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Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

Categories: Gardens, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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. Take a look at our Chicago vacation planner to schedule your visit to Garfield Park Conservatory and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Not that many flowers to see at this time of the year. But still i had a great time! In my opinion, fern room and the children's garden are the best! 
  • Wonderful place to visit year round but especially in winter when the cold and gray has gotten you down. Gorgeous plant life in diverse gardens, and FREE! 
  • We came here for our wedding pictures and we had a great experience! The grounds are well kept and it made the perfect backdrop to our winter wedding. We had snow at the end of November and getting to...  read more »
  • It's free and awesome! Totally worth $5, but no it's free instead. The conservatory is basically a bunch of exotic plants that aren't native to Chicago, but are really cool to see in person anyway. They have a gift shop with some cool gifts for kids, as well as some decent looking grab-and-go sandwiches. It's not even a block away from the Green Line CTA stop, so if you live in Chicago and have kids, you should definitely check this out.
  • My absolute favorite Chicago park district offering. Open year round, free, and absolutely soothing. This is hands down the best winter therapy you can get in Chicago.
  • 9 Pokestops, 2 gyms, and both squirtle and poliwhirl can be caught here. 5/5
  • This place is almost too good to be true. They don't charge admission but there is a donation box - please throw in at least five dollars, it's well worth it. If you like flowers or gardening you must go here. There are things for kids and adults of all ages. Tropical plants, desert plants, vegetable gardens, flower gardens, bee hives, carnivorous plants, a pond with turtles and fish. It's truly amazing, you will be inspired
  • This place is so lovely anytime of year. It's nice to feel a bit of the outdoors, even when it's -30 and snowing outside! When the weather is nicer, it is surrounded by parks, and has a lovely children's garden outside. Inside, there's a slide for the young ones, and the pond has a couple of axolotl - which is a huge hit in our family!
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