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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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Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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February 2017

Spring Flower Show: Spring Training

February 18 @ 9:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

The 2017 Spring Flower Show is honoring the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs while giving visitors sights and smells of a glorious blooming Chicago spring.

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Free Yoga

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Start your weekend with a relaxing session of yoga, surrounded by Conservatory landscapes. Beginners to advanced yogis are welcome to attend. Please bring your own mat; $5 suggested donation.

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Composting Demo

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Composting in the city can be fun and rewarding, especially when it means your trash won’t be as stinky and your plants will be happy! Our volunteer composters hold weekly demonstrations showcasing different ways you can compost your food and garden scraps. During the colder months, our volunteers move inside to show case worm bins for your home.

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U of I Plant Clinic

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Every Saturday, the University of Illinois Plant Clinic is located in the GPC lobby to answer your questions about plants.

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Fiddleheads

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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Free Mini Tour

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Take a 45 minute stroll around the Conservatory grounds with a knowledgeable guide. These shortened tours are a great way to learn more than meets the eye, as well as have your questions answered.

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Morning Glories

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Enjoy learning together with your little one during this weekly drop-in session.

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March 2017

Wild Wednesdays

March 1 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Come get a little wild with us on Wednesday nights!

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Juicebox Concerts

March 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
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One event on May 20, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on April 8, 2017 at 11:00am

One event on May 6, 2017 at 11:00am

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

A free concert series for toddlers in Horticulture Hall!

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Urban Agroecology Class Series: Pruning Fundamentals

March 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Pruning Fundamentals is part of a 6-class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities.

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Urban Agroecology Class Series: Methods of Propagation

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Methods of Propagation is part of a 6 class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities.

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Urban Agroecology Class Series: Skills in Landscape Reading

March 19 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Skills in Landscape Reading is part of a 6 class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities

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Member Tour: Tropical Treats

March 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on March 22, 2017 at 6:30pm

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

Taste your way through our collection of fruiting plants and trees! This guided tour for Members will showcase up to 15 plants in our collection that we typically see on our plates.

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Urban Agroecology Class Series: Beneficial Fungi in the Garden

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Beneficial Fungi in the Garden is part of a 6 class series on Urban Agroecology: Ecosystem-based Food Production for Cities.

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April 2017

Earth Day 2017: NOT A HOAX

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Land and Sea Dept., and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are excited to partner on a special Earth Day celebration, held on April 22. The party will feature drinks, food and music curated by Land and Sea Dept., alongside environmental programming from NRDC.

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May 2017

Tree ID Walk – Spring

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

Spring, summer and fall - learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands’ Regional Forester, Daniella Pereira. Daniella will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park. Interested children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Please dress appropriately for the weather – walks take place rain or shine!

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Member Tour: Plants & History

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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One event on May 20, 2017 at 10:00am

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

Go on a guided tour of our indoor greenhouses and learn about the history, architecture connections and plants that make Garfield Park Conservatory a historical gem on the West Side.

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July 2017

Tree ID Walk: Summer

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Spring, summer and fall - learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands’ Regional Forester, Daniella Pereira. Daniella will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park.

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October 2017

Tree ID Walk: Fall

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central
Chicago, IL 60624 United States

Spring, summer and fall - learn about city trees throughout the seasons with Openlands’ Regional Forester, Daniella Pereira. Daniella will explore the trees of beautiful and historic Garfield Park.

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