EIN 36-2225482

Chicago Botanic Garden

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The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum situated on nine islands featuring 27 display gardens and surrounded by four natural areas.
Also known as...
Chicago Horticultural Society Chicago Botanic Garden
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Program areas at Chicago Botanic Garden

Horticultural programs - the Garden comprises 385 acres, including 81 acres of lakes and waterways, a 15 acre Illinois prairie, and 100 acres of native woodlands. There are 27 display gardens representing unique designs, such as the english walled Garden, the japanese Garden, and the fruit and vegetable island. In 2022, the plant collection of the Garden totals 2,782,237 living plants. The total number of active accessions (accession records) is 28,202 with the taxa in the permanent collections numbering 14,467. A total of 253 families are represented. The plant collections department at the Garden oversees the acquisition of plants and seeds from nurseries, arboreta, Botanic gardens, plant breeding programs, and collecting expeditions to many foreign countries.
Visitor services: 1,171,000 people visited the Garden in 2022, from throughout the Chicago area, the midwest, the nation and the world. The Garden features a wide variety of indoor and outdoor events, activities, programming and exhibitions.the Garden also hosts dozens of flower shows and sales, and is the site of educational programming for visitors of all ages and weekend family classes
Plant conservation - the Garden is recognized as an important player in international plant conservation and a leader in ornamental plant development. Its plant breeding, evaluation, and introduction efforts are creating new and improved plants for midwest gardens, and its division of plant science and conservation is working on the most pressing environmental issues of our time, including invasiveness, loss of plant species biodiversity, and habitat conservation
Educational programs - through the joseph regenstein, jr. school of the Chicago Botanic Garden and a variety of educational and community outreach programs, the Garden seeks to become the nation's preeminent teaching Garden, with programming for students of all ages, including camp cbg (for ages 2-12), nature preschool, and science first, windy city harvest youth farm, and college first (for middle and high school students). College students and post-graduates participate in various intern programs, some in partnership with area universities. Finally, hundreds of classes, workshops, symposia, and eleven professional certificate programs are available through the joseph regenstein, jr. school. Each year approximately 150,000 are reached through these programs.

Grants made by Chicago Botanic Garden

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Vote Yes for Clean Air Clean WaterContribution To Support Ballot Initiative$120,000

Who funds Chicago Botanic Garden

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Negaunee FoundationRestricted Use$2,400,000
National Philanthropic TrustEnvironment, Animals$2,030,450
Malott Family FoundationCommunity$1,300,000
...and 266 more grants received totalling $12,111,376

Personnel at Chicago Botanic Garden

Jean M FranczykPresident and Chief Executive Officer$474,224
Paul P RafacExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer$312,451
Ivan A AdamsChief Development Officer$78,555
Kayri HavensSenior Director , Plant Science and Conservation$167,241
Steven J GavinVice Chair / Board Member$0
...and 15 more key personnel

Financials for Chicago Botanic Garden

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$34,829,423
Program services$20,987,387
Investment income and dividends$875,943
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$1,397
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$20,385,917
Net income from fundraising events$-22,332
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$77,057,735

Form 990s for Chicago Botanic Garden

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-15990View PDF
2021-122022-11-15990View PDF
2020-122021-11-15990View PDF
2019-122021-04-01990View PDF
2018-122019-12-06990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlanta, GA$57,743,979
And Sculpture ParkGrand Rapids, MI$29,123,532
Brooklyn Botanic Garden CorporationBrooklyn, NY$27,136,057
American Museum of Natural HistoryNew York, NY$228,285,796
Data update history
January 23, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 7 new personnel
January 22, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 56 new grant, including a grant for $2,400,000 from Negaunee Foundation
January 2, 2024
Used new vendors
Identified 3 new vendors, including , , and
October 26, 2023
Received grants
Identified 30 new grant, including a grant for $1,100,000 from Rice Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Horticultural organizationsMuseumsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
HealthArts, cultural, and humanitiesEnvironmentDiseases and disorders
MembershipsLobbyingFundraising eventsOperates internationallyReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
1000 Lake Cook Rd
Glencoe, IL 60022
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Cook County, IL
Website URL
(847) 835-5440
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C41: Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, and Botanical Organizations
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
Parent/child status
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