Out and About with Compass: Garfield Park Conservatory

Posted by Emma Johnson on 4/7/16 9:30 AM

Topics: Local Focus & Events

Garfield Park Conservatory is located in the neighborhood of Garfield Park in Chicago. This conservatory houses lovely plants of all kinds, and whether you enjoy botany and gardening as a hobby, or have a black-thumb, there is something to be enjoyed by everyone! It’s perfect for those spring days when you want to be outside and in nature, but can’t due to the weather.  Best of all, it's an affordable activity for a family! Entry is advertised as free, but they suggest a donation to help keep the facility beautiful.


This conservatory states that their mission is to “examine, explore, experiment with, and explain our relationship with plants.” There are thousands of species of plants in their display houses, all divided by species, from the Desert House to the Fern Room. There’s even an area called the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, where kids can enjoy exploring oversized plant roots, a large meandering vine, and big flowers.

This is a perfect place to spend a quiet afternoon amongst all the beautiful greenery, but if you’d like even more information, they offer free tours around the conservatory. There are also a multitude of activities happening every day, many of which are family-friendly. Each Monday they host a program called “Morning Glories” where children are invited to explore different stations that invite them to learn and understand more about plants, dirt, and animals. If you’re looking for something geared more towards adults, they’ve got that too! In May, they will host an event called “Beer Under Glass” where you can enjoy all the conservatory has to offer while sipping craft brews! Go check them out!

When you visit, be sure to tag your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #outandaboutwithcompass so we can see how you're enjoying the conservatory! Have fun!

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