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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 #21 of 362 attractions in Chicago
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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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

You walk through different plant gardens, so each room is at a different temp. I had a problem because one area is humid and I have asthma.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Most of the rooms are closed due to renovation. The Laredo Taft and Chihuly art work, the ponds and fern room and aroid rooms, basically all of the best, were closed. A long way to go with nothing else in the area for a very disappointing visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Everything is coming up flowers. A very, very diverse conservatory. The perfect place for wedding and group photos. Beautiful indoors and outside. I bought a small plant her about 18 years ago. It is still multiplying after all these year. What a bang for my buck.

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It's a quick train ride to the conservatory. Admission to the Conservatory is FREE! They do ask for a suggested donation at the door, and during special events and exhibits. Check their web site for more info. I would call and see if any school field trips are planned for the day you want to visit. The setting looses it's... More

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Oxford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Taking the Green Line to this Conservatory was a bit unsettling, but having never been to Chicago, I guess this is understandable. However, it DOES stop right at the Conservatory, so if you have to take public transportation, this is your best bet. The conservatory itself is great, especially with a donation entry fee and the beautiful scenery inside. Although... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

When winter in Chicago feels like it will never end and you need a reminder of what green vegetation looks like, go to the Garfield Park Conservatory! It's free and has several different rooms to wander. It's a fun spot for taking photos, practicing different camera settings and wandering without an agenda. It's usually not too crowded. I went there... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

They are doing construction on a few of the rooms right now, so be sure to check how much is open before you go. I live in Chicago and this is one of my favorite places to take visitors when they come in from our of tow, especially in the winter. The conservatory has a very rich history and it's... More

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massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I visited here on a cold, blustery, overcast day and found it very uplifting. They are replacing glass that was damaged a few years ago in a hailstorm in anticipation of a special event in May so a few of the rooms were closed. However, those that were open, transported me to spring, to the rainforest, and to an oasis... More

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Baltimore
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14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We visited the Conservatory on a CTA ride from downtown. We were pleased by the diversity of the flora and it is interesting to see the repairs to the glass following a hailstorm a few years back. There was music and many children visiting, which made us smile. A nice oasis just minutes from the Loop

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I was in town for a visit. A friend and I decided to go see the Garfield Park conservatory because she was sick of winter and needed to see flowers and greenery. Goal achieved!!! It is easy to get to by taking the Green Line from the Loop. If you drive parking is free and there is only a free... More

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