This is an amazing place, consisting of 20+ gardens spread out over 385 acres.
The Chicago Horticultural Society has been in existence since 1890. The Chicago Botanic Garden first broke ground in 1965 and was opened in 1972.
The only cost is $10 to park your car, so if you find another way to get there then it's absolutely free!
One optional extra cost is the Model Railroad Garden; $3 for adults and $1 for children. It's only open during the summer & autumn months of the year, untl October 31. Click here for more information.
A bare minimum visit to the Botanic Garden is 3 - 4 hours. But you could easily spend an entire day and not see it all!
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This is a nice daytrip from Chicago or a great place to stop if you are just passing through.
You can check the website to see what is in bloom during your visit. I think the highlights are the lovely rose garden, the Japanese garden, the English walled garden and the interactive sensory garden where you can touch and smell different plants.
There are different special exhibits throughout the year. Through October 31, 2003 there is an exhibit of sculpture throughout the gardens, Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone.
There is no charge to visit but if you drive parking is charged for non members, currently it is $8.75 per car.
There is a place to get lunch at the gardens but I thought it was a little pricey especially if you are bringing the whole family. Maybe pack a picnic lunch instead.
This weekend was the Harvest Festival with hayrides, a farmer's market and several activities for children. Please see the travelogue below for more photos.
Well... I am not that crazy about Mcdonalds...so I didnt stop to have something there. But going to Botanic garden - take something with you and buy coffe there, then sit outside in the garden near the fountain and enjoy it!
From Chicago, the easiest way to get to the Chicago Botanic Gardens is by car. There is no charge to get into the gardens but if you drive there is a per car fee of $10.
If you take the train from downtown Chicago, you can either go to the Glencoe station and take a bus or go to the Braeside station and walk the 1.3 miles to the gardens. Train schedules can be found at www.metrarail.com
There's also a lovely bike trail that starts in Chicago and ends up at the gardens.
Instructions for all three ways of getting to the gardens can be found on the attached website.