Chicago/Suburbs

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN TO START CHARGING ADMISSION

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

June 27, 2021

GLENCOE, IL – Another change in the Chicago area, after 50-years the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe will start charging admission to patrons.

Starting in January 2022 patrons will be charged on a sliding scale fee structure and can expect to pay between $10 to $26.

CBG president and CEO Jean Franczyk said the decision to charge admission was driven by popularity of the park that before the pandemic drew more than a million visitors a year.

According to Franczyk, parking fees will drop from $20 to $30 to $8.  Franczyk also recommends patrons plan ahead and visit at times less popular than spring weekends when “plan-ahead pricing” is available.  The park will also offer 52 free days per year like other major museums in the area.

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