Garfield Park Conservatory, located in Garfield Park in Chicago, is one of the largest greenhouse conservatories in the United States. Often referred to as "landscape art under glass", the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres (18,000 m2) inside and out and contains a number of permanent plant exhibits incorporating specimens from around the world, including some cycads that are over 200 years old.
Along with the Lincoln Park Conservatory on Chicago's north side, the Garfield Park Conservatory provides significant horticultural collections, educational programs and community outreach efforts.
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|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
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andi d. | Feb 17, 2018
A fantastic place to visit. One can learn about a vast variety of plants. Another highlight is bee hives in summer months. Learn about urban bees and taste honey right from the honeycomb. Venture outside and walk the grounds. So peaceful. I love it!
My Chicagk | Feb 13, 2018
Love coming here the kids always have fun. The indoor gardens are beautiful and if you love taking pictures of flowers prepare to go crazy. There are outside gardens top for the summer. Picnic area, free parking, there's a play area for the kids where they can slide down a slide or play with dirt or just explore a well gardened play area. Always tons of fun and you never know what your gonna find.
Tuba Arshad | Dec 13, 2017
Garfield park is a hidden world! Once you are there, you forget the weather, who is around you or which neighborhood you are in. Its magic! The different displays in the conservatory are definitely eye catching and well thought out. The various events offered by the conservatory show nothing but support for the natural life. Been there several times and love talking about what a hidden gem that place is!! And the best part is its also free!! Had our wedding reception there and it was as magical as I could have imagined. The nature surrounding, fresh air, covered and beautiful place was a huge success!!
Fiorella Rosalino | Mar 2, 2018
This place was beyond what I expected. It was beautiful, peaceful, and comfy. It had nature for all kind of tastes and was the best spot so far to practice my photographic skills and test my camera. If I come back again to Chicago, I will definitely go and visit this place again.
Miguel Velazquez | Feb 25, 2018
This place is Awesome. Me being from the tropic, I miss plants from there and at the conservatory. You can see them and you can also see plants from aaall over the world. Parking is free and so is the admission so is you want to kick back, relax and enjoy the plants. While you are in there make sure to take a deep breath and fill your lungs with some pure air.
Shah Pez | Apr 1, 2018
Incredible find in Chicago! A sanctuary greenhouse with impeccable attention to detail in a maze of beauty...I can't believe this is free to the public! Easily forget you are in the middle of a metropolis and accept your new forest surroundings (or desert, if you choose). Wish I could have seen the outside grandeur, but it's still off season.
Ashley Thomas | Apr 4, 2018
Beautiful gardens, perfect for children, couples, or anyone who wants to enjoy a nice walk through a scenic area. The best time to go is during the spring/summer. They have rooms available for rent, and I've attended two events here, and the space is clean and well maintained. Also, it's free and easily accessible via public transportation. The surrounding neighborhood is sketchy.
David Posso | Apr 3, 2018
Beautiful reprieve from the cold and dry air. Free admission, but the donations for the conservatory are well deserved. It is a big facility with many different specimen and environmental varieties. Worth visiting, you can walk through quick, or take your time. It could take several hours, done well.
Quinn Bress | Mar 29, 2018
This place is awesome!! Every plant here is like a textbook perfect example of the species. Each room is dedicated to different types of plants, and each room gets better and better. I will always return here whenever I am visiting Chicago. I was disappointed that when I was there, the carnivorous plant exhibit was under construction, but everything else was perfect. And there are a bunch of carnivorous plants visible in other nooks and crannies. Don't miss this place!
Laura Louden | Mar 11, 2018
The Conservatory is incredible. The balmy exhibits took the lingering winter weather away for a couple hours. Huge diversity in plant life and lots of space to explore. The spring flower exhibit was on and the room was so colorful; I'm excited to go back during the summer months, especially for bee programs I read from another review. My favorite room so far is the Sugar from the Sun space. Free admission (suggested donation) & free parking.
jaclyn van laar | Apr 28, 2018
Such a beautiful FREE conservatory! Don't let its location fool you. The variety of flowers and plants was incredible. I don't think I have seen such a large variety of cactus in a free conservatory! The flower site was arrange as more of a garden then a natural flower growth arrangement but it was still beautiful. Also it's decorative ornaments, like hanging glass peices, are nice but sometimes distract from the natural beauty and photos that can be taken. Overall though a beautifully put together site. And with great washroom facilities too!
Matthew Raudabaugh | May 1, 2018
Love this place. It's huge plus the outdoor gardens (and sometimes goats on the weekends) make it the best in the city. Incredible collections beautifully arranged and maintained. In the winter it's a real treat to see green and flowers and feel the humidity, especially in the fern room. It's a must go.
Murat Tarık İPEK | Apr 15, 2018
Garfield Park Conservatory is one of place that takes you somewhere else and makes you feel very relaxed. You are having a chance to see thousands of plants, trees around all over the world and have some interesting information about them. Its easy to get there either drive or public transportation (Green line is just meters away) It’s a tremendous place surprisingly with no entrance fee. :)
Leah Nieman | Apr 22, 2018
Beautiful, family friendly, and free! This gem should be on your list of must see places in Chicago. There are so many plants to see as you stroll through the various rooms. There are fun walk through areas and benches so you can sit. The kids area is fantastic.
Martin Cremer | May 17, 2018
This is a beautiful and highly unusual gem on Chicago's south side. It may not sound like it's worth the trip...but it is! The most extraordinary accomplishment of the Conservatory is the cultivation and presentation of such highly diverse environments. It feels a bit like walking around the world in an afternoon. They maintain their specimens meticulously in climate controlled zones. My favorite experience was walking from the humid botanical jurrasic park to the desert section. The Garfield Park Conservatory reminds you that nature is infinitely creative and resilient.
bimal patel | Jun 5, 2018
Lovely place and so close to the city. I couldn't believe this place is only a 10 minute drive from the west loop (where I've lived for the past 5 years) I'm kicking myself that we have not been there before. The kids loved it. There is so much to see and experience. The conservatory is well kept and outdoor area is beautiful!
J Burger | May 31, 2018
Oh, there are some many nice things to say about this FREE space. First, they have ample parking. Second, free entrance, though you should donate to help them keep it tip top. There is a fern room that is lush and green and moist like a jungle. There is a dessert room with all the wonders from many of the world's driest areas. The show room will dazzle your nose first, then your eyes with many wonderful floral blooms. There are also many outdoor trails. Will report on that later. Go and enjoy.
Damian Chmura | May 14, 2018
We took a day trip here with our son. The parking and admission were both free. They only ask for your zip code when you enter. This place is great to come and see all the beautiful flowers and plants from all over the world. There are a few rooms you can walk into all with different plants and environments. They also have an outside area, but that seems to be still under construction. Overall we liked it and will definitely come back.
Ray Morin | Jul 12, 2018
I have not been here since about the year 2000. This time we took our 3 grand kids on a perfect day and we all had a great time. It was very lush and well planned out. Free parking and admission. Outside walking paths around the grounds. A very nice afternoon for us.
Kelsey Ross | Jul 8, 2018
This conservatory is absolutely beautiful, and something I would recommend to people visiting Chicago. It’s a large conservatory with many different rooms for different regions. There are spaces here for events, and they have their own events going on such as goat yoga! I’d come back again
One Source Productions | Jun 25, 2018
An amazing experience that I came upon accidentally. The walk through can take hours or minutes and will be enjoyable either way. Different environments that change with your steps and a Beautiful outdoor space that is overflowing with Butterflies in the season. The fact that its free is the cherry on top. Donations are appreciated and with this experience, I expect you'll Want to help the Conservatory.
catherinanguyen | Aug 7, 2018
It's a beautiful place! It's very spacious with a good variety of plants. I like the lay out of the place, including the outside sections they have. I like that they have a kids section, although we didn't have kids with us. I wish there were more information on individual plants and species as you walk along. Otherwise, great place to spend a couple of hours if you're into nature and botany.
Greg Hardigan | Aug 7, 2018
You just can't believe this place exists on Chicago's west side. Absolutely spectacular glass houses of plants from all over the world. Towering palms, tiny zebra-striped thickets, orchids, cacti, grapefruit trees, hanging vines, koi and turtles in decorative pools, a massive outdoor lawn in back with a huge pond and bridge. There's a kids room with a slide, play spaces and a giant oval to dig in. One hall changes the plants and decorations for each season. But my favorite place is the Fern Room, which is humid, dense with ferns and moss, has waterfalls running through it, and looks like dinosaurs should be roaming around. Totally prehistoric, extremely relaxing. If I had that room at the back of my house, I'd never be stressed. Free admission, lots of parking, and the Green Line goes straight to the front door. A great place to bring your family, especially when Arctic Chicago takes over. You will mingle with people of all ages and backgrounds from around the city. Friendly co-existence is the way here. I wish folks could be as peaceful and respectful in the rest of the city as they are at the Conservatory. A total gem in a neighborhood that really deserves one.
Karen Rodriguez | Aug 3, 2018
I haven't been here for a long time. It was absolutely beautiful. It was free but they do accept donations. I brought my sister in law who is visiting from Mexico. She loved it too. The employee's were very nice and helpful.
Janette Remigio | Jul 27, 2018
I love this conservatory! For a relatively small conservatory, they have many rooms of different kinds of plants. I just love walking in there, especially since you get an immediate look at the Fern Room, which is not only my favorite room there, but also one of my favorite places in the city. It makes me feel like I'm on the set of Jurassic Park. Hehehe. This conservatory is definitely a city gem.
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