Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL

(847) 835-5440

Let nature be your guide at the Chicago Botanic Garden, described by the Chicago Tribune as “spectacular…like wandering through a fairy tale.”

With six miles of lakeshore, the Garden features 27 distinct gardens and four natural areas, including woods and a prairie. The wonders of the season come alive here, with sunny winter aconite unfurling in the winter and creamy sweet alyssum providing nectar for honeybees in the spring. On 385 acres, you’ll find places of inspiration (near the waterfall or the Island of Everlasting Happiness) and nature play (on rolling hills, in a willow tunnel).

Year-round, people of all ages and abilities participate in free family programs, adult education classes, summer camps, and spring break camps. The Garden provides horticultural therapy for veterans and others, and jobs in sustainable urban agriculture. Garden scientists work on critical conservation research projects worldwide. On the Regenstein Learning Campus, visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds will engage in plant-based learning and activities, along with health and wellness options.

Check the calendar for seasonal events and programs, including plant shows and family activities. Sign up for e-mail to get the scoop on popular events such as Wonderland Express, the Model Railroad Garden, and more. Admission is free; parking fees apply.