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Garfield Park Conservatory

300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624
312 746 5100
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As featured in Chicago For free
Ranked #26 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Large historic conservatory (primarily indoor but some outdoor displays) located near an el stop in Garfield Park, one of the city's largest parks... more »
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Lisle, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Peaceful, tranquil, a great place any season. We went on one of the hottest days of July and it was strangely cool. The fern room is my favorite. This is a great place to enjoy plants from around the world.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This has been a great place to gravitate to in cooler weather but you will enjoy nature, plants and art the entrie year. Enjoy!

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Harvard, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you love flowers than this is paradise. There are so many to see and the smell...mmmm....yummm, it's perpetual spring. Going here is an oasis from the city. Inside you will find winter left behind (you can't wear a coat, you die from the heat) and you see spring before anyone else does. The walkways are easy to navigate and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

What a gift the Conservatory is! Free all year round, the best time to go is the dead of winter. Just sitting there smelling the flora is enough to put me in a peaceful, meditative state. The structure itself is amazing and the place is huge. The Palm House is amazing. The Fern Room is too. Parking is easy. I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is a great place to come to and relax, especially in the middle of a freezing Chicago winter. Beautiful plants and flowers all around. The neighborhood around it can get quite scary, so just be careful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Had an hour to spare before our visit to Chicago Zoo, we decided to have a look at the Conservatory. Great way to spend a hour really unexpected delight

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you are looking for something spectacular to do that is free in Chicago, this is the place for you. This huge gorgeous conservatory sits in not the greatest neighborhood in Chicago, but it is beyond amazing. It is well worth the drive to the far west side of Chicago. Afterwards go a little furether west and check out Oak... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My wife and I were in Chicago to visit our son. When we were deciding what to do Saturday after brunch, our waitress suggested the Conservatory since she just took her visiting Mother there recently. Nice thing too that it was quite close to where we were located. Slight disapointment since a lot was shut down for re-construction after a... More

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Hinckley, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The conservatory was very nice but if you can, wait to see it until the rest of it is open. Right now only about one half was open, but for free admission and parking you could not beat it.

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St. Louis MO
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I hadn't been here in many years so was with relatives and we decided to stop by on Easter. Not too crowded and appears that they were doing some renevation but overall impressed with the beautiful flowers and exotic plants. Sort of a run down area of Chicago (about a 10 minute drive west of downtown) but I would highly... More

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