Chicago Botanic Garden

Explore the Garden

Gardens and
Natural Areas

Great Basin

We hope you enjoy your visit, and we invite you to come again soon to experience the glory of nature as it changes daily.

In every season at the Chicago Botanic Garden, there are activities and programs, and breathtaking beauty throughout our 385 acres, including 26 gardens, four natural areas — including prairie and woods — and 81 acres of water.

You can explore the wonders of the Garden by walking or by taking a tram. Tram tours include a panoramic overview or the intimate view of the gardens of the main island. To enhance your visit, please download Garden guides of individual gardens or check out our interactive Garden map.

Detailed information on special events, exhibits, garden walks, and tram hours is available online in the Events Calendar or onsite at the Visitor Center.

fun for the family
Close to the city of Chicago, the Garden offers fun for kids and families. Come to the North Shore for a family outing, with free activities that entertain young and old alike. Find a perfect garden for an indoor or outdoor walk or to enjoy nature photography. Let the children run and smell the flowers while you enjoy the serenity and beauty of the ever-changing views.