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The Conservatory



Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-1996


The Garfield Park Conservatory is open 365 days a year.


Daily Hours: 9 am - 5 pm Wednesdays: 9 am – 8 pm



Admission is FREE! We do ask for a suggested donation. Please check the Shows and Events page for more information about select events and exhibits that have an admission fee.



(312) 746-5100



(773) 638-1777  



Become A Member


The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, a non-profit organization, strengthens community through the unique combination of the Garfield Park Conservatory Campus, other botanical resources, and the engagement of community members.

With its innovative programs, the Alliance enhances the environmental, social and economic vitality of Chicago’s West Side and encourages the larger community to explore the fundamental connection between plants and lif
e. Membership in the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance supports one of Chicago's great botanical resources.

So step into our world and step into another place and time, where it's always warm and lush, where you will be surrounded by some of the most historic and dramatic architecture of our time.



Visitors Please Note


All visitors to the Garfield Park Conservatory, and to Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance events and programs, may be photographed and/or filmed by staff or hired photographers.

These photographs and videos may be used in Chicago Park District and/or Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance printed materials, on our website, and/or in other Conservatory promotional materials. Your attendance serves as consent to be photographed and/or filmed.





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News and Upcoming Events


Back to Glass: Watch as one of the city’s most important glass structures is restored, expect some room closures


We invite you to join us as we bring our historic greenhouses back to glass! Certain rooms will be renovated in 2014 and 2015, and will be closed to the public during that time. Currently the Palm House, Sugar from the Sun, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, Show House and Horticulture Hall are all open. The Fern Room, Desert House and Aroid House are currently closed for renovations. The Fern Room and Desert House are expected to reopen in spring 2015. In early 2014, we began ... MORE



Creatures of the Night
Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Join us for a special treat - live nocturnal animals including owls, snakes, bats, spiders, and many more at the Conservatory! Kids and families will learn about the unique “tricks” of nocturnal creatures and collect special treats along the way!  ... MORE


Play & Grow Garden
Open March 15 – November 15


The Play & Grow Garden is now open! We invite families with children ages 0-8 to visit the garden during its open hours to build, imagine, and challenge themselves. Kids can experiment with pebbles, make mud pies, walk the stump obstacle course, or make music on a wooden xylophone. Play & Grow is outside: exit through Sugar from the Sun and turn right; it’s just past the labyrinth. Children should be supervised at all times in the Play & Grow Garden ... MORE


Field of Sunflowers


Coming soon! Watch the northern hill in the City Garden for a treat later this summer! The hill will be filled with sunflowers, growing 6 to 7 feet tall with blooms 5 to 7 inches wide by the end of the summer. We hope to see you wandering through the sunflowers soon! ... MORE


Trapped! When Plants Attack
Daily All Conservatory Hours


"Trapped! When Plants Attack" is our latest plant display, highlighting carnivorous plants. These plants use traps, pitfalls, or sticky surfaces to trap and consume animals. Come see them in action! This seasonal display is outdoors in the Sensory Garden this summer … MORE


Chicago Farmers Markets
at the Garfield Park Conservatory
Sundays, June 22 – October 26


Buy fresh and local! The Garfield Park Conservatory is proud to be a site of one of Chicago's Farmers Markets. Buy and learn about locally grown produce, baked goods, and natural products in the Conservatory's Visitor Parking Lot on Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm starting June 22 and running through October 26. Organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events … MORE


New Double Coconut Palm Has Sprouted


We are proud to announce the birth of our new Double Coconut Palm! A new seed was received from the Seychelles Islands in August 2012 and was planted in the Palm House. It has now sprouted and is growing rapidly. This new sprout replaces our original Double Coconut Palm, which sadly died in 2011 after being the star attraction in the Palm House for 45 years. Stop by to see our new addition growing strong ... MORE


Hold Your Next Event at the Garfield Park Conservatory!


How luxurious to be able to take your guests to a tropical paradise and you don't have to fly to get there! The Garfield Park Conservatory provides a lush, warm, tropical setting as fragrant as any resort in the islands for weddings, meetings, birthday parties, showers, you name it! With separate space dedicated to events, seasonal decor and a children's garden, it's perfect for large or small occasions. No sunscreen required!... MORE


Beautification on Boulevard in Front of the Conservatory


A number of improvements will be made to the boulevard in front of the Garfield Park Conservatory through fall 2014. The Chicago Park District will be removing older, dying trees and planting new shade and flowering trees. There will still be plenty of grassy space left on the boulevard for families to play, rest and enjoy!


Conservatory Chosen as a Winner in Concierge Preferred’s Annual Chicago Concierge Favorites Awards


The Garfield Park Conservatory was chosen as a winner in Concierge Preferred’s annual “Chicago Concierge Favorites Awards” by Chicago’s concierge community. Over 700 concierges voted and the Garfield Park Conservatory was named one of the top destinations in Chicago in their “Culture and Attractions” category ... MORE


Fleurotica2013 Awarded “Most Innovative Fundraiser”
by Make It Better Foundation


The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is honored to accept the “Most Innovative Fundraiser” award for Fleurotica2013 from the Make It Better Foundation. Watch the amazing video the Make It Better Foundation created for us by clicking here.


Items Made from Conservatory Broken Glass
For Sale in Gift Shop


The broken glass collected in the Conservatory after the 2011 hail storm is being put to good use. Local artists have created works of art with the glass, keeping the original whitewash coating intact, which are now on sale in the Gift Shop at the Conservatory. Glass bowls made by artist Bryan Northup are available for $100 to $250. All proceeds from these pieces will help the rebuilding efforts. Visit our Gift Shop and take home a piece of Conservatory history!


Volunteer at the Garfield Park Conservatory! Volunteer at the Garfield Park Conservatory!


Enjoy the beautiful, lush surroundings of the Garfield Park Conservatory while sharing your time and skills as a volunteer. Opportunities abound! The Conservatory is undergoing a revitalization of its buildings and programs. We are looking for motivated and committed volunteers of all ages to lend a hand and share their skills. Join our team today ... MORE