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Weekly Free Programs

Bring your children to our free weekly dancing toddlersprograms designed just for them! Whether it’s Morning Glories on Mondays, dropping in on the weekend for Fiddleheads, or getting a little wild on Wednesdays, we almost always have something fun for your family to do at the Conservatory. Click here for more information!

Juicebox Concert Series

We have a concert designed just for your kids dancing with momtoddler! Join us on the first and third Saturdays in October through December for a series of fun-filled family performances.  We’ll have dancers, singers, storytellers and more! For more information view the calendar below.

Origami Open House

Ever made a paper crane? What about an origami dinosaurorigami frog or penguin? Here’s your chance to learn how!  Every second Saturday of the month the CHicago Area Origami Society hosts a free, drop-in demonstration for people of all ages, including kids! Check the calendar for the next upcoming workshop.


Adult Groups

Take your adult group to the Conservatory for a warm E_GRO15_adults pointing desertreprieve in the winter, or a beautiful oasis in the summer. Whether you are organizing a casual visit for your adult group or would like a guided tour, please click here for details and registration.

Classes & Workshops

Throughout the year, our workshops and classes explore Advance Bee Classtopics of beekeeping, composting, gardening and plant propagation. Class offerings change through the seasons. Click here for information on our class offerings.

Free Adult Programs

From a monthly lecture series, twice monthly free mini toursOutside Yoga and yoga, and weekly beekeeping, composting, and gardening drop-in sessions, our Free Adult Programs explore new ideas, techniques to bring home, and answer questions you may have from your own growing space. Click here for a complete list of our adult programs.



Reflect on this light-art installation by Luftwerk as you florescence installationwalk through the Conservatory. Click here for more information.

History Through Photographs

Go back through time with our exhibit of historical EX_FERN1908_historical staff posephotographs from the Chicago Park District’s collection. This free exhibit is available in the Jensen Room whenever the room is not rented.

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Youth Groups

This is the perfect spot for a field trip! Bring your students, fieldtripgirl scout troupe, or camp to explore our indoor and outdoor collections! Click here for more information.

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your special day at the Conservatory! We have rooms for rent that are perfect for your extended family and friends. For more information click here!

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2nd Wednesday Lecture: Great Migration Film + Community Discussion

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Heading West Film Screening

In honor of the Great Migration Centennial, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, the Great Migration Centennial Commission and other West Side organizations are co-hosting the film Heading West: A History of African Americans on Chicago’s West Side. A documentary, the film illuminates how the biggest migration in American history brought a tidal wave of African Americans from the South, for over 100 years, many of whom settled on Chicago’s West side. Those migrants brought rich cultural traditions with them including agricultural and culinary practices, habits, skills and tastes which can be seen and understood in the gardens, farms and food-ways of many of today’s West side families. The film and discussion will connect viewers to the stories of that journey and those past and present day communities. After the film screening, we will have a panel discussion with west side residents who will enlighten us further.

Panelists for the post screening conversation include:

  • Christopher R. Reed: Historian and Professor Emeritus – Roosevelt University
  • Dr. Shemuel Israel: President of the North Lawndale Greening Committee
  • Angela Taylor: Wellness Coordinator of the Garfield Park Community Council
  • Patricia Jackson: Community Gardener of the Austin Green Team and Paradise Garden

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to reserve your space; we’ll have limited seating available for day of registration.


February 8
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624 United States


Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance