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Accessibility at the Garden

Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs are available free at the Information Desk in the Visitor Center. Accessible parking is located in parking lots 1 and 2. Nearly all areas of the Garden are accessible, as are the tram tours.

Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs)
Electric scooters are available for rent in the Visitor Center on an unreserved, first-come, first-served basis. The following fee applies: members: $15, nonmembers $20. Please note: quantities are limited. The ECV is a single-person chair only. Young children are not allowed to operate or ride on the chair.

Operators must be 16 years of age or older. All operators between the ages of 16 and 18 must have a valid driver's license and signature of a parent or guardian over the age of 21. Scooter training is provided and required, and restrictions do apply. A release form must be signed by the guest operating the scooter. At the discretion of the Chicago Botanic Garden, ECVs cannot be used under the following circumstances: inclement weather, on tram tours, in restrooms, on turf, in Greenhouses, on the Arched Bridge to the Malott Japanese Garden, on the path along the Linnaeus sculpture in the Heratage Garden, or at the Waterfall Garden, Spider Island, or the Farwell Landscape Garden. ECV users must remain on all designated pathways. The ECV must be returned before sundown.

Service Animals
Service animals are permitted on Garden grounds. No pets please. Please understand that our Security personnel are often unable to discern service animals from pets and may approach you for verification during your visit. To show that an animal is a service animal, and provide you with the best visitor experience, we suggest that you bring one of the following with you on your visit: animal ID card, harness or tags, or written documentation. If you are not displaying an identifier and would like to be issued a temporary identifier, please visit the Information Desk when arriving on grounds.

More Information
The Buehler Enabling Garden is a teaching garden for people of all abilities. Raised beds and container gardens highlight gardening techniques for those who use wheelchairs.

Accessible restrooms are available in the Visitor Center, the Regenstein Center, and the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. For those dining at the Garden View Café, both outdoor decks are also wheelchair accessible.