Described as “landscape art under glass” when it opened in 1908, the conservatory, while being one of the largest in the world, also boasts revolutionary architecture. With the building’s haystack shape and walls of stratified stonework, landscape architect Jens Jensen considered the Fern Room in particular, with its “prairie waterfall”—a stone and water element within a glass structure—to be one of his greatest achievements. About 120,000 plants representing some 600 species occupy the conservatory’s 1.6 acres, and four times a year flower shows premiere to herald the change in seasons.
|Venue name:||Garfield Park Conservatory||Contact:|
300 N Central Park Ave
|Cross street:||at Fulton Blvd|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Tue 9am–5pm; Wed 9am–8pm; Thu–Sun 9am–5pm.|
|Transport:||El stop: Green to Conservatory/Central Park Drive. Bus: 20, 52, 82.|
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The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of my favorite places in Chicago. It's such a beautifully curated greenhouse that provides not only an escape from the city but when needed, an escape from the cold. In the summer the back garden is gorgeous. Aside from the stunning collection of plants and florals, the Garfield Conservatory currently houses installations by Luftwerk that are a must see!
I love Garfield Park Conservatory. The sprawling grounds are home to all kinds of plant life you aren't likely to see elsewhere—at least not in Chicago. It's the perfect spot to escape to in winter. And it's free!
This is hands down my favorite place in all of Chicago. Built in the early 20th century by Jens Jensen, it embodies the idea of "landscape art under glass." You can find everything from cacti to palms to ferns to aroids all tucked into this West Side location. In the summer, a set of Monet-inspired gardens are in full bloom. If you want to escape the pollution of the city and breathe some truly fresh air, hop on the Green Line and head to Garfield Park.