Plan Your Visit
Welcome to the Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden has 385 acres of nature, beauty, and respite to discover. Try one of our seasonal walks, let your kids roll down the hills of the Nature Play Garden, or explore what’s in bloom. Your admission also includes our popular seasonal attractions: Butterflies & Blooms, Model Railroad Garden, and Grand Tram Tours. Plan ahead and get the best admission pricing or learn about our free admission opportunities.
Included With Your Visit
Model Railroad Garden
May to October, weather permitting
Step into a world of G-scale (garden scale) inspiration with 19 model trains running on 19 tracks, passing by miniature American landmarks and surrounded by more than 300 plant varieties.
Butterflies & Blooms
End of May to Labor Day, weather permitting
Immerse yourself in a habitat filled with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the globe, as well as species native to Illinois.
Grand Tram Tours
Late April through October, weather permitting
Join a 35-minute narrated tour to get acquainted with the Garden’s history and science, take in beautiful views, and stop off (optional) to tour additional Garden sites. Board at the Welcome Plaza.
Plan Your Day
Make it a great visit to the Garden. See below for the perfect path, whether you are coming to stroll, find the gorgeous bird or flower, take photos, shop, eat, or just have fun with your family.