As much as I love working and living in Chicago, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the city and get away to spend a day reconnecting with nature.
This past weekend, Mando and I spent a weekday up in Glencoe, meandering through the Chicago Botanic Garden. We quite literally stopped to smell the roses, wasting away an afternoon strolling through the foliage, sitting pondside and sipping citrusy Oberon beneath a canopy of tree leaves at the beer garden on the Rose Terrace.
Mando is quite the photographer, and since I’ve been eager to soak up some of his talent, he brought along his camera and a bevy of lenses and gave me a few quick pointers throughout the day.
I feel like I’ve still got a long way to go — I couldn’t get a single flying bird in focus — but I think I made out OK with some of my floral shots.
One more quick note: Admission to the garden is entirely free, but parking cost will vary depending on membership, residency and the time of visit.
Pro tip: If you bike it, it’s completely free.
I honestly didn’t realize the enormity of the garden until after we left, when I looked at a map and realized we had really only glimpsed a small corner of the offerings. I’m really upset I didn’t think to check out the Japanese Garden, or the greenhouses!
But, the parts we did see were delightful. The rose and crescent gardens were so fragrant, and while I’m a little disappointed I didn’t get a chance to see the butterfly garden, I was thrilled to find there was a small artist market going on the day we arrived.
And, there was a wedding! We didn’t crash it, but had a lovely time people watching while indulging on the Rose Terrace.
I’m already excited to go back earlier next year, so I can see some of the seasonal flowers in bloom that I missed by mere weeks this July.
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Floral photos by me, all other photos by Armando L. Sanchez.
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