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Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park

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Oak Park Conservatory is a conservatory and botanical garden located at 615 Garfield Street in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, United States. It is open daily with restricted hours; admission is free, but a donation is suggested.History and DevelopmentThe conservatory started in 1914, as a community effort to house exotic plants collected during residents' travels. Today's Edwardian-style glass structure was built in 1929, but fell into neglect until 1970, when a group of concerned citizens preserved it. Debate in the community had some suggesting the site would make "a perfect parking lot", but the volunteer actions of the Citizens Committee for the Conservatory saved it from that fate. In addition to its role supplying plants throughout the parks of Oak Park, the Conservatory's role was expanded to be a place to educate school children and gardeners. The structure was expanded in 2000. The conservatory now provides 8000sqft of growing areas, making it the third largest conservatory in the Chicago area, and contains more than 3,000 plants, some of which date back to 1914. The Oak Park Conservatory was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on March 8, 2005.Major collectionsThe desert collection includes three cactus groups, plus succulents including Agave, Crassula, succulent euphorbias, Gasteria, Haworthia, and Kalanchoe. Woody plants in this room include olive, etrog, fig, date palm, bay, and pomegranate.
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  • I've been to almost all of the Chicagoland conservatories, and this one has a few things the others don't. The parrots in the main room are super entertaining and a fun surprise. This is a quick trip,...  more »
  • This isn't a place to make a special trip to see unless you're visiting Oak Park specifically. It's pretty small and basically entertainment for small children. They have events here and there for loc...  more »
  • This is one of our favorite places in Oak Park--and also a favorite of our kids. Lots of interesting plants, cool birds, outdoor sections, and activities for the kids. Just off the Blue Line, next to ...  more »
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  • Great place to get information on caring for your garden. We also love their annual spring plant sale which we use to fill our garden with new plants each year.
  • I love coming here it's such a beautiful place. It's relatively tranquil, but the blue line that runs beside it kinda disrupts the peaceful feeling.
  • It is beautiful and well loved The groundskeepers and everyone who works here puts a lot of their tender effort to keep the place running and insure comfortability There is a strange sensation in that the highway runs next to it and the blue line El runs past it Despite the tranquility it exudes there is a contradictory feel to the cars and motor cycles that are quite audible Almost reminds me of the movie "Silent Running" in that you have nature and modern inventions juxtaposed in an awkward fashion
  • Love coming here to see the birds! Such a great property, both inside an out. It's also across the street from a large (and awesome) park.
  • Gente amigable trabaja aqui, un lugar muy pacĂ­fico, educativo y recreational para cualquier edad