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Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
847-835-5440

Mission and History

We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. In 2015, more than one million people visited the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.

The Chicago Botanic Garden has 50,000 members-one of the largest memberships of any U.S. botanic garden. People of all ages, interests, and abilities participate in programs, take classes, and stroll the grounds year-round. Within the nine laboratories of the Garden's Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center, scientists and graduate students conduct a wide array of plant research. The Garden is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. Its Lenhardt Library contains 110,000 volumes-including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.

History

The Chicago Botanic Garden traces its origins back to the Chicago Horticultural Society, founded in 1890. Using the motto Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden," the Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows; its third was the World's Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world's fair held in October 1893.

After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, its modern history began when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The Garden today is an example of a successful public-private partnership. It is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and operated by the Chicago Horticultural Society.



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Upcoming Events at Chicago Botanic Garden

Carillon Concert - Wylie Crawford

Monday, Jun 3, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Kal Bergendahl Project

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Moona Luna

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Rosie and the Rivets

Thursday, Jun 6, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Jim Brown

Monday, Jun 10, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Fernandez and Kimball

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Bopology Swing Machine

Thursday, Jun 13, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Sally Harwood

Monday, Jun 17, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Luciano Antonio

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Istvan and His Imaginary Band

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Cadillac Groove

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Amy Johansen

Monday, Jun 24, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Nine Worlds Ensemble

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Mary Macaroni and the Impastas

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Rico

Thursday, Jun 27, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Bernard Winsemius

Monday, Jul 1, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Brad Cole and Jeff Libman

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Soda

Thursday, Jul 4, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Kimberly Schafer

Monday, Jul 8, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Georgia Rae Family Band

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Little Miss Ann

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Jose Valdes and the Mambo All Stars

Thursday, Jul 11, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Carlo Van Ulft

Monday, Jul 15, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Fernandez and Kimball

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Super Stolie and the Rockstars

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Final Say

Thursday, Jul 18, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Michael Solotke and Tiffany Lin

Monday, Jul 22, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Nascent Jazz Project

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - The Exceptionals

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Suburban Cowboys

Thursday, Jul 25, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Leslie Chan

Monday, Jul 29, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Callaloo

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Animal Farm

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Jimmy Nick

Thursday, Aug 1, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Alex Johnson

Monday, Aug 5, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Incendio

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Leonardo

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Spoken Four

Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Jan Verheyen

Monday, Aug 12, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Nine Worlds Ensemble

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Jodi Koplin and the Jigglejam Band

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Saturday June Band

Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Jeremy Chesman

Monday, Aug 19, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Joel Styzens

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Rolie Polie Guacamole

Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - Wild Daisy

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - Joey Brink

Monday, Aug 26, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Music on the Esplanade - Fernandez and Kimball

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Dancin' Sprouts - Miss Jamie and the Farmhands

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Glencoe, IL
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Hot Summer Night - The Wayouts

Thursday, Aug 29, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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Carillon Concert - John Gouwens

Monday, Sep 2, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Glencoe, IL
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