Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022


1000 Lake Cook Road
60022 Glencoe , IL
United States
Phone: 847-835-8208
Illinois US
The Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the treasures of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring 24 distinct display gardens surrounded by lakes, as well as a prairie and woodlands. With events, programs and activities for all ages, the Garden is open every day of the year. Admission is free; select event fees apply. Parking is $20 per car; free for Garden members. Close to the city, on Chicago's north shore, the Chicago Botanic Garden has a year-round calendar of family activities and entertainment, including free kids' concerts, drop-in activities, plant giveaways, weekend family classes, and outdoor family entertainment, while also offering children the chance to explore outdoors. The Chicago Botanic Garden is one of Chicago's premier attractions, where visitors walk, enjoy nature photography, and celebrate each season with outdoor and indoor activities for families and kids of all ages.

Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location: 
Parking Lots #1 & 2
Main Entrance: 
No stairs
Accessible Entrance: 
Most of the Garden is accessible with fine gravel paths or brick paved walkways. There are ramps at all grade changes. Most ramps have one rail.
Café / Restaurant: 
Café/Restaurant is wheelchair accessible
Wheelchairs Available: 
At the Visitor's Information desk, standard wheelchairs are available for no cost and electric scooters are available for a $20 fee.
Accessible Restrooms: 
All restrooms are accessible
Family/Unisex Restroom: 
Family / unisex restroom available (wheelchair accessible)
Family/Unisex Restroom Location: 
In Visitor's Center and in the Buehler Enabling Garden.
Segways Not Allowed
Service Animals: 
Sitting Area Location: 
Benches are located through-out Garden
Pre-Visit Information
Other Important Pre-Visit Information: 
The outdoor decks at the Cafe are also wheelchair accessible. During winter, sand rather than salt is used primarily on walkways.
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits: 
Of particular interest is the Buehler Enabling Garden, which is a teaching garden for people of all abilities. Raised beds and container gardens highlight gardening techniques for those who use wheelchairs. There is a tactile map at the entrance of this garden and gentle exploration of the plant material is encouraged. Volunteers are available to answer questions. The adjacent Sensory Garden provides enjoyable stimulation to all senses.
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from: