Reservations are required and are added each day at 10am, Wednesday-Sunday. You may see some blocked out dates into the future because we are only taking reservations a few weeks in advance.  

Hours: Wednesdays 10am-8pm and Thursday through Sunday 10am-5pm.  

To visit the Conservatory’s indoor and main outdoor gardens you will need to book a reservation. To visit the exhibit in the Artist’s Garden Still Life in Real Life: Charles Ethan Porter, you will need to book a separate timed entry reservation. You can book both reservations for one day! Click the buttons below to get started. 

Visit the Indoor and Outdoor Main Gardens

To visit the main indoor and outdoor gardens, please make your reservations by clicking the button below. There is no admission fee to visit the indoor and main outdoor gardens, we accept donations.

Visit Still Life in Real Life: Charles Ethan Porter

Reserve your time below to visit Still Life in Real Life: Charles Ethan Porter exhibit, featuring the flowers and fruit that inspired the paintings of the incredible African American artist. Runs from July 28-October 17 (or until weather permits.) Admission: $5 for Adults; Free for kids, people who live in Garfield Park and members. Neighbors call 773-638-1766 or email Click the button below to visit Still Life in Real Life.

Through August 20, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-11am and 11:30-1:30pm, learn about the garden from an Urban Roots docent! The teen docents will be situated around the space to share about Charles Ethan Porter, the plants, and more. 

Can’t find a reservation at the time you want? Additional reservations are set aside for Members and Garfield Park neighbors. Become a member here. Neighbors call 773-638-1766 or email


COVID-19 UPDATE (as of 6/23/2021): The Garfield Park Conservatory is thrilled to announce that the Fern Room is open! Visitors also now have full access to the Aroid House, Desert House and Sugar from the Sun. A 90-minute timed entry reservation includes the indoor gardens and the main outdoor gardens with more than 10 acres to explore! 

The Play and Grow Garden and the Artist’s Garden remain closed at this time. The following indoor rooms remain closed: Horticulture Hall, Jensen Room, and the EMG Children’s Garden. 


As the health and well-being of children in our parks is our highest priority and with most of the children in our programs not eligible to receive the vaccine, we will continue to require that face coverings be worn by everyone who enters our indoor spaces when children are present.  If children are not present, vaccinated persons may remove their face coverings.


We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of public health officials from the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and unvaccinated persons should continue to wear a face covering in crowded outdoor settings or in instances where social distancing cannot be maintained.


Click here to read through our FAQs to help you prepare for a visit. Reservations are required. 

If you need assistance, please contact us at or call 773-638-1766.   

Location & Hours

300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624

We are located near the intersection of North Central Park Ave. and Lake St.   

Wednesday 10am-8pm (last entry at 6:30pm)

Thursday – Sunday 10am-5pm (last entry at 3:30pm)

Closed Monday and Tuesday


Starting July 1, 2021 the Gift Shop will reopen for in-person shopping! You can still shop online.  Learn more.

New Hours starting July 1:

  • Wednesday, 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday-Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm
  • Closed Monday & Tuesday

Shop Online


Visits remain FREE! We accept donations from those who are able and want to give. You can donate at time of reservation or at any time on our website here:   


Group visit reservations are available on a limited basis.

Click here for adult groups.

Click here for camp and youth groups.

For questions, please contact

All in-person family programming is cancelled until further notice. Check out our Resource Center to find at-home nature education activities for all ages


PARKING: We have FREE parking in the Visitor’s Parking Lot just south of the Conservatory entrance., as well as Bike Corrals and a Divvy bike station in front of the building on Central Park Avenue.

You can also take the Green Line to the Conservatory Stop. You won’t miss us, we’re the huge glass building just north of Lake Street on the West side of the street.



The Garfield Park Conservatory is committed to providing a quality experience for all visitors. If you would like to request an accommodation for an upcoming visit, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance by emailing or calling 773-638-1766. Learn more about accessibility at the Conservatory.