COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 UPDATE as of 8/24/2020: The Flowers of Monet in the Artist’s Garden will open Saturday, September 5! You can book a visit starting today! Open Wednesday – Sunday; 10am-5pm. Adult admission $5, children and members free. This is an exhibition in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago. Experience the Artist’s Garden transformed in the lively seasonal display. Featuring tree roses, dahlias, asters, water lilies and more. This is a special exhibit in addition to a Conservatory Gardens visit – the indoor rooms of the Conservatory remain closed. Learn more.

Main Outdoor Gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday; 10am-5pm with reservations.  Click here to book a visit!

UPDATE on 8/5/2020: We are open Wednesday – Sunday and will change hours to 10am to 5pm beginning Wednesday, August 12. The indoor gardens remain closed to the public at this time. Click here to book a visit!

UPDATE on 6/26/2020: The Garfield Park Conservatory will gradually reopen outdoor gardens to the public! We have adjusted our operations to safely welcome you back. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we implement new procedures. This phased reopening plan will only be successful with your cooperation and respect of the guidelines.

The Garfield Park Conservatory & Gardens is comprised of a global collection of curated plants and trees that serve education, conservation, science, and public enjoyment purposes. Getting outdoors in nature provides proven physical and mental health benefits, especially during periods of stress.

We will reopen the outdoor gardens of the Conservatory to visitors in phases with limited capacity in the following way:

Phase 1 – local residents with a Neighbor pass only, access to outdoor gardens only

Wednesday, July 1 – Sunday, July 5 from 11am to 7pm (closed 7/6 and 7/7)

Neighbors within a half mile radius of Garfield Park Conservatory will receive a Neighbor Pass in the mail in the coming days. One postcard admits a household. We also dropped off postcards at Alderman Ervin’s Office for distribution.


Phase 2 – local residents with a Neighbor pass and GPCA members only, timed reservation, access to outdoor gardens only

Wednesday, July 8 – Sunday, July 12 from 11am to 7pm (closed 7/13 and 7/14)

Reservations open for members starting Wednesday, July 1 at 9am


Phase 3 – general public, timed reservation, access to outdoor gardens only

Wednesday, July 15. Reservations for general public starting Wednesday, July 8 at 9am.

Phase 4 – opening of the indoor rooms of the Conservatory will be determined at a later date following Phase IV of Chicago’s reopening.

We will reopen with new hours of 11am-7pm; Wednesday through Sunday. We will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.  The additional days along with the 11 a.m. opening time will give Park District Horticulture Staff more work time in order to complete tasks without concern about social distancing from the public. Upon opening at 11 a.m., horticulture staff will have means to create a six-foot barrier between work areas and visitors during public visitation hours.

To ensure the safety of visitors as well as Alliance and Park District staff, the Conservatory will follow all sector-specific operating requirements issued by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois regarding social distancing, masks, and hygiene. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

All in-person programming is cancelled through December 31, 2020. Our nature education staff is working to move what we can to virtual platforms when possible. Check out our Resource Center to find at-home nature education activities for all ages such as:

  • DIGITAL TOURS: Did you know we have free digital tours? This is a great way to learn about plants in our collection from anywhere.
  • THEMED RESOURCES: Designed for teachers, these can be used and enjoyed by families too!
  • ACTIVITIES AND LESSON PLANS: Perfect for at home, these resources were developed to blend horticulture, art, history, and even social media with nature education!

We are so excited to welcome you back to enjoy the power of nature outdoors with us!

Thank you,
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance