|Chicago Botanic Garden
The Garden (comprising more than 20 individual gardens) is a joint project. The Cook County Forest Preserve turned the land over to the Horticultural Society in 1965, creating a major public-private partnership. Planting began in 1972, and the Garden opened to the public later that year. Its choice of exhibits makes the Chicago Botanic Garden an archetypal Chicago institution: while preserving a peculiarly Midwestern flavor, it has also featured plant life from environs as far and diverse as Russia and Japan. Though located in the suburbs, the Garden is accessible by Metra; it served nearly 900,000 visitors in 1998.
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