Chicago Park District

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garden · East Garfield Park
300 N Central Park Ave (at Lake St), Chicago, IL 60624, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–4:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
    • 3:00 PM–4:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–7:00 PM

As one of the largest conservatories in the nation occupying 4.5 acres, the facility was designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. Thousands of plant species are on display throughout its eight rooms and magnificent outdoor floral gardens.


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    venessa t.
    "amazing oasis in the city"(4 Tips)
    Deandra T.
    "Still under renovation, didn't get to see the Fern Room."(3 Tips)
    Dana J.
    "Gorgeous, enormous, and featuring really diverse plant life."(2 Tips)
    Chicago Parks
    "Garfield Park Conservatory on Sat."(2 Tips)
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  • flowers
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  • plant life
  • park conservatory on sat
  • gardens
  • quiet
  • fresh air
  • beer
  • spa treatments
  • hidden gem
  • picnics
  • playground
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  • photography
  • free parking
  • ponds
  • backyard
  • slides
  • Tiffany

    Free entry! Great place to just walk around and kill time. Take advantage of the green field in the backyard!

    Tiffany · October 2
  • Jonathan F.

    This is an unexpected oasis so close to the highway and public transit. It is worth a visit for a stroll, especially because it's free and there's free parking in their lot.

    Jonathan Ferrera · September 25
  • Jamie P.

    A hidden gem in the city and it's free (free parking too!). Giant green house with a lot of plants and a huge back yard with a pond.

    Jamie Pitman · July 27
  • Danielle

    This place is beautiful!!!

    Danielle · July 22
  • Christine T.

    Absolutely beautiful. A must see!

  • Dana J.

    Gorgeous, enormous, and featuring really diverse plant life.

    Dana Jensen · May 30
  • Jenn C.

    One of the most beautiful places in the city. Hands down!

    Jenn Cotton · April 12
  • Sam S.

    Such a beautiful place to take photographs and breathe in some fresh air.

    Sam Svita · April 8
  • George

    Its free PLUS parking!!! :-)

    George · April 7
  • Joseph B.

    A lovely display, but you can see everything within an hour. I'll go back when the renovations are done.

    Joseph Blewitt · March 16
  • Ian E.

    Absolutely amazing. Especially since it's super close to the green line.

    Ian Eichelberg · March 7
  • Mark P.

    Great way to spend a winter's day.

    Mark Pradzinski · February 22
  • Christopher J.

    Great wintertime escape

    Christopher Jamerson · February 17
  • Deandra T.

    Still under renovation, didn't get to see the Fern Room. Still, it was an enjoyable trip! Easy to get there from downtown Chicago.

    Deandra Tan · February 10
  • Chicagoist

    Nothing more refreshing than a mid-winter stroll through the verdant houses of the Garfield Park Conservatory. You don’t need to know a bit of botany to appreciate the playful patterns here. Read more

    Chicagoist · January 27
  • Anne B.

    What a beautiful spot! Definitely a Chicago gem.

    Anne B. · January 5
  • Abby B.

    Free entry, donation suggested. One of my favorite places in the city. The back garden and pond are the highlight. Urban oasis.

    Abby Brown · September 22, 2014
  • Chelsea S.

    a lovely gem right in the middle of the west side. relaxing, loved seeing the urban garden outside!

    Chelsea Stephens · September 14, 2014
  • Chicago Park District

    Pardon the dust as go get "back to glass!" We are renovating a few of the rooms damaged from the 2011 hail storm! The Conservatory is still open! For more information:

    Chicago Park District · March 13, 2014
  • Nicholle D.

    I would make my intern do this

    Nicholle Dombrowski · January 15, 2014
  • Nicholle D.

    Surprise in fountain

    Nicholle Dombrowski · January 15, 2014
  • Lina G.

    This is a great Chicago Winter destination. You can take a beautiful stroll through the gardens and give your lungs a much needed spa treatment of warm fragrant moist air.

    Lina Gonzo · October 14, 2013
  • John I.

    Great location for wedding reception

    John Ickes · August 2, 2013
  • Gwen Barnes R.

    If you're interested in beekeeping or vermicomposting their classes are a great way to start.

    Gwen Barnes Robinson · April 27, 2013
  • Joann T.

    Such a beautiful and relaxing place

    Joann Tenev · March 10, 2013
  • Liliana S.

    Love love love the conservatoryA

    Liliana S · February 24, 2013
  • Lady TMarie H.

    Watch out for running children if your a photographer trying to shoot on a Saturday. The little people are small and very fast

    Lady TMarie H. · February 16, 2013
  • William L.

    Dark Shadow-ME//We'LL SEE!

    William Landfaire · October 1, 2012
  • Lina G.

    Recondition your dry winter lungs with a stroll thru the moist humid air. Great day trip!

    Lina Gonzo · September 24, 2012
  • Sonja K.

    A lush green oasis that is always free.

    Sonja Kruitwagen · September 13, 2012
  • Jake S.

    Don't miss the Scheelea Palm, which has been growing since 1926! It's huge!

    Jake Smith · September 5, 2012
  • Jesús I.

    I can never get enough of the Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica)..also, brown paper a lunch, head towards the garden and enjoy!

    Jesús Ibarra · August 23, 2012
  • Eric W.

    Great place to visit or get married at. I do.

    Eric Wettstein · July 20, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago Kids

    The Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden at Garfield Park Conservatory is nominated for Best Brush with Nature in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!

    Time Out Chicago Kids · July 2, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    One of Chicago's more prominent parks, Garfield Park offers facilities for boxing, basketball, tennis and swimming and also has a playground, fitness center, and paths for jogging and biking. -RW Read more

    Time Out Chicago · May 23, 2012
  • Ngonzi C.

    Visit Inspiration Kitchen while you are here. $11 entrees (catfish, short ribs, duck & peach cobbler)

    Ngonzi Crushshon · April 15, 2012
  • Ngonzi C.

    While you are here, stop by Inspiration Kitchen for a meal or a tour! $11 entrees (catfish, short ribs, duck, & peach cobbler) ;-)

    Ngonzi Crushshon · April 15, 2012
  • Chicago Park District

    Kick off the growing season with the 20th Annual Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on Sat. April 28 from 11am - 4pm. Free admission!

    Chicago Park District · April 2, 2012
  •  Deon P.

    Blow your mind at peace!

     Deon Parcon · March 4, 2012
  • Chicago Park District

    Fleurotica hits the runway on Fri., March 23 at Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph. Get your pre-sale tickets before 2/14!

    Chicago Park District · January 30, 2012
  • Chicago Park District

    All rooms are officially open! Come check it out. Pardon our dust though - work still continues as we work to rebuild the facility. To see how you can help, go to

    Chicago Park District · January 24, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    As the city’s horticulture haven continues rebuilding due to hail damage sustained last June, the temperature hovers at a humid 75 degrees in the mighty jungles of the open Palm and Fern rooms. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · January 20, 2012
  • venessa t.

    Always free, this facility is an amazing oasis in the city, especially on cold winter days. Their seasonal displays are amazing and the fern room is a child's dream. The kids garden is underwhelming.

    venessa tarbell · November 17, 2011
  • Green is Universal

    While you're here grab a picnic at Inspiration Kitchen across the street. This social enterprise employs disadvantaged people and teaches them skills for the hospitality industry.

    Green is Universal · November 15, 2011
  • Darren C.

    Entrance is free but a donation is asked at times. Either way, it's a great place to go -- indoors and out-- to take in some beautiful and exotic plant life. I love this place in the winter!

    Darren Calhoun · October 22, 2011
  • Chicago Parks

    Help rescue a homeless plant & take home a piece of living history from the Garfield Park Conservatory on Sat., Oct. 22 from 9am - 2pm for the Plant Rescue Sale. For more info call 773-638-1766.

    Chicago Parks · October 14, 2011
  • Explore Chicago

    Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the free admission conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out, where thousands of plant species are on display. Read more

    Explore Chicago · September 14, 2011
  • Mikal S.

    All of Garfield Park deserves attention. It's beautiful here.

    Mikal S. · September 9, 2011
  • Toddling Around Chicagoland

    Dress yourself & the kids in layers; some of the rooms are very hot & humid while others are cool.

    Toddling Around Chicagoland · September 1, 2011
  • Ariana V.

    Wonderful outing for a rainy day! Or any day. My baby was fascinated by all the plants and flowers. Very convenient via Green Line train.

    Ariana Vilcins · May 7, 2011

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