GLENCOE – The Chicago Botanic Garden was closed on Friday, July 14 due to flooding from the mid-week storm, but it is expected to open on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Please note that the parking lots have fewer spaces, due to the flooding and its impact.
On Friday all camps and classes were cancelled, and the following were cancelled or closed due to the flooding:
- Rose Terrace Beer Garden
- Grand Tram
- Cactus and Succulent Society of Greater Chicago Show and Sale
- Regenstein Learning Campus & Malott Japanese Garden Family Drop-ins
- Regenstein Learning Campus, including Butterflies & Blooms, Kleinman Family Cove, and the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden
Record rainfalls have fallen recently over much of Lake County, including the watershed of the Skokie River, which flows through the Garden. The resultant high water levels in the river have led to the flooding of entry and exit roads, garden bridges, pathways, and parking areas, making them unsafe for visitor passage.
Few longterm impacts are expected to the Garden’s collection of 2.6 million plants. The Garden’s waterways were intentionally designed to provide flood control benefits for downstream communities, and over the past few days the Garden has temporarily stored over 100 million gallons of floodwater.
Submitted by the Chicago Botanic Garden