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Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago

#8 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Positioned near the shore of Lake Michigan, the Lincoln Park Conservatory (1.2 ha / 3 acres) is a conservatory and botanical garden in Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. The conservatory is located at 2391 North Stockton Drive just south of Fullerton Avenue, west of Lake Shore Drive, and part of the Lincoln Park, Chicago community area. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and the North Pond Nature Sanctuary are further to the north along Stockton Drive. Along with the Garfield Park Conservatory on Chicago's west side, the Lincoln Park Conservatory provides significant horticultural collections, educational programs and community outreach efforts.
Lincoln Park Conservatory is a Victorian Era glass house, built in late nineteenth century. It contains four rooms displaying exotic plants from around the world. Rare orchids, like the Moth orchid, can be found in the Orchid room.

A formal garden is situated in front of the Conservatory; one of the oldest public gardens in Chicago, designed and planted in the late 1870s. Since its foundation, the Formal Garden has been the home of many sculptors and works of art. The most famous are the Bates fountains, the Schiller monument, along with Sir George Solti's bust, which was relocated to Grant Park in 2006. The well-known Shakespeare monument is located across the street in the Grandmother's Garden, which was formerly known as Old English Garden. The Formal Garden is planted between May and June. Though the peak viewing time is between July and August, the display lasts till mid-October.
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  • Such a great escape from the hustle of the city. my wife absolutely loves this place. They have palms, orchids, and ferns galore.  more »
  • Free Conservatory with free street parking. Multiple rooms with paths that can accommodate strollers and wheelchairs. Most plants and foliage have signs so you can learn about them. Two of the...  more »
  • Wonderful botanical garden with free admission and free street parking located in Lincoln Park. What more could one ask for? The zoo is just down the block. The park is vast open space filled with a beautiful fountain and a plethora of flowers. The conservatory itself is stunning and gives off very tranquil vibes. I’m sure the place is usually packed but I went on a Sunday morning when it opened at 9 am and no one else was there. Recommend for families, couples, literally anyone who actually appreciates botany and nature.
  • The fact that it's free, makes it 100x better! The place is just awe inspiring! I took so many amazing photos in there and it really is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. It is VERY well maintained and cared for, and the selection of plants and flowers are beautiful! My personal favorite room was the orchid room, I never knew there are so many different types of orchids. Definitely a place to go if you need to get away from the city for a bit and if you just love plants in general. OH, and did I mention it's FREE??

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