Chicago Botanic Garden

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Chicago Botanic Garden

Water plants are in abundance at this beautiful site, where the sprawling gardens are a series of islands. Stroll through 24 landscapes, including the Japanese Garden, green year-round, and the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden. You can also commune with nature on a prairie, in the woods and by the Skokie River.  

Venue name: Chicago Botanic Garden
Address: 1000 Lake-Cook Rd

Opening hours: Daily 8am–sunset
Transport: Train:Union Pacific N to Braeside.
Price: Free admission; parking per car $20, seniors on Tue $7, vans $25
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  • Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday March 13 2016
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Clayton Guse

If you're going to the North Shore, you should definitely stop at the Botanic Garden. There's a room full of friggin' butterflies and more plants than you ever knew existed. If you want to get a quick escape from the city and the smog and pollution that come with it, the Botanic Garden is a great choice.