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Garfield Park Conservatory

Garden · East Garfield Park
300 N Central Park Ave (at Lake St), Chicago, IL 60624, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Tue, Thu–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 9:00 AM–8:00 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)
    Explore Chicago
    "free admission conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres"(2 Tips)
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  • flowers
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  • fern room
  • gardens
  • fresh air
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • Diego R.
    A quiet escape from the bustle of city life, and, in the winter time, a place to go imagine you live in the jungle instead of the frozen tundra. Read more
    Diego Rufo · March 28, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dora
    Up on the mezzanine, kids can help pollinate the largest flower in the room before taking a ride down the twirling stem of a green slide.Powered by Read more
    Dora · June 30, 2010
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • Carmen Georgescu
    The Desert House is hidden at the back and worth searching for
    Carmen Georgescu · December 31, 2015
  • Synthia N.
    WONDERFUL - quiet, lovely and free! although donations are appreciated. you don't even have to pay for parking.
    Synthia Noble · July 28, 2009
  • Tiffany
    Free entry! Great place to just walk around and kill time. Take advantage of the green field in the backyard!
    Tiffany · October 2, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • 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
  • Ngonzi C.
    Visit Inspiration Kitchen while you are here. $11 entrees (catfish, short ribs, duck & peach cobbler)
    Ngonzi Crushshon · April 15, 2012
  • Ian E.
    Absolutely amazing. Especially since it's super close to the green line.
    Ian Eichelberg · March 7, 2015
  • 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
  • Dana J.
    Gorgeous, enormous, and featuring really diverse plant life.
    Dana Jensen · May 30, 2015
  • Andy H.
    It's very busy on winter weekends. If u can, go during the week.
    Andy Holck · January 25, 2010
  • 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
  • Andy S.
    Check out the walking meditation labyrinth on the south lawn.
    Andy Swindler · December 12, 2015
  • Jake S.
    Don't miss the Scheelea Palm, which has been growing since 1926! It's huge!
    Jake Smith · September 5, 2012
  • Jenn C.
    One of the most beautiful places in the city. Hands down!
    Jenn Cotton · April 12, 2015
  • Shivam S.
    Really peaceful place, would highly recommend it.
    Shivam Shah · February 20
  • Christine T.
    Absolutely beautiful. A must see!
    Christine T. · July 12, 2015
  • Lina G.
    Recondition your dry winter lungs with a stroll thru the moist humid air. Great day trip!
    Lina Gonzo · September 24, 2012
  • Mikal S.
    All of Garfield Park deserves attention. It's beautiful here.
    Mikal S. · September 9, 2011
  • Chad B.
    Enjoy some time on the back terrace on a warm day.
    Chad Bell · April 15
  • Dye N W.
    been coming here for over 20 years, very relaxing
    Dye N Wave · February 4, 2010
  • Anne B.
    What a beautiful spot! Definitely a Chicago gem.
    Anne B. · January 5, 2015
  • Sam S.
    Such a beautiful place to take photographs and breathe in some fresh air.
    Sam Svita · April 8, 2015
  • Sonja K.
    A lush green oasis that is always free.
    Sonja Kruitwagen · September 13, 2012
  • Joann T.
    Such a beautiful and relaxing place
    Joann Tenev · March 10, 2013
  • Eric W.
    Great place to visit or get married at. I do.
    Eric Wettstein · July 20, 2012
  • Danielle
    This place is beautiful!!!
    Danielle · July 22, 2015
  • William L.
    Dark Shadow-ME//We'LL SEE!
    William Landfaire · October 1, 2012
  • Nicholle D.
    I would make my intern do this
    Nicholle Dombrowski · January 15, 2014
  • George
    Its free PLUS parking!!! :-)
    George · April 7, 2015
  • Liliana S.
    Love love love the conservatoryA
    Liliana S · February 24, 2013
  • Amanda
    Best Free Activities according to
    Amanda · 1 week ago
  • Christopher J.
    Great wintertime escape
    Christopher Jamerson · February 17, 2015
  • John I.
    Great location for wedding reception
    John Ickes · August 2, 2013
  • Mark P.
    Great way to spend a winter's day.
    Mark Pradzinski · February 22, 2015
  • Nicholle D.
    Surprise in fountain
    Nicholle Dombrowski · January 15, 2014
  •  Deon P.
    Blow your mind at peace!
     Deon Parcon · March 4, 2012
  • Deb O.
    Flower show smells like spring!
    Deb Oestreicher · February 16, 2010

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