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“oasis in west side”

Garfield Park Conservatory
Ranked #23 of 662 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed February 29, 2012

The conservatory is a fabulous place to take a break from city bustle. Deep in west side chicago and part of magnificent park and boulevard plan. stop in and see the nearby field house. and don't miss inspiration kitchens, just around the corner at 3504 w lake st.

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

This was our first visit to the conservatory. We absolutely loved it. The kids loved running through the various rooms and plants. It was so warm and humid. It made us forget all about the cold dreary day outside. There is no charge although they do ask for donations. There area also bathrooms which were very clean and a small gift shop. There is a parking lot that is adjacent to the conservatory. I was a bit concerned about the neighboorhood but I felt very safe there with the kids. The conservatory is only a few blocks from the expressway and we went early in the morning. I would plan to spend about 2 hours there. There is a seek and find map with stickers for the kids at the front. I would make sure you grab some as it made the kids pay more attention to the the plants. Also, they loved the fern room with the waterfall. Please visit and donate to keep this beautiful treasure.

Thank ole7
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

Some time, when you're trying to think of something to do that isn't frenetic, loud, or expensive, and you're tired of going to the zoo, come here instead. It's quiet, beautiful, smells like flowers, dirt, and plants, and so, so calming to the spirit and the senses. They have a playroom for little kids, but even that's not too crazy. There are benches here and there so you can just chill, look around, take in the comforting earthy/flowery smells, and listen to fountains and small waterfalls. The Palm Room looks like dinosaurs must live in it, with all the ferns around. The Conservatory is free and open every day of the year. It represents one of Chicago's great escapes - I can't recommend it highly enough.

1  Thank Susan H
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

A true city gem. This is by far the best conservatory in the world.

Thank kevinpalmer
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

We loved this place because it was FREE and convenient to get to from the metro. Those two were what really made us visit.

Pros:
customer service very friendly and helpful
maps available
trees and plants clearly labeled
being winter time, they actually provided a coat rack while we perused through humid rooms

Cons:
I wish there were more items in the Gift Shop to buy such as live plants, stain glass, art work, etc. but this is comparing to other places such as Philadelphia's Longwood Gardens

Go visit this place and donate so they can recover from the June 2011 hailstorm!

Thank cieuxclairs
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