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Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a world-renowned living museum and conservation science center that offers multiple unique nature courses spread throughout 26 gardens and four natural areas on 385 acres.

Upcoming Classes at Chicago Botanic Garden (143)

All courses are held at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL unless indicated.

Thursday, July 18th
11am–12pm CDT (9 sessions)


Tai Chi Experienced Sun-Style

1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, Chicago, IL

Friday, July 19th
7:30–8:30am CDT (10 sessions)


Essential Plants for Pollinators

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Saturday, July 20th
10:30am–1:30pm CDT


Sunday, July 21st
1–3:30pm CDT


Sunday, July 21st
3:30–4:30pm CDT


Tuesday, July 23rd
9am–12pm CDT


Tuesday, July 23rd
2–4pm CDT


Thursday, July 25th
9–10:30am CDT


Friday, July 26th
9–11am CDT


Outdoor Walking Workout

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Saturday, July 27th
8–9am CDT (5 sessions)


Saturday, July 27th
9:30–10:30am CDT (5 sessions)


Saturday, July 27th
10am–12:30pm CDT


Saturday, July 27th
10am–12pm CDT


Forest Bathing Experience

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Sunday, July 28th
10am–12pm CDT


Wednesday, July 31st
9am–12pm CDT (3 sessions)


Thursday, August 1st
1–2:30pm CDT


Friday, August 2nd
9:30am–12pm CDT (6 sessions)


Saturday, August 3rd
9am–12pm CDT (6 sessions)


Saturday, August 3rd
10:30am–12:30pm CDT (3 sessions)


Sunday, August 4th
12:30–3:30pm CDT


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Provider Description

The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little 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 2013, 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.


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

1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, Suburbs
1000 Lake Cook Road
Btwn Edens Exprsswy/Rt 41 & Green Bay Rd
Glencoe, Illinois 60022

Reviews of Chicago Botanic Garden

(4.4-star rating across 129 reviews)
  • Forest Bathing Experience

    Anonymous review on 5/27/2024
    Loved this class!
  • Elements of the Garden: Patios

    Reviewed by John E. on 5/23/2024
    It was a good class. I learned a lot. The instructor was quite informative and obviously an expert in this field of study.
  • Spring Lawn Care

    Reviewed by John E. on 4/20/2024
    Well, informative. Helpful tips that will improve my "green thumb" effort.
  • Container Gardens: Pots with Panache

    Anonymous review on 4/12/2024
    I enjoyed the instructor and the slides were very helpful to her presentation. I think the course could run 90 minutes rather than 2 hours and would have appreciate a few more tips on putting containers together with a video showing the steps. But, I enjoyed it and appreciated the pacing and her recommendations on different potting soils and plants for the various seasons.
  • Arranging Store-Bought Bouquets: Online

    Reviewed by Eileen P. on 4/11/2024
    I learned good flower arranging techniques from this class and really liked the instructor
  • Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects

    Reviewed by Nadine T. on 4/8/2024
    The class was very good, I learned a lot. More than I thought I would on the subject. The teacher took her time, I was able to follow everything she said.
  • Pruning Principles

    Anonymous review on 2/9/2024
    The instructor was very good! But 1. The remote option wasn't great -- screen projections weren't always visible. 2. Classroom setting was not what I'd expected - I'd hoped to see some actual pruning take place in a garden or nursery, to be able to see up close where cuts were made, what tools used, etc 3. I'm in California, so much of the material wasn't pertinent. Info on dogwoods, lilacs and other hedges and trees we don't have here. That's perfectly fine and makes sense since it came from Chicago but it would be helpful if the course blurb mentioned what geographic planting zones it would helpful. It really wasn't designed for folks out west
  • Mosaic Bird Pendant Workshop

    Reviewed by Janice V. on 1/21/2024
    Wonderful, as are all Bonnie's classes!
  • Holiday Calligraphy Workshop

    Reviewed by Kimberly B. on 12/22/2023
    I learned some of the basic’s. Would really like more time and maybe more one on one. But, this might be a case of practice makes perfect, and I just need a lot of practice. I appreciate that I have finally had a class on calligraphy. Thank you. I know teaching to adults is much harder than teaching kids in class. We want to learn overnight.
  • Goat Milk Soap Making

    Reviewed by yolanda M. on 11/12/2023
    The person who was supposed to teach;just talk about his family and his worked hiw tiredness might be,and people in the class were interested in the goats life;I went to learned how to do the soaps plus the person I asked how much oil,coconut oil,fat was the measurements and he told me that he wasn’t going to tell me,If he is afraid that someone still his recipe;he is wrong;when somebody gives a class…….teach not just live you in a limbo,very insatisfied For the money was a poor class
  • Arranging Store-Bought Bouquets: Online

    Reviewed by Shelly L. on 10/8/2023
    The class was canceled and no communication to inform students and no one was on the phone to answer what was going on with the class.
  • Forest Bathing Experience

    Reviewed by Michelle M. on 9/11/2023
    This was my first experience but I have done a lot of research on forest bathing. Sally did a great job! She is so kind and generous and even stayed a little after to talk to me about how I am trying to set up a business of my own around forest bathing. My only suggestion is that the gardens provide a detailed explanation on where to find the group. I was 15 minuets late because I am not the greatest map reader and had to figure out where to go once I parked. Maybe drawing on the map or suggesting a specific parking lot would help. It was a beautiful day and I am SO glad I attended!
  • Outdoor Survival and Shelter Building

    Reviewed by LAURA G. on 6/19/2023
    In the advertising for this course they show a photo of people actually in the forest . We were on a manicured lawn area with clean branches and brush tied up in a pile . Not exactly foraging ! You can’t learn much that way . In a real life situation there wouldn’t be a pile ready and waiting for you . I wanted to learn which branches are suitable vs those that aren’t . Also wanted to learn how to start a fire . What types of material would be good for that . Learning in a class room is fine but hands on is so much better . You will remember hands on as opposed to taking notes in a class room . Handouts of the presentation should have been included for the price paid .
  • Introduction to Beekeeping

    Anonymous review on 2/19/2023
    A lot of information. Willie was very knowledgeable, would love if this was a series for bee keeping
  • Shibori-Dyed Scarf

    Reviewed by Elizabeth H. on 1/25/2023
    I really enjoyed this class and will sign up for others
  • Introduction to Beekeeping

    Reviewed by Rachel D. on 10/10/2022
    Great class, great location. Very informative in a well rounded intro class. Hope there's another in the future.
  • Beginning Watercolor: Online

    Anonymous review on 8/19/2022
    I am a true beginner with no prior experience. I learned about brushes, brush strokes, and paint mixing. Judith gave me great critiques with very good tips. The only negative is that the students seemed to be sorted by age instead of experience. I was the only “newby” so it was a bit intimidating.
  • Orchids for Beginners: Online

    Reviewed by Barbara L. on 2/27/2022
    This class was NOT good! I did not want a course on Botany, details of the orchids. The class was let out early and I did not get many ideas for caring for orchids. The teacher spent too much time on her own graduate thesis and did not really help me learn how to pick out orchids or how to keep them growing. I would NOT recommend this class.
  • Demo Cooking: French Cocktail Snacks

    Reviewed by Joanne G. on 2/21/2022
    Our instructor was fantastic. Knowledgeable, entertaining and personable. All the recipes were great too and i cant wait to try them at home.
  • Introduction to Beekeeping

    Reviewed by Ismail T. on 2/13/2022
    Great teacher. Incredible class
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

According to student reviews, the classes at Chicago Botanic Garden cover a wide range of topics such as forest bathing, beekeeping, painting, gardening, plant care, and more. Many students reported learning a lot of information and gaining new skills from their classes. Some specific skills mentioned include learning about brushes and paint mixing in painting classes, gaining knowledge about specific plants and how to care for them in gardening classes, and learning about the process of making soap. The instructors are frequently praised for their knowledge and teaching abilities, with many students expressing a desire to take more classes with them. Quotes: - "My first class at the Botanical gardens. It was great! Looking forward to other related classes. Mr. Lucas had a lot of knowledge. I love his teaching techniques. Thank you" - "This class was a delight! I learned so much. It is an intensive class, so expect to spend time out of class studying, but also expect to come away with newly gained understanding of the plant world and how much we rely on it." - "The best Bonsai teacher ever... Chris Baker! Learnt a lot in those two three short hours. Me Baker was very generous with sharing his knowledge and expertise on the subject. I only wish we could have had a week-long workshop. Thank you."

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