The most striking aspect of the Chicago Botanic Garden is its physical face -- beautifully designed gardens brimming with plants. Twenty-three garden areas showcase the best plants for the Midwest displayed in a variety of beautiful settings. Native habitat areas feature native and endangered flora of Illinois.
Educational programs of the Chicago Botanic Garden foster greater appreciation and understanding of the remarkable world of plants. A wide array of offerings includes plant shows, demonstrations, classes, symposia, school programs, art exhibits, science and environmental school programs, off-site programs and more.
A wonderful resource. My daughter especially loved the 'sensory garden' and, of course, the outdoor model railroad (complete with 'Thomas the Train!').
Love taking the family here. It always seems to be changing and there are inside gardens to see too. If you don't want to pay for parking see if your library has museum passes and check one our for the Botanic Gardens.
There are so many things to do with the kids here. My kids love running around and exploring. The train area is great and they often have wonderful special exhibits. It is worth the trip from Chicago for those of you who live in the City.