Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

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#4 of 21 in Historic Sites in Chicago
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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  • August 11, 2017
    We spent a couple of hours here Sunday morning just as they opened. Not many people so very relaxing. My sister-in-law is a gardener and loved all the different plants. The conservatory is split into ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I love this place! It is so beautiful and peaceful. It is a great place to take photos and be photographed. The flowers and plants are incredible and there is always something new and amazing to see.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I have visited numerous conservatories and I would rank Garfield Park in the top five. It is a hidden gem on the west side of Chicago that is only a 20 minute ride on the green line from the Chicago l...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    Garfield Park Conservatory is such a gem. It's incredible to see all of the different plants they're able to grow. I learn something new every time I visit. The outdoor areas are just as neat as the indoor gardens- don't miss those, even if it's cold outside! Plus, they have free yoga every other Saturday and interesting programs year round.
  • June 13, 2017
    Wonderful place to go to get a way from the hustle of downtown for an hour or two. Beautiful collection of plants indoors and lovely outdoor spaces for when the weather is nice. So easy to get here - just take the Green Line "L" from downtown and get off at the Garfield stop. The conservatory is right next to the station. Also, it is FREE (although they do accept and appreciate donations).
  • June 14, 2017
    Great gem in Chicago! It's about a 20 minute train ride from the Loop and a great spot to check out if you're looking for a free activity. Beautiful plants and landscapes to walk through, plus they host neat events like Beer Under Glass. Definitely worth checking out.
  • March 26, 2017
    One of the most beautiful places in the city. The historic conservatory is wonderful especially during Chicago's cold winters. The changing display in the showroom is always outstanding, fun, and fresh, especially this past winters magic forest of floating firs. The outdoor spaces are just as beautiful too, but what's really great is the outdoor exploration/playspace for kids. It gives kids a unique opportunity to interact nature and learn. The indoor children's garden us, great too and features special programming on Monday mornings. Parking is easy and free in the secure lot next to the conservatory and the conservatory is also free, but does have a suggested donation.
  • June 25, 2017
    great place to go. all the plants are super well cared for, with a wide variety (ferns, cacti, children's area and more). plus the sensitive plant

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