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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

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Upcoming Events

February 2017

Fiddleheads

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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
March 2017
$56.00 - $70.00

Beginning Beekeeping Class

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Spend the day with our Head Beekeeper, Marcin Matelski, to learn the basics of beekeeping: equipment, hive design and construction, bee biology and behavior, bee management and bee products. This comprehensive class is a pre-requisite for becoming a GPCA volunteer beekeeper. These classes tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to register early. Pre-registration is required. If you find this class date no longer works for you, we will gladly refund your money if it is more than two…

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Observation Hive
Free

2nd Wednesday Lecture: Holi

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

The 2nd Wednesday Lecture for March teams up with the Indo-American Heritage Museum to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors from India which marks the arrival of spring and new energies.

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Holi Celebration of Colors
Free

Best of Black Harvest Film Festival at the Garfield Park Conservatory

March 15 @ 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 - 70 Acres in Chicago Film

FLEUROTICA 2017

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

FLEUROTICA, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance’s innovative floral fashion show, will be presented at the Evening in Bloom gala, on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Navy Pier. The annual Evening in Bloom is the preview party for “Chicago’s Blooming!” – the 2017 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.

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Fleurotica show 2017
$28.00 - $35.00

8th Annual Bee Forum: The Art of Beekeeping, The Science of Bees

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

8th Annual Bee Forum: The Art of Beekeeping, The Science of Bees

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April 2017
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
May 2017
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
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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