- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Botanic Garden has seen a record number of visitors for the second consecutive year.

In a news release Tuesday, garden officials say they recorded an attendance of 1,058,000 in 2014. That was a 6 percent increase over 2013, which was the first year the garden topped 1 million visitors.

Sophia Shaw is president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden. She says the 385-acre property has become “a refuge” for a growing number of people in the Chicago area. Shaw credits expanded programming and amenities for the increase.

The Chicago Botanic Gardens is located in the Chicago suburb of Glencoe.

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