant and tree is identified and the care that the groundskeepers take is inspirational. It has been around for 40 years, including its research and training facilities. Admission is free and parking is also free for members. For the younger set, there is a spectacular... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We had come to the Chicago Botanic Garden in May, but since it was a really nice afternoon in October, we thought that we would come again with the youngest three grandkids. They do have a different pricing, but there are discounts available, so it can be reasonable. You pay fo enter just before you get to the parking areas.... More 

Thank Allen21096
Wheeling, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Its surrounded by green all around. Very beautiful and classy for some good pictures. I liked the landscape models of Japan most compared to all others.

Thank SanaSPuth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Wow! Amazing family friendly event, after dark, at the gardens. This was the first year for this event and it was busy but you were able to move about. There were themes of the carved pumpkins- Chicago sports, foods, Charlie Brown and classic horror films. Amazing talent, friendly staff and great event! We will definitely be going again next year!

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Woodstock, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Serenity and secure environment away from all the booze joints of today. I believe this PlACE IS THE BEST

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

A good time to visit - but avoid the weekend if you can . A surprising amount of the plants still in bloom . Very well laid out , it's easy strolling , but be prepared to spend a few hours here . Restaurant has a good selection of food , but ( Saturday ) was very busy . Note... More 

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