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Garfield Park Conservatory begins its phased reopening plan this week

The attraction's outdoor gardens open first, with indoor rooms to follow at a later date.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

One of Chicago's most beautiful green spaces is cautiously reopening this week. Garfield Park Conservatory revealed a four-phase plan to welcome back guests to its outdoor gardens, starting with residents who live within a half-mile of the attraction. Those neighbors will have received a pass in the mail, which allows their household entry to Garfield Park Conservatory's outdoor grounds in Phase 1, which kicked off on Wednesday, July 1.

Next week, as the conservatory moves into Phase 2 on July 8, members will also be able to access the outdoor spaces. (For reference, an individual membership goes for $60 per year or $5 per month.) The general public will be able to roam the plant house's exterior starting July 15, though you'll need to make a reservation in advance—look out for booking starting on July 8 at 9am. Phase 4, which will reopen the conservatory's indoor rooms, hasn't been assigned a date just yet. Here's a closer look at each phase:

Phase 1: Local residents with passes only, access to outdoor gardens only; July 1–5 from 11am to 7pm (closed July 6, 7)

Phase 2: Local residents and members only with timed entry, access to outdoor gardens only; July 8–12 from 11am to 7pm (closed July 13, 14)

Phase 3: General public with timed entry, access to outdoor gardens only; July 15

Phase 4: Opening of indoor rooms; date TBA.

It's also worth noting that the Garfield Park Conservatory is operating under new hours of 11am to 7pm Wednesday through Sunday; the attraction will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to give the staff time and space to complete necessary maintenance and plant upkeep. Reservations, which must be made in advance, grant guests access to the outdoor gardens for 90 minutes. Staff and visitors are required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth, and social distancing is required between parties.

Not familiar with the Garfield Park Conservatory's outdoor gardens? There's 10 acres to explore and plenty of wildlife to peep—take a look at the full rundown before you make your reservation.

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