Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the world, and it’s free. We change lives through the power of nature. Often referred to as landscape art under glass, the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 12 acres inside and out, and includes cold frames and propagating where thousands of plants are grown each year for displays in City parks and spaces.
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  • KrystalBanfill
    Windsor, Canada75 contributions
    Great Free Activity in Chicago.
    Took a quick Uber here from our hotel. The conservatory requires a reservation however we were able to just enter our email and walk right in. The different rooms were all very cool to see. The size of the Palms, and variation in plant life was a refreshing change to the actual weather outside in Chicago and our home town in Windsor Ontario Canada. The show room got our family excited for Spring to arrive we really stopped to smell the flowers. There was a cute small local owned Coffee Cart that we stopped to get Cold brews from as we walked around. The conservatory is free (accepts donations if you have the means to do so). The area itself Garfield Park is not a good area, however if you are making your way here and a fan of the show Shameless after the conservatory have your uber make a stop before heading back to your hotel or next activity to the Gallager house its about 10mins away dont stop for long but take some cool photos (Gallager & Kev & Vs house).
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Nancy A
    234 contributions
    A great place
    What a great conservatory. I really enjoyed all the different plants and they were all labeled which was really helpful. I was lucky enough to go for the Spring Flower Show which you should make an effort to go see. Free admission and parking, but it's best to make a reservation first.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Michael P
    Mason, Ohio278 contributions
    A great place to experience the diversity of the planet!
    This place has been on my radar for sometime and I finally got to visit. Was there on a VERY hot day and being inside a greenhouse may not have been the best move. However, the place is amazing and quite large. Being there it amazes you how diverse and beautiful our planet is. The conservatory isn’t in the best neighborhood, so we didn’t explore beyond it, but we felt very safe during our visit and the on site parking is great (and free). Finally, all the staff were very friendly. Bottom line, go visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Vanessa F
    Macomb, Illinois40 contributions
    Beautiful beyond measures
    We took our in-laws for a quick tour to this amaizing botanical garden. We loved every quarter they have. The best part is that it's FREE but you can always donate any amount so they can continue to offer such pleasant atmosphere.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • TravelerPaul_12
    Saint Paul, Minnesota149 contributions
    Serene Strolling among Interesting Plants
    Very pleasant experience walking through the variety of rooms with plants from different environments - tropics, desert, etc. One room depicts what Chicago looked like a million years ago. An outdoor section includes plants demonstrating "bit ideas for small city spaces". Easily viewable in about an hour, but someone can take longer if they want to. Just a few steps from Green Line stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
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John H
Sterling, VA20 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I took the metro to Garfield Park. Having easy public transportation from the city of Chicago should be a plus for tourism. We got there early and walked around Garfield Park and it was unsettling how much trash was seen and areas appeared to be unkept. The Conservatory itself was clean and well cared for. We enjoyed the walk but have been to far nicer settings like the Phipps in Pittsburgh. I am hopeful the community helps keep the surrounding area more well kept and donors/tourism dollars can help create an every more enjoyable visit.
Written October 5, 2023
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TravelerPaul_12
Saint Paul, MN149 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Very pleasant experience walking through the variety of rooms with plants from different environments - tropics, desert, etc. One room depicts what Chicago looked like a million years ago. An outdoor section includes plants demonstrating "bit ideas for small city spaces". Easily viewable in about an hour, but someone can take longer if they want to. Just a few steps from Green Line stop.
Written October 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vanessa F
Macomb, IL40 contributions
May 2023 • Family
We took our in-laws for a quick tour to this amaizing botanical garden. We loved every quarter they have. The best part is that it's FREE but you can always donate any amount so they can continue to offer such pleasant atmosphere.
Written September 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael P
Mason, OH278 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This place has been on my radar for sometime and I finally got to visit. Was there on a VERY hot day and being inside a greenhouse may not have been the best move. However, the place is amazing and quite large. Being there it amazes you how diverse and beautiful our planet is.

The conservatory isn’t in the best neighborhood, so we didn’t explore beyond it, but we felt very safe during our visit and the on site parking is great (and free).

Finally, all the staff were very friendly.

Bottom line, go visit!
Written August 26, 2023
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Melissa V
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
If you want to see a variety of plants, then this is the place for you. A great way to spend an hour or two on the weekend. It is free, but donations are accepted. We made a reservation in advance (this process is super easy). Very close to the green line. It is humid and hot inside the building, so dress appropriately. The Children’s area is closed at the moment.
Written August 13, 2023
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Lesley H
2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
My family really liked it so diferente flowers with beauitful colores rare trees some I did know diferente countrys everywhere.
Written July 9, 2023
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Julia
Chicago, IL3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Tickets are free and it is a beautiful space. There were so many rooms and different plants it was incredible. We even saw a turtle! I would recommend you dress for a more tropical environment because the space is made for the plants.
Written June 3, 2023
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Nancy A
234 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
What a great conservatory. I really enjoyed all the different plants and they were all labeled which was really helpful. I was lucky enough to go for the Spring Flower Show which you should make an effort to go see. Free admission and parking, but it's best to make a reservation first.
Written May 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KrystalBanfill
Windsor, Canada75 contributions
Mar 2023
Took a quick Uber here from our hotel. The conservatory requires a reservation however we were able to just enter our email and walk right in. The different rooms were all very cool to see. The size of the Palms, and variation in plant life was a refreshing change to the actual weather outside in Chicago and our home town in Windsor Ontario Canada. The show room got our family excited for Spring to arrive we really stopped to smell the flowers. There was a cute small local owned Coffee Cart that we stopped to get Cold brews from as we walked around. The conservatory is free (accepts donations if you have the means to do so). The area itself Garfield Park is not a good area, however if you are making your way here and a fan of the show Shameless after the conservatory have your uber make a stop before heading back to your hotel or next activity to the Gallager house its about 10mins away dont stop for long but take some cool photos (Gallager & Kev & Vs house).
Written March 16, 2023
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Gloria L
6 contributions
May 2022
Stop by and stroll through. You'll be glad you did. So relaxing. You learn things you never knew! I love this place!
Written February 14, 2023
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