Garfield Conservatory, Chicago
Last Visit February 2008 for the Chocolate Festival
Garfield Park is on the west side of Chicago, the surrounding area is a little rough but it is worth the trip over to the area to see the Garfield Conservatory. The CTA Green Line el goes to the Conservatory-Central Park Drive Station which is 1/2 block south of the entrance, I wouldn't hesitate to go via el (subway) during daytime hours on the weekend. When you exit the station, the conservatory is NOT the gold domed building, that is the field house, go the opposite direction. If you drive, there is a lot or plenty of street parking.
During the year there are special exhibits going on here, the Chiluhly glass exhibit in 2001/2002 was the one that put the Garfield Conservatory back on the radar for Chicagoans and tourists and "Niki in the Garden" in 2007 was also very popular, there are also annual events such as the Valentine's weekend Chocolate Festival and the spring and holiday flower shows that are worth going to see as well.
The conservatory is free although there is a suggested donation during the period when there are exhibitions such as Chiluhly.
For some more pictures of Niki in the Garden, please see my travelogue
Pretty interesting place, especially for photographers - a chance to snap a few close-ups of exotic flowers, etc.
With its current exhibiton (Niki in the Garden) of 30 weird and colorful sculptures, it makes a great playground for kids.
DAYS: Every Day.
HOURS: 9 am - 5 pm, Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm.
PRICE: Free, but suggested donation during the time of exhibits is $5 per person.
LOCATION: Conviniently located right next to Green line Conservatory-Central Park stop.
The Garfield Conservatory is located directly west of the downtown core of Chicago. It's a fabulous place, displaying plants from all over the world.
A great place to spend an afternoon!
Their address is:
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60624
Here's a map.
Garfield Conservatory (Chihuly exhibits) Green line destination Lake; stop at Central Park station. The conservatory is breathtaking -especially at night. Their are little lagoons and exquisite flowers everywhere. Private nooks and crannies are present everywhere. The glass exhibit heightens this beauty.