New Chicago Botanic Garden Admission Fees Now In Effect | Chicago News

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(Photos from the Chicago Botanical Garden)

The new Chicago Botanic Garden fee structure is now in effect. Gone is the old free entry, which came with a steep parking fee, and in its place, reduced parking fees, but no longer free entry.

Parking is now $8, down from $20 to $30 before. Ticket prices will range from a minimum of $9.95 per adult (or $11.95 for residents outside of Cook County) up to $25.95. All fees referenced are for non-members.

Expect the highest price to be charged during times when demand is higher, a garden spokesperson said. On quieter busy days, prices will be lower. Think about how the Chicago Cubs charge more for a ticket to a summer game against Milwaukee than, say, a March game against the Miami Marlins.

Tickets are available for purchase two months in advance. The adult ticket price for February and March is set at $9.95.

The garden has planned 52 days of free admission — people still have to pay to park — and also continues to offer free admission and parking to active-duty military and Illinois educators, among others. Admission via the North Branch Trail also remains free.

The fee change was approved in 2020 to address increased costs associated with higher attendance, including additional maintenance and programming. According to the garden, the number of visitors has increased by 43% over the past 10 years.


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