Open year-round, the Chicago Botanic Garden is located just north of downtown in the suburb of Glencoe. Situated on over 385 acres, the Garden features 27 distinct gardens, 4 natural areas, and plenty of beautiful lakes and water features.
No matter the season, there is always something thriving at The Garden. Check out the Japanese Garden, home to flowering plants like irises but also carefully cared for pine trees that are green even through the Chicago winters. Step into a period-style, English Walled Garden for herbs, wisteria, and paths of hand-pressed bricks. Visit in the spring and walk through The Graham Bulb Garden to see thousands of tulips in full bloom. Marvel at the impressive Bonsai Collection, which rotates nearly 200 Bonsai trees in and out of the display. Or just find a quiet place to sit, have lunch, or read a book.
In addition to being a great place for an outdoor stroll, visitors can also take advantage of classes – everything from gardening to yoga – as well as a full on-site restaurant serving up a fresh menu featuring local ingredients wherever possible. Don’t miss checking out some of their upcoming events.
Plan Your Visit
The Chicago Botanic Garden is open throughout all seasons but hours may vary depending on the season. Be sure to check out their site for the most up-to-date details.
Admission to The Garden is free! However you will have to pay to park. Insider tip: ride a bike to The Garden and park it in one of the many bicycle racks located near the parking lot before heading inside to explore.