Summer at the Garden

Plan Your Visit

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

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Admission is per person; buy your admission tickets in advance to get the best pricing and to ensure your preferred date and time, a parking fee is purchased separately. Your admission fee includes our most popular summer attractions such as Butterflies & Blooms, Grand Tram Tour, and Model Railroad Garden.

Members always receive free admission and parking.


With plan-ahead pricing, nonmembers can get the best pricing on per-person admission tickets by buying in advance. Preregister in advance for free admission days to ensure entry; parking fees apply for most nonmembers. Your admission fee includes seasonal attractions such as Butterflies & Blooms, Model Railroad and Trams.

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Daily Parking Rates

Car $8
Van $30
Limo, bus or RV $65

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Know Before You Go

Note: Some gardens may be closed due to special events. The Garden follows all state and Cook County guidelines that are in place to mitigate COVID-19.

Please read about our commitment to Indigenous Communities. Here are some of the details about our construction projects.


Free Admission Days & Plan Ahead

Find out how you can benefit from plan-ahead pricing and admission opportunities like free admission days.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is committed to launch an Equitable Admissions Pilot.


Today's Hours


September 26, 2022

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Garden View Café

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Garden Shop

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hours change seasonally, and some garden areas close for private events throughout the summer. Please check the complete hours of operation and Garden closure schedule before your visit.

Today's Events

Today's Events

Butterflies & Blooms
A beautiful habitat filled with live butterflies.

Model Railroad
Miniature trains traversing high and low through tunnels, across bridges, and around buildings.

What's in Bloom
Find out what's blooming and where to find your favorite plants.

Take a Walk
Get outside and enjoy a walk surrounded by flowers!

Ongoing Garden exhibitions