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Chicago Botanic Garden/HallowFest Fieldtrip

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  • Chicago Botanic Gardens

    1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL (map)

    42.152408 -87.785081

  • If you would like to spend a day exploring gardens, admiring landscapes worthy of movie sets, then afterwards let your inner child loose for an evening of Halloween themed activities, join in for a fieldtrip to the Chicago Botanic Garden!

    We will meet infront of the Visitor Center at 10 am. There are two main tours we will be taking. Then we will have lunch at the Garden Café.

    Prices Per Tour

                Members    Nonmembers
    Adults       $5               $6
    Seniors     $4               $5
    Children    $3               $4

    From 4PM to 7PM The Chicago Botanic Garden will be celebrating HallowFest by hosting a variety of family friendly activities and exhibitions. Including fortunetelling, magic shows, carved pumpkin gallery, facepainting, treats, and more.

    Costumes are encouraged.

    HallowFest Ticket Information
                                                    Member           Non-member
    In advance
    (purchased on or before 10/25)      $14                    $19

    (purchased on or after 10/26)        $17                    $22

    Children 2 and under are free.
    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    For more detailed information about the events you can go to:

    For advance ticket purchasing you can go to:

    Entrance to the garden is free, however, parking has a fee so maybe some would like to take that into consideration.

    Any questions or comments are welcome. You may contact me through meetup messaging.

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  • J1

    Given the response received so far I've decided to cancel the event for tomorrow. If anyone made plans on their own to go to the garden I encourage you to still go and enjoy the festivities.

    Perhaps in a couple of seasons, with warmer weather, more of us will find the motivation to go spend a day out in the open.

    October 26, 2013

  • Patricia J.

    If anyone is into slow travel, doesn't have a car and don't mind public transportation, I'd suggest considering taking the very nice, 44-minute Metra train ride (Union Pacific North Line) to the Braeside station (not the Glencoe stop which says Chicago Botanic Garden -well, unless the CBG trolley is there- you may want to call CBG and check for details in advance). Walk about 20 minutes downhill to CBG's entrance. About two long blocks with a nice size sidewalk - on one side.

    It's often cheaper at $7-8 to get a weekend pass at the train station or the $4-5 for a one-way ticket. The passes are much more per person if you get them on the train. It's pretty popular with kids it seems. I often see families with children getting off the train and walking down to CBG. Bikes are allowed on the train and at CBG. Very comfortable.

    Getting there and away: the train schedule is found at RTA's website:

    Happy Hollow's Eve and All Saints Day.

    October 18, 2013

    • J1

      I appreciate your post, Patricia. In addition, I can confirm that the Trolley service runs on Sundays from May 12 to September 1 according to the CBG website.

      October 20, 2013


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