Chicago Botanic Gardens
Linden Allee, Botanic Garden ©
A great place for families to unwind and relax with a picnic is the Chicago Botanic Gardens. With plenty of wide-open space for kids to run around, the Botanic Gardens is one of Chicago's most tranquil and beautiful attractions. During the summertime, the Rose Garden, where over 7,750 plants are in full and glorious bloom, is a joy to wander through. A number of greenhouses, including a gorgeous orchid collection, can be explored in the gardens. There are also children's programmes available during the summer, as well as numerous fun events and exhibitions. Check the official website listed below for more information.
Address: 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe
Opening times: Open daily from 8am to sunset.
Admission: Entrance is free, but there are parking fees.