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My friends at the Chicago Botanic Garden are on the verge of a major milestone. For the first time in their 41-year history, they may reach 1 Million Visitors for the year. They’re so close, that in order to give it a bump, they’re offering $10 parking through December 31 (normally $25), and admission is free as always. There’s a lot of winter goodness to explore.

“At this time of the year the Garden is aglow with 750,000 outdoor lights, a 40-foot fir tree and the always-beautiful Wonderland Express indoor train exhibition that makes its way through Chicago landmarks made from natural materials. We are grateful to our members and visitors to be in a position of reaching one million visits for the first time and are thrilled to share in the excitement to achieve this major milestone.”Harriet Resnick, Vice President of Visitor Experience.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, IL. To read about our summer visit to the Botanic Garden, check out this feature, right here on The Rock Father.

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