Plan Your Visit

Hours today

Today, May 7, 2021
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Garden is open every day of the year; hours change seasonally

Hours of Operation


Know Before You Go

All visitors—including Garden members—must preregister. Masks are required in our public buildings for those over the age of 2 who are medically able. In addition, masks are required for the Grand Tram, Butterflies & Blooms, Model Railroad Garden, and selected areas.

Preregister Timed-Entry  FAQs

Code of Conduct

Parking

All visitors—including Garden members—must preregister. There is no entry without a reservation. You only need to register for your car, not the number of people who will be visiting. This is necessary for the health and safety of all. We will limit the number of cars, and people, to avoid overcrowding and and jeopardizing the ability of people to safely social distance.

Parking Members Nonmembers Senior Nonmembers, age 62+
Per car weekdays Free $25 $25
Per car weekends Free $30 $30
Per car Tuesdays Free $25 $10

Discounts apply for Cook County residents. The Garden reserves the right to ask for proof of residency upon entry.

$30 per commercial van
$65 per limousine, minibus, bus & RV

Admission

Admission is free. Parking fee applies.


The Garden would like to thank our active duty U.S. military personnel and/or their families, reservists, and former POWs for their years of service with free parking. Please present your ID at the entry gatehouse (one car/van vehicle per entry). No preregistration necessary.

Illinois primary and secondary educators receive free parking weekdays only, except Wednesdays. This is not applicable during weekends and evening ticketed events (e.g., Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, Lightscape). Please present your ID at the entry gatehouse (one car/van vehicle per entry). No preregistration necessary. 

As part of the Museums for All program, any visitor with a state-issued EBT card (known as a LINK card) is eligible for a reduced parking fee rate of $10 per passenger vehicle. Must show valid EBT card upon entry. One card per vehicle. Present proof of eligibility at the entry gatehouse. No preregistration necessary.

The Chicago Public Library offers Kids' Museum Passports to a number of public institutions, including the Chicago Botanic Garden. To learn about the program, visit the CPL Bibliocommons. Present proof of eligibility at the entry gatehouse. No preregistration necessary.

Parking fees are included in the preregistration fees for school groups. Parking fees are not included for special events.

Construction Road Closure

Portions of the North Branch Trail (East Road) are closed until fall 2021. Learn more about reroutes for bicyclists and pedestrians.


Getting Here

Directions

Public Transportation

Service Animals Allowed

No pets are allowed, except for service animals.