Garfield Park Conservatory

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Garfield Park Conservatory
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
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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
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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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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN282 contributions
Jul 2021
I absolutely loved this place! I had a conservatory near where I live, but this far surpasses that. There are multiple areas that focus on different types of plants of flowers, which makes for a great variety of things to see during a visit. There are also outside garden areas, including a lilypad pond area. There is even a permanent installation by artist Dale Chihuly! Even though there were some restrictions due to COVID, everyone was polite and followed the rules for masks and distancing, which was great. The staff at the info desk and in the gift shop were friendly and helpful. There were a few areas that were not open due to COVID, so I definitely plan to go back when everything is completely on view again.
Written July 22, 2021
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Hi! Wow, thank you for the lovely review!! We really appreciate it and hope you visit us again soon.
Written July 23, 2021
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Sam5UK
Leicester, UK155 contributions
Mar 2022
We travelled there on the local trains and that was an enjoyable experience at 10 dollars for the two of us and it was to use all day on local transport.
This was without exception the best conservatory we've been into.
it was free and we gave a donation to the facility.
Magnificent!
Written March 31, 2022
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rrgeniusz
Cedarburg, WI263 contributions
Mar 2019
This is a very expansive conservatory with a huge variety of plants and flowers. There are also great seasonal displays. It is one of those places where you think you have seen it all and then you find another class covered building. They also offer great children's workshops. The entrance fee is reasonable and it is very easy to get to via the Elevated Trains.
Written February 5, 2020
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ilBuckeye
Arlington Heights, IL178 contributions
Feb 2022
We love the Garfield Park Conservatory. It is a tropical oasis in the long and cold Chicago winter.

Our recent visit was a disaster. Short story is bring all your government issued ids and vaccination cards or be prepared to be turned away. 1 - one - person in our party forgot their license, but had their COVID card. They were refused entry. Everything else was in order. All the other family members remembered their ID and cards.

So our family member that forgot their license opted to sit in the lobby, right next to the security enforcer that refused entry, for the entire time we enjoyed the plants. Ridiculous.
Written February 19, 2022
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Liza D
Chicago, IL4 contributions
May 2021
This is a gem and must do in Chicago! I highly recommend! I have gone to a few of the best and most beautiful gardens and conservatories in the country and world. This one is hands down one of my favorites. I'm so excited to be a member now and support this incredibly special place and the people who work day in and day out to make it possible. You will be in heaven. If you need a day-time escape, this is the perfect experience. It's like traveling all over the world to exotic places. It's a conservatory of 8 gardens and special exhibits that change throughout the year. Their Spring Flower Show: Saturation was absolutely mesmerizing. You'll want to come back over and over again. THANK YOU!
Written May 16, 2021
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Thank you so much for your support of the Conservatory!!! We're thrilled you are a member and enjoyed your recent visit. We hope to have you back again soon.
Written May 25, 2021
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ordave
Lake Forest, IL32 contributions
Jan 2020
One of the largest conservatories in the world, GPC is a true urban treat on the west side of Chicago. Great for a casual walk through to view an incredible variety of plants, three and shrubs in a couple of hours. Or, experts can study exotic plants in great detail. Admission is free (donation recommended) and parking is free in the parking lot to the adjacent to the south. We were there in January so the conifer building was still tricked up nicely for Christmas and the pine smell was awesome. There is a huge outdoor patio out the west exit to picnic in the summer and a massive expanse of park space. Be sure to inquire about the history of the observatory, very interesting.
Written March 20, 2020
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Thank you for your positive review! We hope to have you again soon as our outdoor gardens are now open!
Written August 27, 2020
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI536 contributions
Oct 2020
On a weekend getaway to Chicago, we visited the Conservatory solely to see their Flowers of Monet gardens. And despite it being mid-October, we were pleasantly surprised at how many flowers were still in bloom. Having visited Monet's gardens in Giverny, we could see the efforts of the Conservatory gardeners to recreate the beauty of those gardens and bring them to life for visitors here. Love the arch and the living wall and even the water lily pond pots!! The signage explaining the various flowers and how Monet grew the same and painted them were excellent. Kudos to all involved in creating this beautiful garden as an adjunct to the Monet and Chicago exhibition at the Art Institute.
Written October 19, 2020
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Thank you for the lovely review! We're thrilled you had a wonderful time.
Written October 20, 2020
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siv2015
83 contributions
Jul 2021
Lovely tropical plants and flowers - its almost like you are in the tropics (you are in Chicago!!). Seeing the veggie garden made my tiny garden back home look meh! Make sure you reserve your spot (for free) online. You can opt to make a donation while you reserve your tickets. We put our donation in the drop box. Surprised that they don't charge a small fee (maybe $5) as it must be really costly to maintain it so well.
Written July 6, 2021
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Hi! We really appreciate the kind review! We're so happy you enjoyed your visit.
Written July 7, 2021
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John F
Evanston75 contributions
Jan 2020
Terrific adventure for friends or family to enjoy. Hugh glassed conservatory with 5 different indoor rooms to roam and enjoy. Come in the cold weather and be transported to a garden paradise. The Palm room is just that, plants you will never see anywhere else, as well as some familiar greenery. The Seasonal room which for us was Christmas, was beautiful. Poinsettias of so many varieties, mixed with colored ground covers and lighted evergreens is stunning. Their is a tropical room which has a goldfish pond and some artful 'glass water pond lily pads'. The desert room has more species of cacti and desert plants than you can imagine. Quite unique to the Midwest. There is a children's room where kids can play through the plants and enjoy. The layout is about 2 acres of land, some of which is outside, and better left for a spring day. The park has an information desk and map. If you have a smart cell you can download their app and do your own digital and audio tour. There is a small gift shop and some snack items available. The Green line "L" stops right in front of the building. The conservatory is free and parking is free. There is a box for donations which are always welcome, but not demanded. The walking paths are paved, so strollers, and wheelchairs can easily move around. There are a few benches strategically placed so you can relax and just view a room's grandeur. There are free programs in the evening with music to consider. Even someone with a "Black Thumb" will find something of interest. You will want to come back each season. It is that spectacular.
Written January 3, 2020
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TakenByTravel777
Kalamazoo, MI203 contributions
Feb 2020
We went to Garfield Park Conservatory on a sad, cold winter day in February and got A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!!! A brochure explains each area - there were MANY. Palm Room, Show Room, Desert Room and much more. The greenery, flowers, and water features were such a wonderful diversion from the city and winter blues. I could have stayed all day. There were a few tables here and there for those who wanted to do just that, and artists were sprinkled around drawing and painting the lovely views and plants. GO! Don't forget to leave a donation so they can keep operating. <3
Written February 27, 2020
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