When can I visit the Chicago Botanical Garden for free? – NBC Chicago

With the seasons and colors beginning to change, many are looking for a destination in the Chicago area to take in the beautiful fall scenery.

Among those spots is the Chicago Botanical Garden in the northern suburb of Glencoe, offering gorgeous views across 385 acres in Cook County Forest Preserves.

While garden ticket prices vary on most days, depending on a number of factors, including booking date, several free days are being offered this fall.

Those who are not members of the Chicago Botanic Garden must register in advance in order to reserve a place for the free garden days. An $8 parking fee also applies to residents visiting on free days.

The following dates are free days at the Chicago Botanic Garden for the remainder of 2022:

  • Oct. 10, Oct. 11, Oct. 13
  • From November 7 to November 13
  • December 12 to December 18

You can find more information about pre-registration here.

In addition to free garden days, the following residents enjoy free admission every day and do not need to pre-register if visiting on a free day:

  • Active duty military and families with ID
  • U.S. military reservists and former POWs
  • LINK and WIC cardholders
  • Illinois educators
  • Families with a Children’s Museum Pass

Information on becoming a member is available here.

NBC Chicago

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