In the Victorian Age, Chicagoans became quite fascinated with assemblages built of iron and glass that gave shelter to a staggering array of plant life for general consumption in any season, no matter how dire the weather. Built between 1890 and 1895, the Lincoln Park Conservatory continues to offer visitors and locals ample reason to make a pilgrimage to the Lincoln Park neighborhood to experience their four wonderful display halls.
Along with the tremendous array of flowering plants, one is also exposed to visitors from Serbia to Sterling, Illinois who have been drawn close to the many wonders here. Before stepping inside, you may wish to examine the formal gardens, which happen to be some of the oldest in the city. It's a nice prelude to beginning your visit and it's also a lovely place to have a lunch or to sit and watch people stroll or jog by.
As you make your way inside, you'll find a wealth of wonders inside the Palm Room, which is the first of four primary display houses at the Conservatory. Here you'll find dozens of stunning palms, along with favorites like the twister fern and the bright reds of the firebird plant.
Moving along, you should not miss the stunning Orchid Room, which is a delight for folks with a green thumb or those people who seek to examine this rather unusual members of the plant family. Additionally, there are some nice benches along the way for folks who seek a moment of respite or who might be looking to get that perfect photo.
After your visit, it's a no-brainer that you might want to wander over to the Lincoln Park Zoo to check out the exhibits as well. My top nod goes to the red pandas, which are rather curious creatures. And if you're feeling peckish, you might wander a few blocks away to the one and only R.J. Grunts, which is distinguished by the best salad bar in Chicago and some fine hamburgers.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N Stockton Dr.
Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
L is for Lincoln Park Conservatory is part of an ongoing series exploring Chicago from A to Z, highlighting a unique Chicago place and theme for each letter of the alphabet. Check out the past posts and stay tuned for more entries.
Photos courtesy of Adam Alexander, Chicago Park District & Max Grinnell