Chicago Botanic Garden

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Chicago Botanic Garden
Photograph: Frank James Stocum
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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Jaclyn R

The Botanic Gardens is a must for any one! It's a brilliantly curated landscape with different gardens based off a variety of landscapes and terrains. Their Aquatic Garden & Englished Walled garden are my personal favorites. Whether you're looking to see some stellar plant varieties or just want to stroll in nature, this is the place to go!

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.