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Circle Garden

Plan Your Visit

Traffic Alert and Garden Closures:

October 16 – 20 and 23 – 27: The Garden will close at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. only for ticketed guests to Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns.

Dundee Road Closure through October 31, 2019: Dundee Road is closed to traffic between Waukegan Road and Skokie Boulevard. Traffic is detoured to Lake Cook Road via Waukegan Road and Skokie Boulevard.

Hours today

Today, October 16, 2019
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Garden View Café: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Garden Shop: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Garden is open every day of the year; the hours change seasonally, check the complete hours of operation before your visit.


Admission is free. 

Getting Here


Public Transportation


Buy your parking in advance for faster entry.

Buy Parking

Parking is free for members of the Garden — become a member!

$25 per car. $30 per car weekends and holidays (includes tax)
$10 for senior citizens on Tuesdays (age 62+, includes tax)
$30 per van (includes tax)
$65 per limousine, minibus, bus & RV (includes tax)
Discounts apply for Cook County residents. The Garden reserves the right to ask for proof of residency upon entry.

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).

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.

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.

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

Charging Station

A free electric vehicle charging station is available at the rear of parking lot 1, and can accommodate two vehicles at a time. It is easily located with the ChargePoint app.

Service Animals Allowed

No pets are allowed, except for service animals.