CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
Located in the northern suburb of Glencoe about 20 miles outside Chicago, this sprawling park boasts 385 acres of landscaped hills, lakes, indoor and specialty gardens and nature trails. The Garden Cafe offers light meals and snacks. Park open daily 8 am-7 pm.
Free; parking $25. www.chicagobotanic.org 1000 Lake Cook Rd., half-mile east of Edens Expressway, Glencoe, 847.835.5440.