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Families

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.

Adults

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.

Exhibits

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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.

Groups of Children

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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Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

773-638-1766| garfieldconservatory.org

Upcoming Events

April 2017
$180.00 - $225.00

Studies in Botanical Drawing

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Beginner/Intermediate study in drawing foundations as well as learning to draw plants from real life.

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Studies in Botanical Drawing Class

Fiddleheads

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 1, 2018

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Spend part of your weekend learning and playing at the Conservatory with our trained Nature Education TEachers! Kids will discover the natural world as they explore our expansive gardens!

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kids' activity
Free

2nd Wednesday Lecture: Edible Gardens and Climate Change

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Climate change is impacted by rising levels of carbon dioxide, but how do garden practices fit into the larger picture? Breanne Heath of The Pie Patch will present on this plus how you can take action.

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Compost side view
Free

Best of Black Harvest Film Festival at the Garfield Park Conservatory

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance invite Chicago residents to experience Black Harvest Film Festival highlights from past years.

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Best of Black Harvest Film Series: Evening of Short Films
$25.00

Music Under Glass: European String Fling

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Spring is upon us, and music is in the air. We invite you to celebrate nature’s re-awakening with us on Sunday, April 23, 2017, with our next Music Under Glass concert at the Garfield Park Conservatory. We will shine the spotlight on the beauty of string instruments. Leading us on this musical journey are long-time Chicago residents and husband and wife violinists, John Robinson and Diane Duraffourg-Robinson; their fellow Chicago Lyric Opera veteran, cellist Walter Preucil; and violist, Eric Shumsky,…

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May 2017
Free

2nd Wednesday Lecture: Green Revolution in Mexico

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

A lecture on the Green Revolution and the Americanization of Foodways in Mexico presented by Chris Boyer of the University of Chicago Illinois.

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Chris Boyer Lecture on Green Revolution in Mexico
Free

Best of Black Harvest Film Festival at the Garfield Park Conservatory

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance invite Chicago residents to experience Black Harvest Film Festival highlights from past years.

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Best of Black Harvest Film Festival: Crescendo

Beer Under Glass 2017

May 18 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Buy Tickets Beer Under Glass 2017 | Thursday, May 18, 2017 Join us for the kick-off event to Chicago Craft Beer Week! Celebrate the continuation of warm weather with our 8th annual Beer Under Glass! This year's Beer Under Glass will again be brought to you by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (GPCA) in partnership with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Enjoy the Conservatory's eight indoor display houses and outside gardens after-hours as you sip on samples from over 200…

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Free

Tree ID Walk – Spring

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Spring, summer, fall and winter – learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands!

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Spring Tree ID Walk
June 2017
Free

Volunteer Open House

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance hosts a Volunteer Open House to showcase our various volunteer opportunities.

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