Fodor's Expert Review Garfield Park Conservatory

West Loop Garden/Arboretum Fodor's Choice

Escape winter's cold or revel in summer sunshine inside this huge "landscape art under glass" structure, which houses tropical palms, spiny cacti, and showy blooms. A children's garden has 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. Don't miss the historic Jens Jensen–designed Fern Room with its lagoon, waterfalls, and profusion of ferns. On-site events include botanical-themed fashion shows, seasonal flower shows, and great educational programing.

Garden/Arboretum Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, Illinois  60624, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, Thurs.–Tues. 9–5, Wed. 9–8

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