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Garfield Park Conservatory Photo courtesy of Garfield Park Conservatory
  • 300 N Central Park Ave

    Chicago, IL 60624

  • Phone: 312-746-5100


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A serene, tranquil setting is the trademark of one of the world's largest indoor gardens but it's also a great place for kids of all ages, too. The Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden is open during normal hours. As kids enter the garden they are greeted by a giant, meandering vine with larger-than-life sized roots. A 7-foot-tall seed begs to be climbed (climbing is encouraged) and kids love to touch the Sensitive Plant which is so shy it cringes when touched. Another favorite is the Balsa Tree which emits a hollow sound when its trunk is tapped. The youngest set have their own place to explore colors and textures of soft-form blocks and play rings in the special permanent Crawling Area.

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Megy Karydes

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Eat before you visit or pack a lunch. The options at the Conservatory and in the surrounding neighborhood are very limited."


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