Chicago Botanic Garden

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

AAA Editor Notes

Chicago Botanic Garden, .5 mi. e. of Edens Expwy. on Lake Cook Rd. (County Line Rd.), is a 385-acre living museum featuring 26 gardens, including an English walled garden, a three-island Japanese garden, fruit and vegetable garden, a green roof garden, a children's 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). 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 or Model Railroad Garden $6; $5 (ages 62+); $4 (ages 3-12). Wonderland Express $12; $10 (ages 3-12 and 62+); half-price (Tues.). Parking: $25 (Mon.-Fri.); $30 (Sat.-Sun.); $10 (ages 62+ Tues.).
Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m., early June-Labor Day; 8-dusk, rest of year. Regenstein Center daily 9-5. Tram tours daily 10-5, mid-Apr. through 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. Wonderland Express daily 10-6, late Nov.-early Jan.; closed Christmas Eve. at 3 and Christmas.