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Tuesday, 20 December 2011 09:32

Chicago Indoor Gardens Chase Away Old Man Winter

Written by  Taylor Miller
Garfield Park Conservatory's Fern Room Garfield Park Conservatory's Fern Room

Garfield Park Conservatory Reopens After Summer Hail Damage

The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of Chicago’s oldest and largest indoor gardens, and they have always prided themselves on being open every day of the year for patrons to enjoy. However, it suffered extensive hail damage to the glass panels on the ceilings this past summer, leaving many areas inaccessible to patrons while the plants and buildings were repaired and replaced. Thankfully for Chicago horticulture enthusiasts, a good number of the Conservatory’s largest and most popular exhibits and areas will still be open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with later hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m for patrons to view and enjoy while repairs are being made.

Areas Open to the Public:

  • Fern Room
  • Palm House
  • Sugar From the Sun
  • Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden
  • Show House
  • Horticulture Hall
  • Monet Garden
  • Sensory Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • City Backyard Garden
  • City Garden


Enjoy a Tropical Chicago Paradise at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier

Another great way to forget about stark, cold winter is to go somewhere and pretend you’re in a warm, tropical climate. The Crystal Gardens at the east end of Navy Pier’s Family Pavilion will make you feel like you’ve stepped into another climate zone. Enjoy stunning views of the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and the Chicago skyline as you walk around the temperate six-story glass atrium. The Crystal Gardens features a one-acre palm court with over 70 full-sized palm trees, as well as a variety of other exquisite flowers and plants amidst dancing fountains. Sit back and enjoy this tropical paradise right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Navy Pier.

Lincoln Park Conservatory Offers an Oasis in the Heart of the City

The Lincoln Park Conservatory has been a fixture in Chicago for over 100 years, right in the heart of Lincoln Park. Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., patrons can enjoy exotic plants and flowers free of charge. The architecture of the Conservatory was designed to enhance an appreciation of nature right in the heart of the city, which is achieved throughout its four display houses. Wander through each division of the Conservatory to observe the diverse beauty of the Palm House, the Fern House, the Orchid House, and the Show House (home to annual flower shows). City dwellers can find a beautiful, tropical haven right in the heart of Chicago at the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

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Look for the hidden glass art pieces given to the conservatory by Dale Chihuly.