The Chicago Botanic Garden is easy to find and easy to reach, approximately 20 miles north of Chicago.
The Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Illinois.
You have options! Here are some creative ways to avoid traffic and enjoy the scenic route on your way to the Garden.
Approaching the Garden entrance from the east on Green Bay Road can be much faster.
Members! The members-only lane is on the left. Nonmembers: Consider buying parking in advance or a membership.
Valet parking is available every Sunday. http://ow.ly/P91zi
Follow the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) west to Edens Expressway (I-94) and U.S. Route 41. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel ½ mile east to the Garden.
From the north
Head south on U.S. Route 41 or I-294. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel east to the Garden.
From the west
From I-90, take I-294 toward Wisconsin. Exit at Lake Cook Road and travel east four miles to the Garden.
From the south
Take I-294 north, exit at Lake Cook Road, and travel east four miles to the Garden.
Take I-90 or I-80/94 to I-94 northbound through Chicago, and then follow the directions from the city (see above).
The Garden is located near the Braeside Metra train station on Metra's Union Pacific North Line. For a schedule of trains, contact Metra at (312) 836-7000 or metrarail.com.
Once you arrive at the Braeside station, you may walk to the Garden. You may also summon a cab by calling the 303 Taxi Cab Company at (847) 729-0303. From the Glencoe Metra station, you may take a trolley or a Pace bus to the Garden.
See details on the trolley and bus below. Once you arrive at the Braeside station, it’s a beautiful and ADA-accessible, .8-mile walk to the Garden—just follow the newly-opened North Branch Trail, which also links bike riders to trails south of the Garden.
For more information, call (847) 835-5440.
Trolley service is provided to and from the Glencoe Metra Station on Sundays, May 10 – September 6, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Service is also provided from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on World Environment Day, Saturday, June 6.
Round-trip trolley tickets are $2 per person. Garden members and children 5 and under ride free. Monday through Saturday, take the 213 Pace bus that leaves from the east side of Green Bay Road. Ask the driver to stop at the Chicago Botanic Garden. View Hours of Operation for additional information.
Visitors in wheelchairs may visit metrarail.com for information about accessible service on the Union Pacific North Line. When in service, the trolley can accommodate two wheelchairs bringing guests directly to the Garden's Visitor Center. A wheelchair lift is used to assist visitors when boarding the trolley.
For the most up-to-date information, contact Pace Suburban Bus Service at (847) 836-7000 or pacebus.com.
Bus connections are available from Davis Street in Evanston, and the Park Avenue Glencoe and Central Street Highland Park train stations. Take the 213 Pace bus marked “Northbrook Court.” Buses run north and south on Green Bay Road and then west on Lake Cook Road to the Garden. Buses do not run on Sundays and holidays.
Leave the car behind, discover the new trail, and explore the Garden from a new perspective. 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.
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.