In this video we visit Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, one of the largest greenhouse conservatories in the United States & a botanical paradise in Chicago. It is located in the Garfield Park neighborhood, on the West Side of Chicago.
Together we’ll see the palm house, fern room, desert house, and much more! The Garfield Park Conservatory has so many plants on display, from 300 year old ferns to succulents to flowers.
Garfield Park Conservatory’s address is 300 N Central Park Avenue
Can you answer the trivia question? How did Central Park Avenue get its name?
In the late 19th century, Chicago’s three West Side parks each had a conservatory of their own (Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, & Douglas Park). After 20 years of neglect, they were neglected and the decision was made to build the world’s largest greenhouse conservatory in Garfield Park Chicago.
The Garfield Park Conservatory was designed by Jens Jensen and was completed around 1908.
Visiting the Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the best things to do in Chicago during the winter, since it’s always warm and humid under the glass of the greenhouse.
This is one of Chicago’s hidden gems! Where else can you see palm trees, ferns, cacti, and many other tropical plants in the middle of a world class city?
My favorite way to get to the Garfield Park Conservatory is taking the CTA Green Line to the Conservatory / Central Park Dr stop.
The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of Chicago’s horticultural gems, similar to the Chicago Botanic Garden & Lincoln Park Conservatory.