Visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden

Hours today

Today, March 27, 2015
8 a.m. – sunset (7:13 p.m.)
Garden View Café: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Garden Shop: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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 (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.

New seasonal parking rates: (from April 1 – October 31) $25 per car on weekdays; $30 per car on weekends and federal holidays. The fee continues to be $10 for seniors on Tuesdays and free for members; discounts apply for Cook County residents.

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