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Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago

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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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  • A beautiful place but quite limited compared to other botanical gardens I have enjoyed, like in my home city of Glasgow. Still, a lovely place to wander round, and free to visit. 
    A beautiful place but quite limited compared to other botanical gardens I have enjoyed, like in my home city of Glasgow. Still, a lovely place to wander round, and free to visit.  more »
  • We enjoyed about an hour at the conservatory. It was beautiful and well-maintained. The staff were incredibly friendly. This is a great, free thing to do in the Lincoln Park area. 
    We enjoyed about an hour at the conservatory. It was beautiful and well-maintained. The staff were incredibly friendly. This is a great, free thing to do in the Lincoln Park area.  more »
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  • At present (May, 2021) the viewing experience is hobbled a bit; admission by ticket-only, limited capacity, etc. Normally a must-see for visitors to our fair city though. Parking is $28 bucks - a bit steep even for Chicago, but you can get it Much cheaper on Park Whiz, if you're willing to walk a block or so. If you're really lucky and blessed you may find street parking on Cannon or Stockton, but I wouldn't bet on it.
  • Beautiful plants and flowers. Very nice place but you have to schedule a visit now. It's easy to do it through your phone. If you need help, someone at the door will help you. They are great people.

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