Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

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Charitable Causes

Environmental Conservation
Physical & Earth Science Research
Vocational & Continuing Education

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Other Business & Consulting Services
Social Interest

Company Description

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. The Garden continues to strive to meet the lofty goals set more than a century ago. The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research. The 385-acre Garden features 26 display gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. HISTORY The Chicago Horticultural Society was founded in 1890. At its heart was the understanding that the city of Chicago was incorporated with the Latin words Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden." The Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows from its beginning. Information on the first show the new Society hosted is lost to history, but records archived at the Chicago Botanic Garden confirm the second show was held in the autumn of 1892 at the Regiment Armory, possibly at 1542 South Michigan Avenue, where a new armory opened in 1890. With two successful annual shows behind them, the Society next hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world’s fair in the autumn of 1893, at the newly built and just-opened Art Institute of Chicago. After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, modern history begins when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The mission encompasses three important components: collections, education, and research. In 2012, the Chicago Botanic Garden celebrated its 40th anniversary. In looking back over the Garden's growth since 1972, Garden staff, members, and visitors could appreciate the remarkable changes that had taken place. The 40th anniversary website included a timeline of significant events, historical photos, and opportunities for community members to share their experiences at the Garden

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President & Chief Executive Officer

Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration & Chief Financial Officer

Senior Director, Plant Science & Conservation

Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

Vice Chairman

Vice Chairman

Vice Chairman

Vice Chairman

Vice Chairman

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Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP provides legal services in areas such as corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, investment management, health care, real estate, environment and energy, employee benefits and executive compensation, commercial litigation, life insurance and annuities, insurance coverage, labor and employment, intellectual property, government and regulatory affairs, communications litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and private client services. The company was founded in 1849 and it is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

Key Stats and Financials As of 2019
Market Capitalization
Total Enterprise Value
Earnings Per Share
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
$3,000 - $6,999
$1 - $999
$1,000 - $2,999
Non-Profit Donations & Grants Received
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