Chicago Botanic Garden

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The Chicago Botanic Garden opened 50 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.

Every year, more than one million people visit the Garden's 28 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 more than 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 150,000 volumes—including one of the nation's best collections of rare botanical books.

  • Chicago Branch

    1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022, Chicago

Courses offered by Chicago Botanic Garden


Salads in a Jar

A salad in a jar travels easily and pretty much mixes itself, while the colorful layers look appealing. You will learn knife skills, dressing basics, and how to cook beans in an instant pot.

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Cheese & Charcuterie Board

In this cooking class, you will learn the art of building a cheese and charcuterie plate, from selecting appropriate cheeses to adding the perfect accompaniments to creating a salami river.

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Feel-good Food

When you are feeling low-energy, sometimes a delicious meal is just the ticket to heal and nourish your body. Press reset in this hands-on cooking class with go-to, tasty recipes: pep-tea, mung dahl, superfood salad, and “better than medicine” chicken soup.

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Fancy Chocolates

Handmade chocolates make a wonderful holiday gift. In this demonstration baking class, you will learn about tempering and crystallizing chocolate, making ganache and caramel, and methods for dipping and molding chocolates.

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Salmon Bowls

Are you looking for a fabulous fish dinner that is quick, easy, and delicious? With leftovers for a perfect, one-dish lunch? In this cooking class, learn how to prepare rice, steam fish, hone your knife skills, and make a dressing from scratch. Featured recipes include: forbidden rice, steamed sesa...

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