One of the perks of living in Chicago’s north suburbs is enjoying the amazing gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden located in Glencoe, Illinois. The Botanic Garden is comprised of twenty-six unique gardens along with four natural areas. The gardens are situated on 385 acres and include nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. Yep, it’s a big place to visit!
I recommend first timers take a tram ride around the grounds. This gives you a good overview of all the different garden areas filled with info from the helpful tram guide.
There is no entry fee to the gardens; however, there is a parking fee of $25 per car. If you share the fee it is very reasonable: 2 people, $12.50 per person, 4 people only $6.25 per person.
The second item I recommend is eatting lunch at the Garden View Cafe. It is filled with seasonal, delicious, healthy food choices. Many of the dishes are prepared with items grown on site from their fruit and vegetable gardens. How cool is that?
My third favorite thing to do is walk around the Rose Garden to the Japanese Gardens, circling back to the English Gardens. Bring your camera because when the flowers are in bloom, these gardens are full of color!
My hubby and I recently visited the Botanic Garden (October/Fall) and decided to walk the Dixon Prairie Trail. Heads up, wear sneakers because this is the long way around the gardens. It gives you a different perspective of the grounds, you burn a few calories, and it’s so quiet!
If you have little ones, splurge and buy tickets to the Model Railroad Exhibit; it is fascinating. There are so many Chicago landmarks included in the exhibit; it’s fun identifying the buildings.
Check out their website if you have a chance: chicagobotanic.org