Chicago is sometimes described as a "City in a Garden." In addition to its vast parks and preserved green space, the city also maintains some of the most remarkable conservatories and botanical gardens in the nation. If you're looking to discover some of the rarest and most exotic plants on Earth, you can't miss these greenhouses.
Get a double dose of nature at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, conveniently located just steps away from the Lincoln Park Zoo. For over a century the greenhouse has been one of the most popular, free attractions for plant enthusiasts. Boasting a beautiful collection of orchids, palms, and seasonal flower displays, the conservatory will inspire your inner botanist.
The Spring Flower Show and Winter Train and Flower Show are beloved favorites. The four room conservatory is small enough to see everything in a single walkthrough. But take your time and let it soak in, so to speak.
For a paradise experience in bustling Chicago visit the Garfield Park Conservatory. Its Palm Room contains more than seven dozen varieties of palm trees. Listen to waterfalls, watch koi fish, and smell the pleasant fresh air of a flower filled nirvana.
Be sure to check out their special events which include a daily photo exhibit, flower shows, and during select weeks in the summer visit "The Garfield Goats" who graze the conservatory's prairie grass.