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Garfield Park Conservatory

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Address: 300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone Number: 312 746 5100
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Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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Worth the Trip!

A coworker recommended this as a fun, low-cost (no admission fee but donations appreciated) activity in Chicago. I'm so glad we ventured out of the Loop to check it out! We took... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
KristinOnTheGo
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

A coworker recommended this as a fun, low-cost (no admission fee but donations appreciated) activity in Chicago. I'm so glad we ventured out of the Loop to check it out! We took the Green Line, which drops you less than a block from the entrance. It was so nice to stroll through the tropical-feeling conservatory on a cold winter day.... More 

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Chicago, IL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit all year long and especially in the winter when you can imagine yourself in a rainforest in the city. The collection is worth seeing especially the orchids; special exhibits are also good.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Scary , but at the same time really exiting, A very good change for the old John Hancock Observatory.

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grandmahenry
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Liked teh conservatory with its display of spring flowers. Great display of orchids too. Lots of hands on activity for children, which is great. They also had a few groups who would write poems on the spot for you, using old school typewriters. Wonderful idea. Loved the koi pond with the glass umberellas. The gift shop was very snall and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We meet here with other kids sometimes, and they like to have pow wows among the ferns in the children's gardens. It's not a large play area, but it is interesting and the kids come up with some pretty great games (I spy-ish...) The conservatory is free but has a suggested donation. It's easy to walk to from the green... More 

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Largest green house ever. Like a tropical rainforest in wintry Chicago. Great visiting and was not crowded being off the big tourist spots. Or maybe because it was winter and out of season. Highly recommended for the horticulture.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The conservatory itself is beautiful, both in architecture and it's plant displays. There's also a large, indoor playground. Unfortunately, Garfield Park has evolved into one of the worst neighborhoods in Chicago. I would under no circumstances take kids here.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

What a treasure just minutes from Downtown. When the grey of winter gets you down take a quick tropical vacation right down the street.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Best place to come to in the cold, nasty months! If you're feeling down, this is a storied, historical place to pop in for some great, earthy ambiance. You can easily get lost in the various different rooms, which range from tropical to desert. The smells and sounds of fresh greens and moving water is so sweet during the dreary... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It's free, Open Year Round, and so soothing and tranquil. A great place to visit, especially during the gloomy Winters.

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