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Garfield Park Conservatory

300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624
312 746 5100
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Ranked #24 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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St. Louis MO
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Garfield Park Conservatory is a must-visit every winter, one place in Chicago where you can always shed your parka and bask in the warmth and luscious smells of a tropical rain forest. The design includes secret paths, waterfalls, magnificent soaring palms, and flocks of brilliant Chihuly lily pads. The special flower shows are colorful and enjoyable- we always see something... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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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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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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

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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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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