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Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory Review
Escape winter's cold or revel in summer sunshine inside this huge "landscape art under glass" structure housing tropical palms, spiny cacti, and showy blooms. A children's garden is filled with climbable leaf sculptures and a tube slide that winds through trees. The "Sugar from the Sun" exhibit focuses on the elements of photosynthesis—sunlight, air, water, and sugar—in a full-sensory environment filled with spewing steam, trickling water, and chirping sounds. And don't miss the historic Jens Jensen–designed Fern Room with its lagoon, waterfalls, and profusion of ferns. Events include botanical-themed fashion shows, seasonal flower shows, and great educational programing. In 2011 hail damaged the Fern Room, Show House, and portions of the Desert House where the blooms are located. Repairs are scheduled for summer 2013.
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Where: Chicago with a friend and her pre-teen daughters
When: Two days in February 2014
Why: After being housebound by what seemed to be a never-ending winter (enough already!), it was time to bundle Read more
In December 2013/January 2014 my wife and I did a three week trip to the USA, with the aim of experiencing a proper North American winter. Read more
We've never been to Chicago other than changing planes.
We'd like to go for a few days but that's a lot of flying to spend 3-4 days in one place.
Any add-ons in the area?
Thanks. Read more
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