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  • Chad C.
    "The Japanese gardens are beautiful any time of year."(14 Tips)
    Mehul S.
    "great model train"(3 Tips)
    Fodor's Travel
    "four natural areas spread across 385 acres and nine islands."(3 Tips)
    cheri
    "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Allan M.
    Allan MarshallFebruary 4
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • USA TODAY
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • HISTORY
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 timeoutchicagokids.com/awards!
  • 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
    Take a closer look at every Orchid and you'll fall in love with them.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 night...as I work Graveyard Shift.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!!
  • 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
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