Group Visits

Group Visit Packages

All Group Visit packages include motor coach/bus admission, priority drop off, guaranteed tour times, and 10 percent discount coupons to the Garden Shop.

Petal Tour

  • $14 per person
  • One activity/tour of your choice (add an additional activity for $5 per person)

Garden Tour

  • $35 per person
  • One activity/tour of your choice
  • Private dining area for one hour and lunch (upgrade to a hot lunch buffet for $5 per person)
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Twilight Concert Package

  • Available after 5 p.m. June – August, Monday through Thursday.
  • $40 per person
  • One activity/tour of your choice
  • Designated concert seating area, private dining area for one hour and a dinner buffet.
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Tuesday Morning Music Package

  • Available June through August – concert begins at 10 a.m.
  • $35 per person
  • One activity/tour of your choice
  • Designated concert seating area, private dining area for one hour and continental breakfast.
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Pricing does not include taxes which are applicable to food and beverage.

Tours:

Grand Tram Tour

  • 35-minute narrated tour departing on the hour starting at 10 a.m.
  • Travels 2.3 miles showing the entire garden grounds: highlights of 81 acres of lakes, 9 garden islands and panoramic views of these beautiful gardens.
  • Maximum capacity of 76 people
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Available during peak season (April – October)

Bright Encounters Tram Tour

  • 35-minute narrated tour departing every hour starting at 10 a.m.
  • Travels around the main island for a closer look at the Garden; this tour is designed for those who cannot walk this walkable area of the Garden
  • Maximum capacity of 18 people
  • Wheelchair accessible (due to space contraints scooters are not able to be loaded onto the designated ADA area)
  • Available during peak season (April – October)

Activities:

Model Railroad Garden

For $6 more per person, add a unique adventure to your package: 15 model trains journey coast-to-coast across bridges, through tunnels, and past miniature scenes of America's favorite landmarks. Wheelchair accessible. From mid May to late October, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. extended until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays June – August. This visit takes approximately 30 minutes.

Butterflies and Blooms

For $6 more per person immerse yourself in a habitat filled with over 500 butterflies native to South America, North America, and Africa, as well as Illinois. From May 25 through September 2, 2013, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This visit takes approximately 20 minutes.

Specialty Tours (weekdays only and based on availability)

Plant Conservation Science Center Green Roof or Lab Tour

Explore the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center to learn about the Garden’s many plant and native habitat restoration activities. . Interact with six hands-on exhibits exploring flower pollination, plants in our lives, and soil creatures. Discover some special features of the plants growing on the 16,000-square-foot “living roof.” Learn about the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certified building. (capacity restrictions apply based on guide availability)

Library Tour

One of the greatest treasures of the Chicago Botanic Garden is the Lenhardt Library. This tour package includes a rare book viewing, a library tour, and an exhibition tour. Established in 1951, the collections of the Lenhardt Library hold approximately 110,000 volumes including books, periodicals, rare books, special collections, videos, DVDs, slides, nursery catalogs, and the archives of the Chicago Horticultural Society with approximately 3,000 titles from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. This tour includes a viewing of selected rare books as well as a tour of the library’s most current exhibition. After your tour, make sure to stroll through the rest of the Regenstein Center and the surrounding Gardens before your departure. (30 person capacity per tour)

Maximum 30 persons per tour.
This tour takes approximately 50 minutes. Available year-round.

Garden Highlights Walking Tours (available Monday – Friday)

On this tour you will be taken to a Garden in full bloom. Areas for touring are determined the day of your visit; based on blooms and groups capacity to walk distances. Greenhouse tours are scheduled for winter months. This tour takes approximately 35 minutes. (10 - 15 people per guide)

Demonstrations/Special Programs

(Available based on availability - fees include $200 demo. Supplies and room quoted upon request)

These include Herbal Spa demonstration, Grilling with Herbs, Cooking with Herbs, Chef Demonstrations, Container Gardening, Bouquet and Wreath Arranging.

Special Exhibitions (pricing available upon request)

Antique & Garden Fair (April)
Wonderland Express (November/December)
Orchid Show (February/March)

Policies:

  • Group visit package prices do not include applicable sales tax
  • 15 guest minimum will apply
  • $50 non-refundable deposit required for booking
  • All prices subject to change
  • Menu substitutions not available
  • Final guest count and payment due (10) business days prior to visit
  • Cancellations must be made at least (10) business days prior to visit