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Annual Report

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Robert F. Finke

Jean M. Franczyk

Chairman of the Board

As the Chicago Botanic Garden approaches the final stages of our “Keep Growing” capital and endowment campaign, we pause to review the progress we’ve made together:

In 2017, we finished major construction projects on the Kris Jarantoski Campus, including phase one of our new greenhouses, the first since the Garden opened in 1972. When the greenhouse project is complete later in 2018, the state-of-the-art plant production facilities will be triple the size of our current space, thereby enabling the Garden to expand its horticultural presentations with new and varied offerings.

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Jean M. Franczyk

Jean M. Franczyk

President and CEO

On a warm, cloudy morning last August, the parking lots filled up early at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Thousands of people streamed through the main gates on bicycle or on foot. Some pushed strollers or wheelchairs while others lugged sun umbrellas, lawn chairs, and beach towels.

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