About Our Programs
Weekly Free Programs
Bring your children to our free weekly programs 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 toddler! 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 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.
Take your adult group to the Conservatory for a warm reprieve 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 topics 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 tours 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 walk through the Conservatory. Click here for more information.
History Through Photographs
Go back through time with our exhibit of historical photographs from the Chicago Park District’s collection. This free exhibit is available in the Jensen Room whenever the room is not rented.
Groups of Children
This is the perfect spot for a field trip! Bring your students, girl scout troupe, or camp to explore our indoor and outdoor collections! Click here for more information.
Best of Black Harvest Film Festival at the Garfield Park Conservatory
March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance invite Chicago residents to experience Black Harvest Film Festival highlights from past years as well as the beauty of the Garfield Park Conservatory with the Best of the Black Harvest Film Festival at the Conservatory, sponsored by Allstate.
All screenings are FREE and include post-film discussions with filmmakers and special guests. Doors open at 5:30pm and the screenings start at 6pm. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, March 15:
70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green (feature) 2015, Ronit Bezalel, USA, 56 min.
Hailed as a public-housing triumph and demonized as an urban disaster, Cabrini Green was demolished, then repackaged as a “mixed-income” development. Bezalel celebrates the spirit of a unique community and mourns its destruction in this follow-up to her 1999 short, VOICES OF CABRINI.
Special Guest: Director Ronit Bezalel
Wednesday, April 19:
Prom Date Blues (short) 2015, Martisse Hill, USA, 17 min: Inviting a girl to the prom calls for stamina.
The Bathroom Attendant (short) 2013, Deon H. Hayman, USA, 14 min: A charming bathroom attendant at risk of losing his job due to new management teaches us that sometimes there’s more to a job than just tending to the needs of customers. With Shay Roundtree, Hrach Titizian
The Chicago Boyz (short) 2013, Tiara Epps, USA, 12 min: In Tiara Epps’ inspiring short, a spectacular young acrobatics team vaults from inner city to “America’s Got Talent.”
Perfect Day (short) 2013, Derrick L. Sanders, USA, 17 min: Desmond, an intellectual loner in a volatile high school, has devised a plan to reveal his affections to Aasha, the class beauty. He secretly writes her love sonnets, depositing them in her locker between classes. Then, in the midst of the day’s chaos, he discovers he has his own secret admirer. All other concerns fade as he makes his way from clue to clue to hoping to find who is leaving him these cryptic notes. As the last school bell rings, Desmond questions will he ever find love or as the tension at school escalates, even a safe way home. With Daniel Kyri, Ciera Angelia
Special Guests: Director Derrick Sanders (Perfect Day), Director Tiara Epps (The Chicago Boyz)
Wednesday, May 17:
Crescendo! The Power of Music (feature) 2014, Jamie Bernstein, USA, 85 min.
Conductor José Antonio Abreu’s El Sistema music education program created 40 years ago in Venezuela has transformed the lives of disadvantaged children around the globe. CRESCENDO! follows two El Sistema-inspired programs—one in Philadelphia, the other in Harlem—focusing on three vividly drawn children whose talents don’t necessarily remove their problems.
Special Guest: Sergio Mims (Black Harvest Film Festival Consultant; Senior Writer, Shadow and Act)