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Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, Illinois

300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois

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Submitted by: Gail A.

This place was God sent during my summer trip to Chicago for a good friend's wedding. I was going through a rough patch in my life and was in Chicago before heading home to deal with some pretty serious family stuff. I had some time to wander the city a day before the wedding and decided to head to the conservatory after getting my nails done to have some time to myself to think. Hopping on the train to escape the city reminded me of my time in New York when I just needed to get away. I loved being able to hop on a train at any point and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and just life in general. The cool thing about the train from the city to Garfield Park Conservatory was that everything was abo...

Submitted by: Mary T.

Bananas, apples and papayas, oh my! Not wanting to waste an unseasonably warm fall afternoon, we headed out Garfield Park Conservatory. As a kid, my family made frequent pilgrimages to Lincoln Park Conservatory. While LPC will always hold special memories, I adore Garfield Park Conservatory for all of the things it isn't: * Expensive - it's free! FREE! * Difficult to find parking. There's a free parking lot right near the green line and street parking is easy too. Or the green line will practically drop you at the door. * A crazy mecca for tourists. Located away from the other tourist hotspots keeps it from getting crazy up in here. Currently, the conservatory is a little bruised and battered, but don't coun...

Submitted by: Urbane G.

One of my favorite places. Good for kids because they have a play area where they can dig and mist the plan...

Submitted by: Amanda C.

As always... absolutely stunning. This is a great place to go alone, with the kids, or for a romantic stroll with your significant other. I visit every couple of months and there is always something new to see. Always clean and well maintained, friendly...

Submitted by: M M.

Last summer my family and I were eager to check this place out so we drove there on an early sunny day. When we got there as I pulled in looking for parking, we got approached by a homeless man asking for change. As we drove in deeper, we got approached by a couple more, my parents (senior citizens), my toddler, and I freaked out to see the whole outdoor park Covered with homeless people. There was no empty green spot anywhere. You could barely see the beauty of the surrounding. My baby started crying and my parents felt so uncomfortable. So we turned around and went straight to Lincoln Park. We left so disapponted. It made the park look so bad. It was the worst experience we have had here in Chicago, and we...

Submitted by: Lolia S.

Winter doesn't seem to be the best time to visit because the outdoor gardens were covered in snow. Or maybe it is a good time to escape the freezing cold and admire the plant life. The inside temperatures range from tropical/toasty to cool. There are 7 indoor rooms in this Victorian conservatory, including the Desert House, Aroid House, Palm House, Fern Room, etc. One house has a children's play area with slides. The humid fern room is extremely lush. Rocks are covered with liverwort.  One room seemed to have fake insect sounds.  One room has a koi pond. There are statues and waterfalls. The environment changes as you go from room to room. You start out in the warm palm house and end up in the cool room (the...

Submitted by: Roseann M.

I've never tried LSD (really, truly), but I imagine that Garfield Park Conservatory acts on my brain just as strongly as a powerful hallucination. I'm lifted out of my body. A rush of humidity and green scent fills my head and makes me dizzy. I stand next to a pond, listen to water rushing, watch a turtle dive from a rock into the pond and swim with its head above the water, and I absorb all that life and warmth and fecund air and think, yes, it is true, we really are God, we are part of this, I am a co-creator, and this is all my doing. Doesn't that sound like an LSD trip, those of you who would know? When I come back into my body a little bit, I think of scenes from The Empire Strikes Back. Remember Yoda o...

Submitted by: Rene F.

I always enjoy visiting this conservatory, especially in late winter when I am aching to see green and growing things! Admission is free (you can give a donation) and each plant room is full of beautiful specimens linked by their plant family and/or habitat type. The Show Room Garden features themed flowering plants - right now (mid Feb.) the spring bloomers are featured. Wow - what a display! They also have large interesting outdoor gardens, which I have only seen a few times because I tend to visit this place in winter. Good for kids, too - but if you have scant patience with squealing ankle-biters, you may want to visit on a weekday, either early or late when not so many are running around. Weekends can b...

Submitted by: Peter D.

Two things before I begin my review: 1. The Garfield Park Conservatory is FREE 2. The Garfield Park Conservatory is open EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, one of maybe five places in Chicago besides a 7-11 that can say that! I loved everything about it. The atmosphere is fantastic, the staff is friendly, and the exhibits/rooms are amazing all year round. I went on New Year's Day and there were plenty of people, and especially families, who found themselves admiring the Conservatory with their young children. It's a great way to get the kids out of the house! As soon as you step in, the smell of the tropical climate just lets you know how special the conservatory is. There are very few places like this left in the world...

Submitted by: Tessa G.

A hidden gem amongst the ghetto. This place is not only free but it is simply beautiful.  It is a great place to go year round but in the winter it is such a special place to go to. The second you walk through the doors you are hit with a warm tropical like humidity that makes you feel as if you've been t...

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