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May Flowers: To and From and Inside The Chicago Botanic Garden: 6+ Miles

May Flowers: To and From and Inside The Chicago Botanic Garden: 6+ Miles

Saturday, May 4th.  This will not be our typical hike.  We will hike as a group 3 miles of the North Branch Trail System from the Skokie Lagoons into the Botanic Gardens, walk the gardens for an hour or so and then meetup again and hike the 3 miles back to the lagoons. This will not be a difficult hike though it will be a great opportunity to see a unique part of the Chicago area conservation effort. The trail will be a combination of pavement and crushed limestone.

 

There is no cost for this meetup.  Admission to the Botanic Garden is free.  The garden does charge for parking but since we will be walking in, there will be no cost to us. While it is completely optional, you might consider bringing a small donation to drop in their box. Completely, completely optional.

 

About the Chicago Botanic Garden:

MISSION

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world.

The Garden continues to strive to meet the lofty goals set more than a century ago. The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research.

The 385-acre Garden features 26 display gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes.

HISTORY

The Chicago Horticultural Society was founded in 1890. At its heart was the understanding that the city of Chicago was incorporated with the Latin words Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden." The Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows from its beginning. Information on the first show the new Society hosted is lost to history, but records archived at the Chicago Botanic Garden confirm the second show was held in the autumn of 1892 at the Regiment Armory, possibly at 1542 South Michigan Avenue, where a new armory opened in 1890.

With two successful annual shows behind them, the Society next hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world’s fair in the autumn of 1893, at the newly built and just-opened Art Institute of Chicago.

After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, modern history begins when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The mission encompasses three important components: collections,education, and research.

In 2012, the Chicago Botanic Garden celebrated its 40th anniversary.

 

Sorry, no dogs allowed on this hike (other than service dogs).

 

We will meet in the Skokie Lagoons Tower Road Boat Launch parking lot at 9:45 and leave out on the hike right at 10:00.  We will cross Tower Road and take the west section of the Black trail to Dundee road where we will enter the Botanic Garden.

Inside the garden we may need to split into smaller groups of 20 or so.

We will meetup back in front of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center at 12:45 and at 1:00 make the hike back to Skokie Lagoons Tower Road Boat Launch.  On the trail back we will take the east side of the Black trail and cross Tower Road to the lot.

Skokie Lagoons Tower Road Boat Launch Parking Lot

Tower Road and I-94

Either the Tower Road or Tower Road Boat Launch Parking Lot

Northbrook, IL

Directions: From Chicago, take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) until I-94 splits off to form the Edens Expressway.  Exit at Willow and head east.  Take a left (North) on Forest Way to Tower Road.  Take a left on Tower Road and look for the boat launch parking lot on the left.

More information on the North Branch Trail System:

Chicago Botanic Garden Web Page click here.

Cook County North Branch Trail System Map click here.

Chicago Botanic Garden Map click here.

I hope you can make the hike; for those who have never been to the the garden, or those who have not been in a while, this will be a treat,

Lyle

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  • Nina

    Wonderful walk!

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • J

    Great walk and beautiful Botanic Gardens. Thanks!

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Oscar

    Great day to be out on the trails. Also, it was nice to see new and familier faces. Everyone was so friendly. Thanks for organizing Lyle!!!

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to work overtime and couldn't come, but looks like I'll have to make an effort to visit the gardens.

    May 4, 2013

  • Colleen

    Great day. Looking forward to more walks this summer.

    May 4, 2013

  • Cindy S.

    I had a great time. This was my first Meetup and I met so many great people. Thanks

    May 4, 2013

  • Cindy

    So much fun!!!

    May 4, 2013

  • Deb M.

    Just awesome day, outstanding meetup, looking for the lady I talked to at lunch, regarding Poland...Elaine? E-mail me through meetup. Forgot to get your contact info...

    May 4, 2013

  • Sarah B

    Lovely morning for a walk - thank you!

    May 4, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    They are only calling for scattered showers. The hike is on rain or shine. The cherry trees are in bloom. It should be a nice hike. You might consider bringing an umbrella or rain coat just in case but for sure the hike is on. Hope to see you there.

    1 · May 2, 2013

    • Peabody

      So very sorry i was unable to make it his morning - my apologies!

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That's going on now, I just joined

    May 4, 2013

  • Tina H.

    Thank you, Nina!!

    May 4, 2013

  • Maryanne

    Unless it's raining. So done with rain!

    May 4, 2013

  • Tina H.

    Darn!! That's my birthday. I'd love to join, but I'll be celebrating w/my boys!!

    2 · February 10, 2013

    • Nina

      Happy Birthday Tina!

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Nina

    Who would like to join me for lunch in Sweet tomatoes after walk?

    May 3, 2013

    • Maryanne

      Ladies, be sure to go on line and ptint coupons for sweet tomatoes. Yoy can always find them. Usually 2 for 1 :)

      1 · May 4, 2013

    • Nina

      got few!

      May 4, 2013

  • Maryanne

    Unless it's raining. So done with rain!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is more like a flash mob ;)

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • Oscar

      If by flash mob you mean an event that was scheduled three months out...you're right!

      May 3, 2013

  • Oscar

    Is anyone coming from Oak Park area...carpool?

    May 2, 2013

    • Victoria

      I'm in Forest Park and still planning to go. If interested in carpool, give me a call in the morning. I'm an early riser. Will send you my # via email.

      May 3, 2013

  • Juan Miguel H.

    I am new to hiking, what do I need to bring myself to the meet up place?

    April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      just a note, eatting there is kinda expensive.

      May 3, 2013

    • Deb M.

      It is a little expensive, but is really good vegetarian food usually.

      May 3, 2013

  • Calvin

    Anyone from the west burbs (naperville/aurora..) would like to offer carpool/ride sharing? I will share the cost.

    April 30, 2013

    • Laurie

      Sent it just now, Thanks Ray !

      April 30, 2013

    • Jason S

      Do you have room for another? I'm in Naperville and can come over and chip in for gas etc.

      May 3, 2013

  • Dave

    Hi Lyle,
    Sorry. Something important came up with a friend for early afternoon, so I think I'll have to withdraw. Otherwise I'd have to start and maybe just go partway before turning back.
    Have a great time!
    Dave

    May 3, 2013

  • John D

    If anyone wants to carpool, I'll be driving from Jeff Park blue line

    April 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you are still going I'd like a ride and I'll pay for gas.

      May 3, 2013

  • Jackie

    wow! am I reading this right? 164 ppl are attending this event? Holly smackers! LOL How does this even work?

    April 23, 2013

    • Oscar

      Also, the group generally divides into various subgroups and go at various paces.

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      just feel for the thunder hooves, that be us!

      May 3, 2013

  • Ray

    Bring an umbrella or raingear.

    May 3, 2013

  • Frank S.

    If they are calling for scattered showers does that mean we hike between rain drops ?.

    May 3, 2013

  • Carol

    I'm a maybe at this point due to work

    May 2, 2013

  • Kathy

    I live in university village and have a car.

    May 1, 2013

  • Joanna

    Sorry, no transportation. See you next time.

    May 1, 2013

  • Colleen

    I'm coming from Sleepy Hollow (near Elgin). Anybody need a ride? Or have an extra seat?

    April 30, 2013

  • Susan M.

    First hike with this group and looking forward to it!

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Cindy

    Lyle, Thanks for explaining the change in the walk. I thought I had read it differently when I originally signed up, so that clears it up for me now. :-)

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward meeting everyone . This is my first time doing this .

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The larger the group the better for shy people. If you choose to just walk along and talk to no one, it's not weird or anything. If you get into a conversation that isn't clicking, it's nothing to just say 'nice to have met you' slow your pace and perhaps meet another person and perhaps not. This is the absolute perfect first time event....and the parking lot is a 'can't miss it' thing.

    April 29, 2013

  • Frank S.

    In Schaumburg (near Metra Station) willing to car pool.

    April 28, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    Sydeaka, you are right, the original hike was going to be a bit longer but as the hike proved to be way more popular than I anticipated, I moved the starting point just a little closer to the garden to have a bigger set of parking spots. We now meetup at the tower road boat launch. The whole hike will be about six miles including the black trail and the entrance road into the gardens. Hope to see you there.

    1 · April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great. I look forward to meeting you! Thanks!

      April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a little confused. If I'm reading the map correctly, the black trail is only 4.4 miles. Are we going around the black trail twice to make up the 9 miles, or are we going to continue onto another trail when we get back to the parking lot?

    April 28, 2013

  • Colleen

    Hi Lyle, great meeting you today at Arrowhead Lake. I just wanted to double check that the meeting place for next Saturday is still at the Tower Road boat Launch.

    April 28, 2013

  • Frank S.

    Events at the Chicago Botanic Garden for May 4th are as follows: African Violet Show & Sale and Central States Dahlia Society Sale
    Spring Garden Walk at 1PM.

    April 28, 2013

  • Deb

    Can't go - twisted my ankle! ugh!

    April 26, 2013

  • Damaris

    Looking forward to yet another great hike with great people

    2 · April 23, 2013

  • Frank S.

    Lunch at Chicago Botanic Garden is great.

    April 19, 2013

  • Victoria

    Looking forward to this hike.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    I now have a work conflict.was looking forward to this hike:(

    March 30, 2013

  • Lyle W.

    Ila,

    This will be a good starter hike. The trail is not very tough and halfway through we will be exploring the botanic garden. If the hike to the garden is too tough you will have ample opportunity to rest up before the hike back to the cars. Plus, with 100 or more fellow hikers you will have a great chance to meet other folks. Hope to see you there.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi!!! Im new to this ... I have never been a part of a meet up group before. Im anxious to see what is like ,however Im a little shy.
    I would love to be part of this hiking experience but i have done hiking only once because I have never found someone to go hiking with me(reason why Im joining here),would I be able to do this hiking? Or you guys think it would be too much for me because I dont have any experiece? Any suggestions?

    March 29, 2013

  • V. C.

    Work on Saturdays :(

    March 25, 2013

  • Ginfer. l.

    To Pat, I would love a ride to some of these events!

    March 4, 2013

  • Nina

    What a great idea, Lyle!

    March 4, 2013

  • Kevin

    Whoops, I forgot. Camping/Canoeing trip at Tippecanoe SP this weekend.

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Nina

      Kevin! !!!!!!!Come with us!

      March 4, 2013

  • Ginfer. l.

    I live in Lakeview with no car. Very anxious to join!

    March 3, 2013

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