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Visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden

Hours today

Today, August 30, 2015
7 a.m. – 9 p.m. (sunset 7:29 p.m.)
Garden View Café: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Garden Shop: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Please Note: Traffic may be heavy today due to tonight's performance at Ravinia. We appreciate your patience. Approaching the Garden entrance from the east on Green Bay Road can be faster; the members-only lane is on the left. Buy parking in advance.

Entrance in spring

Hours of Operation


Public Transportation

Admission is free. (No pets allowed, except for service animals.)

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

Parking Fees
Buy your parking in advance for faster entry.
per car on weekdays; $30 per car on weekends and federal holidays (includes tax)
$10 for senior citizens on Tuesdays (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.

ILLUSTRATION: corpse flower.See #CBGSpike Bloom! On the evening the titan arum reaches the peak of bloom, the Garden will remain open to the public until 2 a.m. The regular parking fee will be waived after 9 p.m., but visitors will be restricted to visiting the Semitropical Greenhouse only. No other amenities will be accessible. Read more at Sign up for our newsletter to receive notice when Spike blooms.

Valet parking: Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 per vehicle; $5 for seniors, President's Circle members, and those with disabilities. Regular parking fees apply. Pick-up and drop-off in parking lot 1.

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. Please present your ID at the entry gatehouse for free parking (one car/van vehicle per entry). 

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

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