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Daily, 9am-5pm; Wed. 9am-8pm

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Open Year-Round

Important Information:
Free Parking is just south of the Garfield Park Conservatory main entrance

Quick Facts

  • The Chicago Garfield Park, dating back to the 19th century, is one of the largest and most impressive conservatories in the United States.
  • Chicago Garfield Park is home to the Double Coconut Palm, which produces what is believed to be the largest seed of any plant in the world weighing up to 50 lb.
  • Family friendly Chicago events take place regularly at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
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Enjoy Free Family-Friendly Activities at the Renowned Garfield Park Conservatory

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West Side

East Garfield Park

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Features: Garfield Park Conservatory, consisting of six multi-faceted greenhouses and two grand exhibition halls, is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as "landscape art under glass," the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out, and includes cold frames and propagating where thousands of plants are grown each year for displays in Chicago's parks and spaces. The indoor Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden provides a fun and engaging space for the Conservatory's many younger visitors. The Conservatory hosts four major flower shows and several special events each year. Be sure to check their website for current events.

The Garfield Park Conservatory is located in Garfield Park on Chicago's west side. The Park first opened to the public in 1874. Historic features include architectural landscaping (flower gardens, water court, bridges, lagoons, and the Conservatory), notable architecture (the Golden Dome fieldhouse), the bandshell (or "gazebo" as it is locally known) designed in 1896 by J. L. Silsbee and the golf shelter building, attributable to prairie school architect Hugh Gardner and built in 1907. There are also a number of historic sculptures and statues within the Park.

Both Garfield Park and its Conservatory are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Why We Go: The Garfield Park Conservatory is a great place to take a stroll alone, with family, or cheap romantic date.  The Garfield Conservatory also offers many special events and shows for free. Drop in with your kids to share in fun, educational activities about plants and conservation.

  • The Garfield Conservatory Chicago offers drop-in classes for both adults and kids that teach the importance of living a green lifestyle and the skills needed to do so. Learn how to make your own compost and keep your own bees while in the beautiful ambiance of the Garfield Park Conservatory.
  • Stop by the conservatory's community room to enjoy photographs from the book, Inspired by Nature: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago’s West Side (formerly at the Chicago Architecture Foundation).
  • The Garfield Conservatory Chicago hosts within its 4.5 acres numerous plant exhibits to explore with your family including ferns that are over 300 years old.

Inside Knowledge: This popular Chicago landmark suffered decades of neglect, but in 1993 the Garfield Park Conservatory underwent a multi-million dollar restoration deserving of such a facet in Chicago's history.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Bring Your Kids: The family friendly environment of the Garfield Conservatory is a perfect place for your kids to learn about plants and the importance of conservation while having fun.
  • Do Dress Appropriately: Some of the activities offered but the Garfield Park Conservatory require you to get down and dirty with plants and soil, so be prepared.
  • Don't Pack a Lunch: The Garfield Conservatory offers delicious sandwiches and fresh salads as well as a variety of desserts and beverages perfect for any trip to the Chicago Garfield Park.
  • Don't Be Shy: Participate in the many activities offered at the conservatory and learn a great deal about living an Earth-friendly lifestyle. And be sure to check their website for updates on special events and opportunities.