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Garfield Park Conservatory

East Garfield Park, Chicago
  • The experts at Explore Chicago and Time Out Chicago recommend this place
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    • Time Out Chicago
  • 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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  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 23, 2012
    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
  • Darren C.
    Darren CalhounOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    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.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 25, 2015
    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.
  • Micah P.
    Micah PfeifferAugust 1, 2016
    Everything is good here. This is an amazing treasure on the west side. A beautiful and historic treasure that should be cherished by all.
  • Chicago Park District
    Chicago Park DistrictJanuary 24, 2012
    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
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 14, 2013
    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.
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie PitmanJuly 27, 2015
    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.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoSeptember 14, 2011
    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
  • Abby B.
    Abby BrownSeptember 22, 2014
    Free entry, donation suggested. One of my favorite places in the city. The back garden and pond are the highlight. Urban oasis.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 28, 2011
    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
  • Jesús I.
    Jesús IbarraAugust 23, 2012
    I can never get enough of the Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica)..also, brown paper a lunch, head towards the garden and enjoy!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 20, 2012
    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
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph BlewittMarch 16, 2015
    A lovely display, but you can see everything within an hour. I'll go back when the renovations are done.
  • Carmen
    CarmenDecember 31, 2015
    The Desert House is hidden at the back and worth searching for
  • Chicago Park District
    Chicago Park DistrictMarch 13, 2014
    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:
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJanuary 27, 2015
    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
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyOctober 2, 2015
    Free entry! Great place to just walk around and kill time. Take advantage of the green field in the backyard!
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CottonApril 12, 2015
    One of the most beautiful places in the city. Hands down!
  • Ariana V.
    Ariana VilcinsMay 7, 2011
    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.
  • Deandra T.
    Deandra TanFebruary 10, 2015
    Still under renovation, didn't get to see the Fern Room. Still, it was an enjoyable trip! Easy to get there from downtown Chicago.
  • Green is Universal
    Green is UniversalNovember 15, 2011
    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.
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea StephensSeptember 14, 2014
    a lovely gem right in the middle of the west side. relaxing, loved seeing the urban garden outside!
  • Toddling Around Chicagoland
    Dress yourself & the kids in layers; some of the rooms are very hot & humid while others are cool.
  • 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!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 5, 2012
    Don't miss the Scheelea Palm, which has been growing since 1926! It's huge!
  • Ian E.
    Ian EichelbergMarch 7, 2015
    Absolutely amazing. Especially since it's super close to the green line.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SwindlerDecember 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the walking meditation labyrinth on the south lawn.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenMay 30, 2015
    Gorgeous, enormous, and featuring really diverse plant life.
  • Gwen Barnes R.
    Gwen Barnes RobinsonApril 27, 2013
    If you're interested in beekeeping or vermicomposting their classes are a great way to start.
  • Chicago Park District
    Chicago Park DistrictJanuary 30, 2012
    Fleurotica hits the runway on Fri., March 23 at Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph. Get your pre-sale tickets before 2/14!
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    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
  • 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!
  • Christine T.
    Christine T.July 12, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful. A must see!
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoSeptember 24, 2012
    Recondition your dry winter lungs with a stroll thru the moist humid air. Great day trip!
  • Shivam S.
    Shivam ShahFebruary 20, 2016
    Really peaceful place, would highly recommend it.
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.January 5, 2015
    What a beautiful spot! Definitely a Chicago gem.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SvitaApril 8, 2015
    Such a beautiful place to take photographs and breathe in some fresh air.
  • Symba H.
    Symba HerreraNovember 29, 2016
    Love This Place. Had a Awesome Time WithThe Family.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BellApril 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy some time on the back terrace on a warm day.
  • Debbie W.
    Debbie WillJanuary 5
    Last week for the Fraser Fir exhibition.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WettsteinJuly 20, 2012
    Great place to visit or get married at. I do.
  • Lady TMarie H.
    Lady TMarie H.February 16, 2013
    Watch out for running children if your a photographer trying to shoot on a Saturday. The little people are small and very fast
  • Sonja K.
    Sonja KruitwagenSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A lush green oasis that is always free.
  • Joann T.
    Joann TenevMarch 10, 2013
    Such a beautiful and relaxing place
  • Mikal S.
    Mikal S.September 9, 2011
    All of Garfield Park deserves attention. It's beautiful here.
  • Synthia N.
    Synthia NobleJuly 28, 2009
    WONDERFUL - quiet, lovely and free! although donations are appreciated. you don't even have to pay for parking.
  • Danielle
    DanielleJuly 22, 2015
    This place is beautiful!!!
  • Mark P.
    Mark PradzinskiFebruary 22, 2015
    Great way to spend a winter's day.
  • Liliana S.
    Liliana SFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Love love love the conservatoryA
  • William L.
    William LandfaireOctober 1, 2012
    Dark Shadow-ME//We'LL SEE!
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JamersonFebruary 17, 2015
    Great wintertime escape
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 19, 2016
    Best Free Activities according to
  • George
    GeorgeApril 7, 2015
    Its free PLUS parking!!! :-)
  • Andy H.
    Andy HolckJanuary 25, 2010
    It's very busy on winter weekends. If u can, go during the week.
  • Nicholle D.
    Nicholle DombrowskiJanuary 15, 2014
    I would make my intern do this
  • John I.
    John IckesAugust 2, 2013
    Great location for wedding reception
  • Nicholle D.
    Nicholle DombrowskiJanuary 15, 2014
    Surprise in fountain
  • Dye N W.
    Dye N WaveFebruary 4, 2010
    been coming here for over 20 years, very relaxing
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 4, 2012
    Blow your mind at peace!
  • Deb O.
    Deb OestreicherFebruary 16, 2010
    Flower show smells like spring!
  • Alaíde V.
    Un buen lugar para visitar si eres del trópico y lo extrañas.
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