Once You Step Foot Inside This Lovely Botanical Garden, You’ll Never Want To Leave

Spanning nearly 400 acres, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the largest botanic gardens in the United States. While biggest doesn’t always mean best, this enchanting living museum goes beyond expectations with its 27 spectacular gardens and four diverse lush natural areas. Even more impressive is its expansive bonsai collection, considered one of the best displays of these miniature masterpieces in the country. Here’s why you’ll want to visit this FREE horticultural utopia:

Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes because you’ll definitely want to get out and up-close to many of the garden’s awe-inspiring sections. Narrated trams rides are available for an overview of popular areas. The gardens feature free admission but there is a charge to park. The park, located at 1000 Lake Cook Rd. in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe, Illinois, is open 365 days a year, although operating hours differ by the season and location. Check here for hours before you plan your visit.

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