Chicago Botanic Gardens Trails

Glencoe, Illinois

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Nestled in the forests of Chicagoland’s upscale North Shore, the Chicago Botanic Gardens lie on nine fertile islands surrounded by quiet lakes. This tranquil stroll encircles the lakes—providing one-of-a-kind views of the islands—but also features easy access points to the twenty-three display gardens across the water via land bridges. When Chicago’s founders decided on a motto for the city, “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden), these 300 acres are surely what they had in mind.

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"Nestled in the forests of Chicagoland’s upscale North Shore, the Chicago Botanic Gardens lie on nine fertile islands surrounded by quiet lakes. This tranquil stroll encircles the lakes—providing one-of-a-kind views of the islands—but also features easy access points to the twenty-three display gardens across the water via land bridges. When Chicago’s founders decided on a motto for the city, “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden), these 300 acres are surely what they had in mind."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glencoe
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Mary Mix McDonald Woods
Local Maps: USGS: Highland Park, IL
Driving Directions: Directions to Chicago Botanic Gardens Trails

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May 2018