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The Chicago Botanic Garden is proud to be a recipient of the nation's highest honor for extraordinary public service, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Presented to us by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services . In celebration of the very idea of public service—and our continued commitment to programs like Windy City Harvest Youth Farm, College First, and Windy City Harvest—we welcome you to Share Your Story about how the Garden (or our Lenhardt Library!) has made a difference in your life at

Find out more about the following Garden partners:

Forest Preserves District of Cook County
In 1965, the Forest Preserve District of Cook County signed over 300 wet acres of lowland marsh at the north end of the Skokie Lagoons to the Chicago Horticultural Society. Soon, a herd of backhoes and dump trucks would shape the land into the lagoons and nine islands that are now one of the country’s most-visited public gardens. “Few of the 950,000 people who visit the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe each year likely realize that they’re enjoying part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County,” said District President Toni Preckwinkle. “Not only is the Garden built on Forest Preserve District land, but the District also provides about $9 million each year for the Garden in support of its world-class operations and programs.”

Do North
Four of the Chicago area’s most acclaimed cultural attractions—Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, Ravinia Festival and Writers Theatre—have joined forces to bring awareness of the rich artistic, cultural, environmental, community and family activities that make the northern suburbs of Chicago a unique place to live, work, and visit. Visit for information and special offers.

With so much information floating around out there—some of it reliable, some of it not so much—it can be tough to figure out how best to be green, too. EcoMyths sets the record straight. To do this, we call upon an all-star alliance of experts from some of the most respected nature institutions in Chicago to provide you just the facts. Naturally. So you can make the best green decision for you, your family, and nature.

Museums Work for Chicago
Chicago’s best museums and zoos are really working hard for the Chicago area and for you. Chicago’s 14 top museums and zoos are also key economic engines, generating more than $1 billion in economic impact in Illinois, including jobs and tax revenues generated. Chicago museums and zoos are also the reason hundreds of thousands of tourists each year make the Windy City their destination. Check out the top ten ways Museums Work for Chicago and learn how you can get involved in keeping our museums strong.

Lake County, Illinois, Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lake County, Illinois, is the perfect place to kick off your vacation, with fantastic events for everyone.

Plants of Concern
This Garden program engages citizen scientists to monitor the Chicago Wilderness region’s rarest plants, assess trends in their populations, and provide important data used to conserve our rapidly declining floral heritage.

Chicago Wilderness
The Garden’s partner, Chicago Wilderness, is an alliance of organizations that champions biodiversity and its contribution to the quality of life in the urban, suburban, and rural areas of the Chicago Metropolitan region.

Chicagoland Grows
Chicagoland Grows is an innovative plant introduction program developed to promote the use of new plant cultivars that are well adapted to the growing conditions of the Upper Midwest. While regional in focus, the program’s plants can be grown successfully in all zone-appropriate regions of North America, Europe, and around the world. Chicagoland Grows® is a corporate partnership among the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum, and the Ornamental Grower’s Association of Northern Illinois (OGA), a network of wholesale nurseries located in northeastern Illinois.