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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. Plan ahead and get the best admission pricing or learn about our free admission opportunities

 
 
 

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Model Railroad Garden

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

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.

Tram Tours

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.

What's in bloom
What's in Bloom
Dining
Dining
Butterflies and Bloom
Butterflies & Bloom
 
Trams
Trams
Walking
Walking
Biking
Biking
 
Mobile app
Mobile app
Bingo
Bingo
Exhibitions
Exhibitions
 
Photography
Photography
Birding
Birding
Shop
Garden Shop
 

Today's Hours

Rosa

Open today 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Garden View Café: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.    
Garden Shop: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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View Garden Closures

Read About Construction Projects

Upcoming Events

Plant giveaway

Plant Giveaway

May 15 – October 6
Wednesday – Friday:
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Weekends:
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hands-on Cooking: Tea Tasting & Blending

Friday, May 24
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
or
Saturday, June 29
2 – 4 p.m.

Know Before You Go

Garden FAQs: See below for information about our policies, admission prices, transportation options, and more.