Keep Growing 2020: The Ten-Year Strategic Plan
Chicago Botanic Garden

View the 2013 Annual Report

We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.

One million visitors in 2013

One million visitors in 2013!

We set an attendance milestone in 2013, welcoming more than one million visitors.

McCormick Place Rooftop Farm

Urban Agriculture

92,000 pounds of produce through Windy City Harvest

Scientist in the field

Conservation in Action

Impacting plants and their communities worldwide through science

Program Areas

Kris Jarantoski Campus

The Chicago Botanic Garden's ten-year strategic plan, "Keep Growing," was launched in 2009. The Keep Growing plan includes a $125 million capital and endowment initiative to enable the Garden to continue to engage, educate, and inspire, and to improve plant and ecosystem health close to home and around the world. So far, 55 percent of the $83.3 million capital goal has been raised, leaving $39 million still to be raised for our two most important projects, the Kris Jarantoski Campus and the Learning Campus. (... Read more

One million visitors

Since it opened to the public in 1972 on 385 acres, the Chicago Botanic Garden has grown to include 26 gardens and four natural areas amid 81 acres of lakes and waterways. This renowned living museum now has more than 2.6 million plants in its collection. These days the Garden is about much more than horticulture, though our curated collections and vibrant, ever-changing display gardens are the foundation of all we have been able to achieve since we opened to the public in 1972. The Garden is a recognized leader in... Read more

Scientist in the field

The Chicago Botanic Garden's plant biology and conservation science programs work to discover critically important knowledge and create practical land and water management tools and solutions to address the environmental challenges facing society. Since the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center opened in 2009, the Garden's research and conservation programs have expanded, allowing the Garden to pursue... Read more

Camp CBG

The Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden

For many children, learning about plants and engaging with nature begins at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Our littlest learners haven't yet started to walk; at the other end of the spectrum are students in our joint graduate program in plant biology and conservation with Northwestern University. Youngsters begin attending nature-based programs at the Garden as babies with caregivers, move into... Read more