Chicago is sometimes described as a "City in a Garden" given its motto Urbs in Orto. In addition to its vast lakefront, numerous 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 Chicago greenhouses.
- 2391 N. Stockton Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60614
- Nearest 'L' train station: Fullerton (Red, Brown, Purple Line)
- Admission: FREE
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.
- 300 North Central Park Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60624
- Nearest 'L' train station: Conservatory-Central Park Drive (Green Line)
- Admission: FREE (suggested donation)
For a paradise experience in bustling Chicago visit the Garfield Park Conservatory, which boasts both display houses and outdoor gardens across its 14 acres.
Opened in 1908, the Garfield Park Conservatory was designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. Featuring rare and exotic plants from around the globe (5,000 varieties in total!), it remains one of the largest and most stunning public gardens under glass.
Its Palm House 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. In the Fern Room, discover more than 200 species of fern.
Be sure to check out their special events which include art installations, educational classes, annual flower shows, and free guided tours on select weekends.