Photo courtesy of Chicago Park District
Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes
Photo courtesy of Megy Karydes

Garfield Park

Type: Gardens, Parks

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A serene, tranquil setting is the trademark of one of the world's largest indoor gardens. The conservatory, built in 1908, displays plants in natural settings, and its permanent collections are sheltered in plant houses that recreate appropriate climates from around the world. The Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden provides a fun and comfortable setting for families. A giant, meandering vine with larger-than-life sized roots provides opportunities for children to play while learning about plants. Special events, including kids' activities, are a regular feature. It also boasts outdoor gardens suited for exploring and a gift shop. Recently added is the "Persian Pool", sixteen yellow lily pads surrounding a serene lagoon, which was created by the world acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly expressly for the Aroid House. The Desert House holds one of the region's most varied collections of cacti and succulents. It's a gem in Chicago not to be missed.


100 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

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Expert Tips by Megy Karydes

Chicago Local Expert

Parks: "Take a photo on the larger than life wooden bench."

Best for Parks Because: The Garfield Park Conservatory is a year-round refuge for those in need of a dose of greenery, especially during the dreary winter months.

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