Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

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Several different climates are housed under one glass roof at Garfield Park Conservatory. Visit the six greenhouses to see plants from all over the world, including 200-year-old cycads, a type of plant with a woody trunk and large evergreen leaves. Tour the 1.8 hectare (4.5 acre) site on a guided tour to learn more about the history of the building and to gather specific information on the collections of plant species. The conservatory also offers a few different themed tours ("Tropical Treats" or "Behind-the-Scenes," for instance), but you'll need to register online ahead of time for one of these. Using our custom trip planner, Chicago attractions like Garfield Park Conservatory can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was so taken aback by Garfield Park. The conservatory is gorgeous and has a great playground for kids to run around during winter.  more »
  • This place is a fantastic place to visit, and there is no entrance fee! They suggest a donation, and that is tax deductible The green houses are absolutely beautiful and the holiday exhibit is unbelie...  more »
  • In the winter, this garden is wonderful, very graphically presents the vegetation of subtropics.
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  • Garfield park is a hidden world! Once you are there, you forget the weather, who is around you or which neighborhood you are in. Its magic! The different displays in the conservatory are definitely eye catching and well thought out. The various events offered by the conservatory show nothing but support for the natural life. Been there several times and love talking about what a hidden gem that place is!! And the best part is its also free!! Had our wedding reception there and it was as magical as I could have imagined. The nature surrounding, fresh air, covered and beautiful place was a huge success!!
  • We visited the conservatory on as bitterly cold day after Christmas. It was like paradise. One of my adult children claimed that it was one of his favorite places ever. The beautiful glass building is separated by theme and temperature/ humidity. There is a room for desert plants, one for food producing plants, a treehouse room for kids. Beautiful specimen plants, exquisitely well maintained. maintained. Free but donations welcomed.
  • A fantastic botanical garden in the heart of Chicago. Hosted inside a huge glass conservatory, the gardens are arranged according to the types of plants housed in each wing. An impressive array of desert succulents are a particular highlight. Other excellent features include the large koi pond decorated with intricate glass flowers (and a smaller fish pond under the roots of a mangrove tree), and the seasonal displays and arrangements. Well located and easy to access (step right off the green line on the elevated railway and right into the front door!).
  • Beautiful setting for meeting or event. Helpful staff and volunteers. Peaceful atmosphere among the many plant displays. Family-friendly. Open 365 days a year. Free admission, donations welcome. Nice gift shop. Ample parking, wheelchair ramp from parking lot. Accessible to public transportation.
  • A lovely way to spend a cold winters day! The displays are gorgeous.. They out do themselves putting together such a beautiful display annually. Easy to spend a few hours. Many different options to accommodate all ages..

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