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“Lovely in winter”

Garfield Park Conservatory
Ranked #23 of 649 things to do in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Lovely in winter”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

A beautiful, peaceful oasis in the city. Made up of several greenhouses with tropical plants, this conservatory is lovely to visit in the middle of a cold winter, or really any time of year. The fern room is so calm and peaceful, and the kids area, though small, is always fun for my kids. Great exhibits occasionally - check their website.

Visited December 2012
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49 reviews
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“A free tropical paradise!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

When I asked at the hotel, I was told by the concierge the area was a little "dicey." I did not have a problem. The El dropped me off right outside the door and once inside, you are in one of the most beautiful conservatories I have seen. All for free.

BTW, the staff is terrific!

Visited January 2013
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United States
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137 reviews
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“Winter Visitors - This is your place!”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We recently visited Chicago for a long weekend during the winter. We've been to Chicago so many times we've seen most of the major attractions over and over again -- but this is the first time we went out to the conservatory. We expected something similar to the much smaller Lincoln Park Conservatory, but found an entire botanical garden under a sprawling glass complex. Both the building and the plants are incredible, and we were amazed by the sheer quantity and variety available. Some highlights included carnivorous pitcher plans, sensitive plants that closed their leaves when touched, and a huge room filled with ferns and tree ferns representing what Chicago might have looked like long ago.

Not to mention:

* it's FREE!
* it's only a few stops away from downtown on the green line train.
* it's warm inside, which is really nice when it's windy "wintery mix" outside.

Don't hesitate, just go. You won't regret it.

Visited January 2013
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Plainfield, Illinois
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“Great winter destination”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We go every year to this tropical indoor getaway. It really boosts your mood in the middle of winter. Just last weekend we visited for the first time since the hail storm destroyed much of the glass panes. The only area not open is the show plant area. Parking is free and admission is free. What a great deal!

Visited January 2013
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3 attraction reviews
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“Great escape from the cement jungle!”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This was an expansive (not expensive) facility with a vast variety of plants and trees from virtually every climate. The layout of their various plant rooms includes ponds, waterfalls, and even some Chihuli glass as part of this living museum. Admission is free, but donations are totally justified and accepted.

Visited January 2013
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