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Top garden recommendations from locals

Botanical Garden
“Free entrance, pay for car to enter. One of the top ten botanic gardens in the U.S. Absolutely stunning in any season. Definitely worth the trip!”
  • 60 locals recommend
Garden
“All of your guidebooks will tell you about the Bean, the Skydeck at Willis Tour and Wrigley Field. This is a real gem and completely off the radar. Either take an Uber or use the CTA trains. Please note the area surrounding is a tad rough.”
  • 123 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“www.meijergardens.org. Botanical Garden and outdoor sculpture park. DON'T MISS THE HUGE AMERICAN HORSE STATUE based on Da Vinci drawings! Ample parking available on site. Expansive 158 acres for walking/hiking, full of flowers and sculpture, historical Michigan Farm barn and garden area, new Japanese Garden with hiking all around the lake, trolley rides, outdoor concerts in the summer, children's water play and education area about the five Great Lakes, Indoor desert plants garden, souvenir store, indoor cafe, Tropical indoor garden, indoor spring Butterfly exhibit. About 15 minutes away.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Garden
“Botanical garden with thousands of plants, from tropical species to seasonal flowers, in a glass-domed structure.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Park
“The Wizard of OZ theme holds true with the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, and Toto statues. The park features such Oz-ified amenities as a playground called Dorothy’s Playlot and a volunteer green space known as The Emerald Gardens. Entrances are at intersections of W Webster & N Orchard (statue of Dorothy) and intersection of N Lincoln Ave, N Larrabee St., and W Webster (statue of the Tin Man).”
  • 42 locals recommend
Garden
“Great space to walk around especially in the Spring and Summer boasting flowers and a real, working windmill that grinds flour you can purchase.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Garden
“This library is so big, they named an el platform after it! Eight stories worth of books, electronic media, and events are just a few Pink Line stops away.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Garden
“Gorgeous indoor jungle worth a visit. Great for a rainy day activity. Conveniently located right off the Green Line.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Garden
“100 year old conservatory offers a great place for a picnic and area for kids to run around.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Check out their website for fun events and activities. These gardens are only 10 minutes or so from Greendale and they are surrounded by a massive nature park where you can go for long walks.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Garden
“The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Garden
“Only working windmill in the United States. Carousel. Lot of Dutch exhibits.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Garden
“This is the best garden in Elkhart. Free admission on Tuesday. Beauty beyond description with statues & water features. They often have events open to the public & private parties as well. wellfieldgardens.org”
  • 5 locals recommend
Garden
“Even if you're not a reader. This library is a great place to see and accessible by "L".”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Local veggies and artisanal foods (Saturdays, during the summer only) are only a 12 minute walk away. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
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“Cafe chain serving creative breakfast dishes & sandwiches in a cheery, contemporary atmosphere.”
  • 6 locals recommend