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Botanical Garden
  • Chad C.
    "The Japanese gardens are beautiful any time of year."(13 Tips)
    Andrea S.
    "Check out the Wonderland Express model train for Christmas!"(3 Tips)
    Fodor's Travel
    "four natural areas spread across 385 acres and nine islands."(3 Tips)
    "Bloomin’ Festival this weekend and bring home some blooms"(2 Tips)
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  • Liam U.
    Liam UngerSeptember 15, 2013
    Beautiful place!! HUGE!! Make sure to get there early and with plenty food and drinks. Spend the whole day there. Spring is amazing. Lot of the fruit trees start blossoming. They're in cool forms too!
  • Mehul S.
    Mehul ShethSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of rotating and permanent exhibits, including a great model train one. Huge space, can easily spend a whole day walking around and taking in the views. Our regular spot for mother's day.
  • Damon S.
    Phenomenal. Best Botanical Garden I've visited. Absolutely huge - budget at least 3-4 hours. Free entry but parking is $20 weekdays, $30 weekends
  • Ewa K.
    Ewa KowalczykSeptember 9, 2013
    Absolutely amazing! Bring a camera because you will be amazed at how much beauty you will want to keep. Perfect place to relax and get some fresh air. We will go again soon!
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi MayerAugust 29, 2013
    Becoming a member is well worth it! You can bypass all the long lines at the entrance and go as often as you like. You can also enjoy membership discounts in the gift shop.
  • Esther Y.
    Esther Y.June 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Butterfly exhibit in children's pavilion is amazing. FYI entrance fee is $5 adults $3 children. Members get $1 off. Garden plus members free on Weds. for butterflies, model railroad garden, and tram.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 8, 2015
    The Japanese garden is one of the most beautiful in the entire complex, especially Horaijima, which you can only appreciate from a distance.
  • Kristy P.
    Kristy PodlasekJune 22, 2015
    This place makes you feel like you've escaped into a far away. It's the hidden gen of Illinois. If you've never been definitely go in summer on Tuesday nights when there's a live band. BYOF
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    These gardens deserve an entire day. Don't miss the winter train exhibit and take the time to wander around the gardens in winter. They are beautiful all year! Entry is free, parking is $25.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsJanuary 13, 2012
    Tucked inside the garden, the sunny Lenhardt Library welcomes families, kids and teachers. The entire collection is nonfiction with an emphasis on plants and science, from tree types to butterflies.
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NemecSeptember 14, 2011
    This is a beautiful park. With the seasons changing so do the flowers, The Japanese Gardens are very beautiful. It's a good stretch of the legs! However, a tram can take you around the park.
  • Sara
    SaraSeptember 13, 2014
    Always beautiful. Free wheelchairs at the front desk if you need one. There's a mile-long paved trail/bike path/walking path along the road by the science center.
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NemecSeptember 14, 2011
    I recommend for the novice to start at a 1/2 way point like at Dempster or Old Orchard Road. Take plenty of H2O. Skokie Lagoons are very nice with the leaves changing during the Fall season.
  • Allan M.
    Allan MarshallFebruary 4, 2017
    Do NOT ever visit Chicago Botanic Garden over the 4th of July weekend, due to the insane crowds! Seriously, pick any other day other than over that weekend to visit, if you can. You're welcome.
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NemecSeptember 14, 2011
    I recommend for the novice to start at a 1/2 way point like at Dempster or Old Orchard Road. Take plenty of water. Skokie Lagoons are very nice with the leaves changing during the Fall season.
  • Dylan C.
    Dylan ConnAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a membership and parking is free! It pays for itself after just a few visits & you get to skip the line to pay on busy days. Plus, your membership fee is fully tax-deductible.
  • Grape A.
    Grape AdlerAugust 10, 2013
    It's free! Parking is $25.00 but it is a beautiful place. Good walking paths and a bike path.
  • Phani
    PhaniDecember 5, 2011
    A day is not sufficient to cover the complete place, you have to visit multiple times. Also, try some of the food in the cafeteria, i am told that the veggies used in the food are grown in the garden.
  • David S.
    David SSeptember 28, 2014
    For train fans like Gad, the model Railroad Garden is hours ,literally hours of enjoyment. Bring your coffee.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LernerSeptember 15, 2013
    farmers' market has very few farmers...and with the market happening on the esplanade it's hard to get a good selection or do any serious shopping
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerJuly 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Mid-America Bonsai Show & Sale, Aug. 20-22, is amazing! 1 of the top 3 shows in the nation! 100+ bonsai on display & vendors selling plants, bonsai pots, tools & more! Workshops & demos too! Read more
    USA TODAYNovember 22, 2010
    The city of broad shoulders is home to a huge garden, with 24 display gardens and native habitats spread over 385 acres. The gardens themselves are on islands surrounded by lakes. Read more
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerMay 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Wine Festival-6/12 & 6/13, 12-6pm in the West Meadow. 250+ domestic & int'l wines 4 tasting & purchase. Live music & local restaurants selling food. $25 in advance/$35 @ the door. So much fun! Read more
  • Mauricio P.
    Mauricio PApril 29, 2013
    Amazing. A must see. Take the garden motor tour and check out the giant waterfall.
  • Fernando V.
    Fernando VillalpandoMarch 10, 2014
    A really nice place to visit. I spent only a few hour but I could of spent the while day walking around. Fruit and veggy island is the best part
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 21, 2015
    Free year-round, the Chicago Botanic Garden is home to 26 gardens and four natural areas spread across 385 acres and nine islands.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerMay 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Music on the Esplanade--Tues., 6/8-8/31,6-8pm. Relax 2 live music from local bands. Diffr't music each week-Spanish guitar, jazz & big band. Light fair, wine, beer & other bevys 4 sale. Bring friends! Read more
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkAugust 25, 2010
    I love the Japanese Gardens! The idea behind the zig-zag bridge (to prevent evil spirits from crossing) is cute. I also like going into the green house which has carnivorous plants.
  • Bahar V.
    Bahar VaeziFebruary 19, 2013
    The Chicago Botanic Garden has been selected as one of the great places in USA by American Planning Association, in 2012. Read more
  • C
    CMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Garden Café breakfast: get an omelette, they're huge and delicious. Lunch: get the chili, it is cheap and quite tasty.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerMay 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    You must check out A Bloomin' Festival, May 14-16 @ Chicago Botanic Garden. Live music, gardening demos, farmers' market & 30,000+ plants for sale! rain barrels too! You'll have a great time, promise! Read more
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NemecSeptember 14, 2011
    If your bike riding all the way up to the Botanical Gardens there are a few nice places to stop along the way on Touhy (Taco Burrito King) & Dempster (McDonalds, KFC).
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerMay 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Carillon Concerts--Mondays, 6/7-9/6 @ 7pm on Evening Island. Comp. carillon tours @ 5:30pm. Picnicking is allowed. Bring a comfy chair or blanket, snacks & enjoy an evening under the stars! Read more
  • Denis
    DenisAugust 19, 2014
    Amazing place!!Beautiful nature and very quiet!Walk ,walk and enjoy)))
  • Killian S.
    Killian SkaroneaNovember 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ride your bike and then you don't have to pay for parking. There are plenty of bike racks by the visitors center.
    HISTORYApril 7, 2010
    23 gardens showcase the best plants from the Midwest in a variety of beautiful settings. 3 native habitat areas including woodland, prairie & river habitats feature native & endangered flora from IL.
  • Rahul B.
    Rahul BhattacharyaFebruary 22, 2016
    Take a closer look at every Orchid and you'll fall in love with them.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerJuly 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out CBG's 6th Annual Kite Festival, Aug. 7-8, 11am-4pm. Enjoy stunt kite performances by the Chicago Fire Kite Team & fly ur own kites. Plenty of ice cream, drinks & sandwiches 2 purchase! Fun! Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden at Chicago Botanic Garden is nominated for Best Brush with Nature in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 21, 2012
    Lots of places, gardens, nooks, and crannies to explore with adventurous kids! Excellent train show!
  • Rahul B.
    Rahul BhattacharyaFebruary 22, 2016
    Very well maintained good collection of varieties of Orchids.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerJuly 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    NE Illinois Rose Society Show & Sale, 9/5, noon-4:30pm. 100+ roses on display. Expert rosarians answer ur questions & rose blooms R available for purchase! This is a lovely & sweet smelling event! Read more
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FoggMay 29, 2012
    The Rose and Japanese gardens were the two show stoppers for us. They were absolutely beautiful.
  • Sharon M.
    Sharon MayJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    I love working here and it's like I'm in another world. It's so peaceful at I work Graveyard Shift.
  • Rebecca K.
    Rebecca KnightJune 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This year they are featuring hostas. Hostas are already all over the place in Peoria. But they have some of the biggest I've ever seen.
  • cheri
    cheriMay 15, 2010
    Visit the Chicago Botanic Garden, where lilacs and tulips are just two of the many spectacular selections now blooming. Come to A Bloomin’ Festival this weekend and bring home some blooms of your own! Read more
  • Alex P.
    Alex PyatetskyNovember 22, 2015
    One of my favorite places in Chicago. I like coming here and spending the whole day.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanSeptember 18, 2016
    Lots of space and different areas to explore. You will never be bored here.
  • Hunter B.
    Hunter BanksDecember 15, 2013
    This was terrific Xmas event and the trains look incredible!!!
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerJuly 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Roadside Flower Sale, 9/10-12, 10a-4:30p. Showcases gifts collected from dried flowers, pods & grasses. 300+ arrangements & wreaths 4 sale. Great 4 finding 1-of-a-kind holiday gifts & centerpieces! Read more
  • Shafiq S.
    Shafiq ShariffJune 1, 2016
    With 385 acres of distinctly different gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden provides the most elaborate backdrop for foliage. Read more
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SchulerMay 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Sat. 6/5 Chicago Botanic Garden is celebrating World Environment Day! There will b free tours, "green" demos, family activities & much more. Bring ur old plastic plant pots, they'll recycle them! Read more
  • Rahul B.
    Rahul BhattacharyaFebruary 22, 2016
    Greenhouse setup is superb and informative.
  • Bahar V.
    Bahar VaeziFebruary 26, 2013
    No registration and free parking for hands our child on fun with plants and nature in the Greenhouses in March 8th. Read more
  • JJ's L.
    JJ's ListApril 12, 2013
    Chicago Botanic Garden is disability aware, accessible and respectful of people with disabilities, check out!
  • Leila M.
    Leila MustafaAugust 16, 2015
    Bonsai Trees are now on display, and the Corpse plant is about to blossom in the next few days!
  • Iolantik S.
    Iolantik SnetOctober 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely great place to hang at any season. For cook county residents parking cost is just 20$
  • Cherry 🍒
    Cherry 🍒September 1, 2015
    Its free entrance. But you have to pay for parking. We paid 25$
  • Rahul B.
    Rahul BhattacharyaFebruary 22, 2016
    Prepare to get amazed during the orchid show. 😃
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedySeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Gorgeous. Don't miss the Japanese gardens.
  • Chad C.
    Chad CurryMarch 14, 2015
    The Japanese gardens are beautiful any time of year.
  • Suli C.
    Suli ChongAugust 30, 2013
    Get membership if you're going to be a regular, or you'll be paying for $20 for parking every time.
  • Laura M.
    Laura MaaskeAugust 20, 2014
    Beauty knowing. Sweet butterflies, too.
  • Juliya S.
    Juliya SokolovaJune 2, 2017
    Free entrance, 30$ for parking, nice place for the photo shoot ;)
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WJuly 23, 2011
    Take the tram tour and make sure you get Dorthea, she's awesome!
  • Rahul B.
    Rahul BhattacharyaFebruary 22, 2016
    Lots of beautiful colors during Orchid show.
  • Angel B.
    Angel BarnsDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't know when it's more beautiful in the spring or in the winner
  • Clive M.
    Clive MApril 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good here.
  • Rahul B.
    Rahul BhattacharyaFebruary 22, 2016
    Orchid show is must visit.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Don’t miss the Waterfall Garden, with its 45-foot waterfall that cascades down a hillside into a series of small pools.Powered by Read more
  • J. Christian B.
    J. Christian BernabeAugust 17, 2013
    Become a member and breeze through to the members only car lane.
  • C
    CMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone's favorite is the Japanese Garden, but Mary Mix McDonald Woods in spring is a sight to see.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrunbergMay 27, 2015
    Greatness. Go volunteer here if you are a science student!
  • Eray D.
    Eray DursunOctober 21, 2012
    Beautiful gardens! I love the Japanese Garden
  • Mark R.
    Mark RowlandNovember 19, 2009
    Just walking around the grounds makes for a great morning/afternoon. The holiday display of a train running through a diorama of Chicago is not to be missed. Read more
  • Bob D.
    Bob DeGraffAugust 29, 2015
    They provide overflow parking for the Ravinia Music Festival.
  • Tricia L.
    Tricia LeeAugust 11, 2013
    Admission is free! You just have to pay for parking.
  • John A.
    John ArenOctober 25, 2014
    Lovely breakfast spot!
  • Margaret P.
    Margaret PakAugust 26, 2011
    It's free if you bike to the gardens!! Otherwise it's $25 per car.
  • J. F.
    J. FinchJuly 30, 2014
    The model train exhibit is very cool.
  • Lisa V.
    Lisa VeachOctober 13, 2015
    I love the Japanese area
  • Yuri T.
    Yuri TkachenkoMay 12, 2013
    Great place of peace and serenity :)
  • Zowee
    ZoweeMay 2, 2014
    Very beautiful recluse from the city
  • Wael J.
    Wael JariJuly 3, 2015
    Can't think of a better place to spend with my family.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterOctober 13, 2013
    The Levin experimental garden is cool
  • Alan D.
    Alan D'AlbaDecember 2, 2014
    Rose Garden and Water Fountain
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LipschultzMay 22, 2011
    Great and sizeable bike parking.
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CraterJuly 6, 2010
    Check out the Japanese garden - take food and water, have a picnic there.
  • And a B.
    And a BerMarch 30, 2013
    I love the garden is so peaceful...
  • Iva C.
    Iva CrvakMarch 13, 2014
    Orchid show
  • Harriet B.
    Harriet BSeptember 4, 2014
    Go on a sunny day :)
  • Rob N.
    Rob NAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice relaxing place to take a walk
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PayneAugust 29, 2015
    See the Corpse Flower Bloom!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SmithJuly 22, 2012
    Bike there and get in for free, since they charge entry per car.
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliDecember 29, 2012
    Check out the Japanese gardens!
  • Liz
    LizApril 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spring has arrived!
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TrueDecember 26, 2015
    Christmas display was spectacular!
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyOctober 15, 2015
    This place is absolutely beautiful.
  • Kathy H.
    Kathy HickeyAugust 2, 2010
    A must see for any nature photographer!
  • Little P.
    Little PhilOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chill out and sit around here for a while
  • Kate H.
    Kate HartgeringJune 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit the fruit and vegetable island!
  • Anita G.
    Anita GarcesJuly 8, 2014
    Love this place!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RuchNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's important to go by the beautiful trees this time of year
  • Timothy W.
    Timothy WolfJanuary 13, 2016
    Always peaceful
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea SmithDecember 13, 2011
    Check out the Wonderland Express model train for Christmas!
  • Adrienne W.
    Adrienne WDecember 31, 2009
    Go in the winter to see/ photograph the snow covered Japanese Gardens.
  • Marquita T.
    Marquita T.June 30, 2012
    Teachers park for free!!!
  • Skylar D.
    Skylar Dunn-LubinyApril 8, 2012
    Meditate in the Zen Gardens.
  • Frank B.
    Frank BarrettAugust 15, 2014
    Awesome! !!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BoroughfJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    North Lake construction underway. Be prepared.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MandersonJune 16, 2013
    Having a picnic 💋
  • Endlesscrowd
    EndlesscrowdJune 25, 2012
    Enjoy the nature!
  • Nazar S.
    Nazar SukhnatskyySeptember 28, 2017
    It is free
  • Cindy E.
    Cindy EackJanuary 8, 2011
    Winter is a great time to be in the garden
  • Ilya B.
    Ilya BlyakhmanJuly 23, 2011
    Cactus day at botanic garden July 23-24
  • Chris F.
    Chris FojtikMay 23, 2010
    Admire the Japanese gardens!
  • Janet F.
    Janet FordeNovember 9, 2009
    Tuesday evening concerts in the summer.
  • @jenwalsh
    @jenwalshMarch 28, 2010
    Check out the summer wine festival
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BringedahlAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop and smell the roses
  • Denis
    DenisJuly 26, 2014
    Гулять и наслаждаться.Шикарное место,полный relax))
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