The Chicago Botanic Garden is easy to find and easy to reach, approximately 20 miles north of Chicago.
Note: Lake Cook Road is under construction. You may want to avoid Lake Cook Road between Deer Lake Road and Ellendale/Birchwood Road. Within the reconstruction area, the rehabilitation of Lake Cook Road underneath Metra will also take place as part of this project. Dundee Road could be an alternate route. Please check Google maps or your GPS for exact directions.
Follow the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) west to Edens Expressway (I-94) and U.S. Route 41. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel 1/2 mile east to the Garden.
From the north
Head south on U.S. Route 41 or I-294. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel east to the Garden.
From the west
From I-90, take I-294 toward Wisconsin. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel east four miles to the Garden.
From the south
Take I-294 north, exit at Lake Cook Road and travel east four miles to the Garden.
Take I-90 or I-80/94 to I-94 northbound through Chicago, and then follow the directions from the city (see above).
The Garden is located near the Braeside Metra train station on Metra's Union Pacific North Line. For a schedule of trains, contact Metra at (312) 836-7000 or www.metrarail.com.
Once you arrive at the Braeside station, you may walk to the Garden. You may also summon a cab by calling the 303 Taxi Cab Company at (847) 729-0303. From the Glencoe Metra station you may take a trolley or a PACE bus to the Garden.
See details on the trolley and bus below. To walk from the Braeside station, head west approximately one mile along Lake Cook Road (also known as County Line Road) to the Garden entrance.
For more information, call (847) 835-5440.
Trolley service is provided to and from the Glencoe Metra Station on Sundays, May 12 – September 1, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Round-trip trolley tickets are $2 per person. Garden members and children 5 and under ride free. Monday through Saturday, take the #213 Pace bus that leaves from the east side of Green Bay Road. Ask the driver to stop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. View Hours of Operation for additional information.
Visitors in wheelchairs may visit metrarail.com for information about accessible service on the Union Pacific North Line. When in service, the trolley can accommodate 2 wheelchairs bringing guests directly to the Visitor Center of the Chicago Botanic Garden. A wheelchair lift is used to assist visitors when boarding the Trolley.
For the most up-to-date information, contact Pace Suburban Bus Service at (847) 836-7000 or www.pacebus.com.
Bus connections are available from Davis Street in Evanston, and the Park Avenue Glencoe and Central Street Highland Park train stations. Take the #213 Pace bus marked "Northbrook Court." Buses run north and south on Green Bay Road and then west on Lake Cook Road to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Buses do not run on Sundays and holidays.
Several area bike trails lead to the Garden, where cyclists can slow down to smell the roses — and the lilacs, geraniums, and other fragrant plants. So that bicyclists can take a stroll through the gardens, bicycle racks are conveniently located near the parking lots.
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