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Garfield Park Conservatory

East Garfield Park, 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
  • Micah P.
    Everything is good here. This is an amazing treasure on the west side. A beautiful and historic treasure that should be cherished by all.
  • Darren C.
    Darren CalhounOctober 22, 2011
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 18
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    Upvoted Jun 18
  • Carmen
    CarmenDecember 31, 2015
    The Desert House is hidden at the back and worth searching for
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyOctober 2, 2015
    Free entry! Great place to just walk around and kill time. Take advantage of the green field in the backyard!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ngonzi C.
    Ngonzi CrushshonApril 15, 2012
    While you are here, stop by Inspiration Kitchen for a meal or a tour! $11 entrees (catfish, short ribs, duck, & peach cobbler) ;-)
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jenn C.
    Jenn CottonApril 12, 2015
    One of the most beautiful places in the city. Hands down!
  • Toddling Around Chicagoland
    Dress yourself & the kids in layers; some of the rooms are very hot & humid while others are cool.
  • Synthia N.
    Synthia NobleJuly 28, 2009
    WONDERFUL - quiet, lovely and free! although donations are appreciated. you don't even have to pay for parking.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 18
  • 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.
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea StephensSeptember 14, 2014
    a lovely gem right in the middle of the west side. relaxing, loved seeing the urban garden outside!
  • 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!
  • Andy S.
    Andy SwindlerDecember 12, 2015
    Check out the walking meditation labyrinth on the south lawn.
  • Ian E.
    Ian EichelbergMarch 7, 2015
    Absolutely amazing. Especially since it's super close to the green line.
  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenMay 30, 2015
    Gorgeous, enormous, and featuring really diverse plant life.
  • 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!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 5, 2012
    Don't miss the Scheelea Palm, which has been growing since 1926! It's huge!
  • 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
    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!
  • Ngonzi C.
    Ngonzi CrushshonApril 15, 2012
    Visit Inspiration Kitchen while you are here. $11 entrees (catfish, short ribs, duck & peach cobbler)
  • Christine T.
    Christine T.July 12, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful. A must see!
  • Shivam S.
    Shivam ShahFebruary 20
    Really peaceful place, would highly recommend it.
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoSeptember 24, 2012
    Recondition your dry winter lungs with a stroll thru the moist humid air. Great day trip!
  • Andy H.
    Andy HolckJanuary 25, 2010
    It's very busy on winter weekends. If u can, go during the week.
  • Anne B.
    Anne B.January 5, 2015
    What a beautiful spot! Definitely a Chicago gem.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BellApril 15
    Enjoy some time on the back terrace on a warm day.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SvitaApril 8, 2015
    Such a beautiful place to take photographs and breathe in some fresh air.
  • Dye N W.
    Dye N WaveFebruary 4, 2010
    been coming here for over 20 years, very relaxing
  • Eric W.
    Eric WettsteinJuly 20, 2012
    Great place to visit or get married at. I do.
  • Mikal S.
    Mikal S.September 9, 2011
    All of Garfield Park deserves attention. It's beautiful here.
  • 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
    A lush green oasis that is always free.
  • Joann T.
    Joann TenevMarch 10, 2013
    Such a beautiful and relaxing place
  • Danielle
    DanielleJuly 22, 2015
    This place is beautiful!!!
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