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Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • This is the perfect place to come for some peace and plants in the middle of winter. It's good all year round, but especially treasured in winter. I love the tropical room with the birds and fish! If ...  read more »
  • Small conservatory, we had an interesting docent walk our group around explaining all the plants and the new section for children to play in. Worth a visit if you are in the area! Stop and say hello t...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great place to relax and read a book, I went on a Monday afternoon and it was really quiet. No admission fee, but donations welcomed.
  • I grew up in Oak Park, I remember how this place was so cool,,, even 40 years ago.... this is a gem, amongst gems. You can relax, and always learn something can see something different each time you visit.... plants are not stagnant. I LOVE the birds,, named George and Sarah...... I can spend hours just " talking" to these characters and they would love you to do so. I am so proud of my Dad who worked there as a volunteer until he was no longer able and Now, my Mom at 93 is still volunteering at this Wonderful place...... now there is a most wonderful gift shop and the place is just a beautiful place... do not miss the outside in the back..... the most amazing,, place... and it is still free..... what a blessing this place is ,,,,,and the people are a blessing also. This is written by Davids mother......
  • A timeless Oak Park treasure with a dedicated and helpful staff. Definitely worth a visit.
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