The Chicago Botanic Garden, despite the name, is not actually located within Chicago city. Instead it can be found in the Greater Chicago Area, in the town of Glencoe on the picteuresque North Shore. These gardens are an impressive size, some 385 acres, and contain a multitude of formal gardens and natural areas planted with many different plants and flowers of various species.
Things to Do
- The Gardens contain a 7,500 square feet model railroad entitled "Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America". If you and your kid are model train enthusiasts it is a delightful experience, for those who are it is still a charming sight.
- A number of youth, family and scout programs can also be enjoyed at the Botanic Gardens. There are family drop in activities, family weekend classes and special events like their October HallowFest all of which can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Chicago Botanic Garden Insider Tips
- Although entrance to the Garden is free parking costs a very steep $25 per car. For alternate means of getting there and back take a look at their website.
- For those interested in bird-watching the Garden may have another draw aside from the flowers. Many different types of birds can be seen around the park, particularly in the area around the lakes. The best time to see them is often when the park is quietest, such as in the early mornings.
- Although the best time to make a visit is undoubtedly in summer when the flowers are in full bloom there is a lot that can enjoyed about the park at other times too. The Gardens are the perfect place to appreciate the changing of the seasons and see Fall, Winter and Spring for their beauty too. If you are a real Nature lover consider becoming a member of the Garden