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Bike to the Garden

Bikers have long wanted to leave the car behind and explore the Chicago Botanic Garden. Now they may join hikers, runners, and others on the long-anticipated one-mile link between the Green Bay Trail and the North Branch Trail. This multiuse path passes through the Garden’s McDonald Woods and through Turnbull Woods, which is part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the Garden has created this beautiful and accessible trail. Look for interpretive signs describing the moraine, wetland, and woodland regions of the Garden's landscape. 

Cyclists can slow down to smell the roses—and the lilacs, geraniums, and other fragrant plants. To allow bicyclists to take a stroll through the gardens, bicycle racks are conveniently located near the parking lots. Speed limit on all bike paths at the Garden is 8 miles per hour.

The Garden gates at Lake Cook Road and Dundee Road are open from 8 a.m. to sunset. No pets, rollerblades, or skateboards are allowed into the Garden.

View/download a map of the bike route on Garden grounds.

Download a PDF of the map below.

PHOTO: map of bike trails leading to the Garden.