Lake County, Illinois, CVB - Flowers, Francesca's, Feathers & Fur

Flowers, Francesca's, Feathers & Fur

An active daytrip to the Chicago Botanic Garden, lunch at Francesca's and to the Wildlife Discovery Center.

This would make for a wonderful intergenerational or educational tour!

Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe
Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL

Your morning starts off with a visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Experience the Garden's 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection and Model Railroad Garden. Your active clients will want to explore the gardens on their own and others may schedule to take the Grand Tram tour that is on the perimeter of the garden. Smaller groups can take the intimate Bright Encounters Tram tour.  

Francesca's Intimo in Lake Forest, ILFrancesca's Intimo in Lake Forest, IL


Your group lunch at Francesca's Intimo in Lake Forest provides good rustic cooking in a warm environment. The menu features the zesty earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. 

Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, ILWildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, IL

Your afternoon tour is at the Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest.  WDC is a living natural history museum and one of the region’s unique hidden gems.  It is a place of learning and wonder, where people of all ages can explore the important concepts of wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship in an intimate setting. The learning journey brings visitors face-to-face with a variety of (many of them rescued) reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Set on Elawa Farm, which is one of the Armour family’s properties, you will also learn of its history starting as a gentlemen’s farm.   We suggest that you schedule your tour on a day when they have the Garden Market to partake of fresh produce, flowers and homemade soups and breads. 

Lambs Farm's Butter Cookies
Lambs Farm's butter cookies in Libertyville, IL

Should you wish to schedule a sweet stop on the way home, both Lambs Farm (famous butter cookies and more) and the Popcorn Factory Store are 10 minutes away. 

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