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.
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Conservatory Soundwalk with Amanda Gutierrez
December 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology‘s series of “Soundwalks In the Parks” explores our listening in the lush atmosphere of the conservatory. Teaching artist Amanda Gutierrez will guide you through wondrous scenes and soundscapes as a re-imagined place for understanding the meaning and memory of the earth and its people, plants, birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, and fish. Discover the rhythms, reflections, and “voices” of water, so essential for all life. Starting in the Palm House, experience with all your senses the rare, collected plant life in one of Chicago’s most unique architectural environments. This event is part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out In the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
This event is free and open to all ages.
A soundwalk is…
…for everyone’s enjoyment and learning
…opening our ears to every sound in the environment
…a rare opportunity for listening in a social group
A soundscape is…
…the experience of sound in your landscape
…always active and changing
…at times subtly affective and informative, but often unnoticed
…a natural resource, or a design made in sound
For more information about the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, visit http://mwsae.org.