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Garfield Park Conservatory

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Address: 300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624
Phone Number:
+1 312-746-5100
09:00 - 17:00
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Wed 09:00 - 20:00
Thu - Tue 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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Plants, plants, and more plants

This is an amazing little rainy day gem. I popped in here before catching a flight back home and it was amazing. Very well thought out and beautifully executed. I would... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2016
Enrique L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Padua, Italy
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Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Not as good as I imagined. Since it isn't really in downtown Chicago, I would recommend it's visit only if you're already in the area. Anyway it's free, and it can be interesting to spend 5-10 minutes there

Thank Leo M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

This is an amazing little rainy day gem. I popped in here before catching a flight back home and it was amazing. Very well thought out and beautifully executed. I would actually suggest making a little detour to this site if you're a plant/greenhouse lover.

Thank Enrique L
Delaware, Ohio
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

A great place to visit on a cold/windy/rainy day. The buildings were very well kept, everything was exceptionally neat and clean. The flowers and plants were gorgeous, and the employees were outstanding. Everyone working there was friendly and would take the time to answer any questions you might have about any given subject, from the history of the buildings to... More 

1 Thank Ted S
Palmas, TO
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Enjoy a visit at Garfield Park Conservatory to see a great variety of natural plants. Keep in mind to spend at least two hours to enjoy it properly.

1 Thank Leandro B
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

This is a great place to go on a cold or rainy day in Chicago. It is spectacular inside and out. The tropical plants are lush and healthy; there were blooming succulents when we were there that we had never seen before. Fascinating history and beautiful architecture.

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Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

What to do on a rainy spring day in Chicago? Head to the Garfield Park Conservatory, the 108-year-old glass house with enough plants to make a horticulturist's head swim. When it was built in 1908, it was considered state-of-the-art, sheltering a global variety-pack of plants and trees, most planted in situ. Admission is free but volunteers point out the suggested... More 

1 Thank Sarah V
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

I'm afraid to write this review because I want the GPC all to myself, Beauty everywhere both inside and outside. What a lovely way to take the love of your life on a date where money (other than a donation you should make) isn't needed. You could stroll the indoor facilities (fern room my favorite) them head outside (weather permitting)... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

This is easy to get to by El train or car. We drove and spent a wonderful winter's day nice and toasty inside. The exhibit spaces are incredible. When you think of the history of the Conservatory, the variety of climates and plants represented, and the beautiful paths to meander inside, it's one of our favorite places to visit when... More 

Thank RoaminChicagoBoys
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Most tourist do not know of this place located on the west side of Chicago, It is so nice to visit, plus it gives you an opportunity to see a little of city life in Chicago as you drive there. It is worth the trip

Thank doreen h
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Hidden Gem on the west Side of Chicago. The Fern Room is amazing - it transports you to a distant place and time. Jurassic Park could be filmed here. Great winter escape.

Thank Bonnie H

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