Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the treasures of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 25 distinct display gardens and four natural areas. With events, programs and activities for all ages, the Garden is open every day of the year. Admission is free; select event fees apply. Parking is $20 per car; free for Garden members. Located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Ill., the Garden is smoke free. Opened to the public in 1972, the Garden is managed by the Chicago Horticultural Society, accredited by the American Association of Museums and a member of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). Visit www.chicagobotanic.org, or call (847) 835-5440 for seasonal hours, images of the Garden and commuter transportation information.
The Garden is home to the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, offering a broad array of classes for all ages. Adult education classes include horticulture, garden design, nature studies and botanical arts for all levels of interest. Other programs bring the wonder of nature and plants to children, teens and teachers. The Garden's Horticultural Therapy and Community Gardening programs provide nationally recognized community outreach and service programs. Windy City Harvest is an organic vegetable and plant production enterprise that provides certificate instruction in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture. Through the Division of Plant Science and Conservation, Garden scientists work on plant conservation, research and environmental initiatives that have global impact. The Garden is host to Botanic Gardens Conservation International-U.S., and a member of the Center for Plant Conservation.