Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022- Map It
Phone: (847) 835-5440

AAA Editor Notes

Chicago Botanic Garden, .5 mi. e. of Edens Expwy. at 1000 Lake Cook Rd. (County Line Rd.), is a 385-acre living museum featuring 27 gardens, including an English walled garden, a three-island Japanese garden, fruit and vegetable garden, a green roof garden, a nature play garden, a native woodland and prairie habitat. In Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America, seasonal garden-scale trains pass miniature American landmarks made from natural materials. The Gardens of the Great Basin features a carillon, water gardens, pedestrian bridges offering views and a lake bordered by flowering crab apples. The Regenstein Center houses three greenhouses and offers classes, lectures and exhibits. A narrated tram tour is available (weather permitting). The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition offers butterfly species native to four continents in summer (weather permitting). Special events, music performances and carillon concerts also are offered. Wonderland Express, an outdoor light display and indoor train exhibition, takes place in winter. Guided tours are available. Food is available.
Garden free. Narrated tram tour, Model Railroad Garden or butterfly exhibit $6; $5 (ages 62+); $4 (ages 3-12). Wonderland Express $13; $10 (ages 3-12 and 62+); half-price (Tues.). Parking: $25 (Mon.-Fri.); $30 (Sat.-Sun.); $10 (ages 62+ Tues.).
Station: Ravinia Park
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m., early June-Labor Day; 8-7, day after Labor Day-Oct. 31; 8-dusk, rest of year. Regenstein Center daily 9-5; extended hours summer and fall. Tram tours daily 10-5, late Apr.-Labor Day; Mon.-Fri. 10-4, Sat.-Sun. 10-5, day after Labor Day- late Oct. Model Railroad Garden daily 10-5 (also Wed. 5-8, early June-late Aug.), early May-late Oct. Butterfly exhibit daily 10-5, late May-early Sept.; last admission is at 4:30. Wonderland Express daily 10-6, late Nov.-early Jan.; closed Christmas Eve. at 3 and Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.