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When to Go:
Busy at the Weekends, Quieter During the Week

Seasonal Information:
Fun All Year Round

Lincoln Park Conservatory

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  • Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago is always FREE!
  • Features an impressive collection of tropical plants and prehistoric ferns
  • Located next to Lincoln Park Zoo, another FREE Chicago attraction!

2391 N Stockton Dr
Chicago, IL 60614
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Lincoln Park Conservatory

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The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a free and family friendly must see Chicago attraction

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Lincoln Park

This activity is FREE!


Features: A rich and diverse history lies behind the Conservatory Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park began as a small public cemetery on the northernmost boundary of Chicago where victims of cholera and small pox were buried in shallow lakeside graves. Aware of the public health threat, citizens began demanding the cemetery's conversion to parkland in the 1850s. In 1860, the city reserved a 60-acre unused section as Lake Park. Shortly after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), 16th President of the United States, the park was renamed in his honor. The city allocated $10,000 for improvements, and nurseryman Swain Nelson created and implemented the park's first plan. An early donation of mute swans marked the beginnings of the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Citizens argued for the removal of the remaining burial ground. This contributed to a larger parks movement, and in 1869, the state legislature created three park districts: the South, West, and Lincoln Park Commissions, each responsible for the parks and boulevards in its region. Under the direction of the Lincoln Park Commission, bodies were exhumed and relocated to other cemeteries, and the park was expanded south to North Avenue and north to Diversey Parkway. Severe winter storms in 1885 resulted in the construction of a breakwater system which included the first of many landfill projects extending Lincoln Park's boundaries.

The independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, and Lincoln Park was expanded north to Foster Avenue. A final expansion in the 1950s brought the park to its current size of 1,208 acres. Throughout Lincoln Park's history, renowned artists, landscape designers, and architects contributed to its development. These included sculptor Augustus-Saint Gaudens, landscape designers Ossian Cole Simonds and Alfred Caldwell, and architects Joseph Lyman Silsbee and Dwight H. Perkins.

The Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago was originally built in 1877 and its current location has been there since 1893. Offering several tropical halls representing plants and flowers from around the world - it is a definite tourist hot spot.

Lincoln Park Conservatory hours are daily from 9am-5pm.

Why We Go: The Lincoln Park Conservatory is truly breathtaking. Full to the brim with stunning exotic plants and flowers, you will enjoy a slice of tropical paradise right here in Chicago.

  • Great Value: The Conservatory Lincoln Park is always free
  • Family Fun: The whole family will enjoy the sights at this Chicago attraction
  • Top Location: Lincoln Park Conservatory is located in the heart of the tourist friendly Lincoln Park

Inside Knowledge: The Lincoln Park Conservatory also features a serene koi pond.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Go During the Week: Although Conservatory Lincoln Park is fun whenever, it can get extremely busy during the weekend, so you may want to visit on a weekday.
  • Do Go in the Winter: The Conservatory Lincoln Park is always humid and ideal for warming up on a cold winter's day in Chicago!
  • Don't Forget your Camera: This popular tourist destination is the perfect spot to take vacation snapshots that you will treasure forever. 
  • Don't Ignore the Location: Nestled in central Lincoln Park, you will want to explore the area. Other top free Chicago attractions can be found nearby, such as the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.