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Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago
(4.6/5 based on 460+ 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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  • A bit out of the way, but the train station is right there. Otherwise, take a Lyft out to it! Very nice conservatory with an absolutely breathtaking fern, early landscape room 
  • The conservatory is so good...a free gem a short train ride from the city. The atmosphere inside is necessarily humid, but well worth the experience. There are lots of outside areas to cool off. Got t...  more »
  • Very nice place to walk through, with gorgeous plants and flowers and a nice warm place to escape the cool wind outside. The succulent / cactus collection is pretty impressive. Otherwise, just your ba...  more »
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  • This conservatory is so wonderful. We go often, they are always changing displays with seasons. There is a free parking lot right next to the conservatory. If you've never been you could easily spend several hours admiring all the different plants. Check their website, they have quite a few special events and family activities on the weekends. They host yoga every other weekend it's a great experience.
  • Absolutely beautiful. A great place to learn about plants, go on a romantic walk, or zen out. The staff here do an amazing job of cultivating and maintaining whole ecosystems from deserts to jungles. You won't believe it till you see it.
  • AMAZING, beautiful, awesome. WE originally came there and played pokemon go, the place is a charmander nest, caught 6 charmander within an hour. Beautiful scenery
  • One of the best free activities in the city. The conservatory is huge and stunningly beautiful. A great place to bring visitors to the city or to go with kids.
  • I was amazed at this place. Free parking and free to get in. BUT PLEASE DONATE!! This beauty comes at a cost. I came for the Pokemon, stayed for the view of spectacular plant life.