by Nathaniel Moore, copy editor
The Chicago Botanic Garden lies in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe. According to the garden’s website, its 385 acres hold over 2.5 million plants. It is situated across nine islands within the Forest Preserves of Cook County. In the site’s 27 gardens there is plenty of opportunity to lose yourself in nature to meditate, talk, or pray.
The Chicago Botanic Garden was opened in 1972 through the work of the Chicago Horticultural Society, the website states. It is one of only 17 public gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It has 50,000 members and sees over 1 million visitors annually.
The garden is open year-round from 8:00AM-7:00PM. It sustains various habitats that many bird species visit. Some even make it their home alongside other resident species.
Additional activities include a riverside café and special events such as shows featuring specific varieties of flowers, educational workshops, and story times for children.
Matthew Gupp, sophomore biblical studies major, used the garden as an idea for a creative date. He said that it was a wonderful opportunity to retreat from the city. He also mentioned that he was impressed by the information that was included with the displays.
Gupp said he would recommend a visit to other students because it enabled him to appreciate God’s handiwork in creation and the peace found therein. “I think there’s a lot to be said for true quietness,” he said.
“Students under Pressure,” an article published by the American Psychological Association, refers to a study conducted by the 2013 National College Health Assessment, which examined data from 125,000 students from more than 150 colleges and universities. They found that “about one-third of U.S. college students had difficulty functioning in the last 12 months due to depression, and almost half said they felt overwhelming anxiety in the last year.”
The Chicago Botanic Garden is situated next to highway 41 for easy access. It can also be reached by boarding Metra’s Union Pacific North line at the Ogilvie Transportation Center and traveling to the Braeside station. From there, it is a one-mile walk to the garden’s entrance.