Lincoln Park Conservatory
Lincoln Park Conservatory
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A Chicago institution for more than a century, the Conservatory's Main Garden blooms with more than 40,000 annuals.
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  • John K
    Costa Mesa, California2,447 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and peaceful
    Great little complex of greenhouses. Free entry but you still must make a reservation. I showed up mid-afternoon without a res, but was able to book online while standing in the entry. Very nice collection of tropical plants. Nice fern room and orchid room. If you enjoy this type of place, as I do, plan to spend 60-90 minutes here. There is a donation box on the way out, and you can also give online by credit card. 
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 August 2023
  • TrailBlazer774531
    Potomac, Maryland36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Me and my wife decided to visit as we were exploring Chicago. Absolute amazed by the beauty. Free admission, but you just have to make an online reservation. You can see plants/trees from different parts of the world. Environment is serene and nice climate control. Absolutely stunning and must visit place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Pam T
    Mansfield, Ohio292 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderland of plants from around the Globe.
    As soon as I entered the Conservatory the aroma of flowers wafted toward me. What a wonderful treat in winter! Colors abound everywhere. It was like leaving behind the cold chill of the outdoors and diving into a whole new world. I took off my coat and entered into the world of warmth and vibrance. So many things to see. My favorite? The orchid room. It also had a coy pond. I watched as the fish danced in the warm waters all the while seeing the orchids above. What a scene! From time to time, one could see fruits growing in the treetops. I even saw coffee beans! I most definitely will return here again. My only recommendation would be to have more locations to place donations. We were asked to do so when entering but I never saw where to put it. Entry staff could be more helpful in that matter.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 January 2024
  • Jill E
    Easley, South Carolina373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible beauty in the heart of the city
    What a glorious gem of beauty in the middle of the bustling city! And free! (We made the suggested donation of $10 per person, but it is not required for entry.) There are four beautiful rooms - palm; fern; show; and orchid. Each is filled - to the roof in some cases - with incredibly lush plants/flowers/trees. (The orchids are amazing!) There are a few benches throughout if you want to stop and soak up the beauty. The outdoor gardens are also included, though there wasn’t much to enjoy there during our visit, since it was still fairly cold. I suspect when in bloom, the outdoor areas are equally as lovely as the indoor. What a perfectly lovely way to spend an hour or so in Chicago! Highly recommend!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 April 2024
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never a bad time to smell the roses
    Though the peak viewing time to smell the flowers and admire the botanical gardens at the Lincoln Park Conservatory is between July and August, when you are in the neighborhood, there is never a bad time to visit one of the oldest public gardens in Chicago, which was designed and planted in the late 1870s, and everything that goes with it. Located at 2291 North Stockton Drive in Lincoln Park, south of Fullerton Avenue and west of Du Sable Lake Shore Drive, the Lincoln Park Conservatory makes for a thoroughly enjoyable family outing with the Lincoln Park Zoo situated next door and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool an the North Pond Nature Sanctuary further to the north along Stockton Drive. Established in 1877 and anchored at its present location since 1893, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a Victorian Era glass house that contains a vestibule, four rooms displaying exotic plants from around the world, including rare orchids like the Moth orchid that can be found in the Orchid Room, and 15 propagating and growing houses. The Palm House was built and opened to the public in 1892 and contains more than 12 different types of giant palms and rubber trees, including a 50-foot fiddle-leaf rubber tree planted in 1891. The Tropical Room, now called the Orchid Room, opened in 1895 and contains a collection of 25,000 natural species. The Fern Room, opened in 1895, contains plants of the forest floor, primarily a a vast collection of ferns and one of the most historical plants, the cycads, whose fossils date back at least 250 million years. The Show House or the Display House is used for seasonal flower exhibits. The Tropical Summer Show started on June 2 and ends on September 23. The Winter Flow and Train Show runs from November 24 through January 6. In addition to the flowers and trees and gardens, the Lincoln Park Conservatory also is home to several noteworthy sculptures and works of art. The most famous are the Bates fountains, the Schiller monument and the Shakespeare monument.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 June 2024
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Lincoln Park Zoo has reopened. So it gives young and old an opportunity to visit the zoo and the adjacent Lincoln Park Conservatory in one day of viewing Nature's loveliest forms, animal and botanical. Located at 2391 North Stockton Drive, south of Fullerton Avenue, west of Lake Shore Drive, in spacious Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a conservatory and botanical garden housed under a extraordinary Victorian Era glass dome which was built in 1893. The conservatory contains four rooms displaying exotic plants from around the world, including rare orchids. A formal garden, one of the oldest public gardens in Chicago, designed and planted in the late 1870s, is situated in front of the conservatory. Of special interest is the Palm House, which contains Garden Figure, a sculpture by Frederick Hibbard, and the Fern Room, which was opened in 1895 and contains plants of the forest floor, primarily a vast collection of ferns and one of the most historical plants, the cycads, whose fossils date back at least 250 million years. Other points of interest include the Schiller Monument, at the south end of the garden, which is a copy of an original monument to German poet Friedrich Schiller; the Eli Bates Fountain, also known as Storks at Play, which is located in the center of the formal garden, was installed in 1887 as a gift from Eli Bates, a wealthy Chicago businessman; and the Conifer Garden, trees and shrubs with needle-like leaves that bear cones, mostly evergreens, which is located along the west side and front of the conservatory.
Written 25 July 2021
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Kate S
246 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It is a nice little, free conservatory. You must register your visit in advance and they give you an hour to view the plants. It is very small and not as extravagant as other conservatories or botanical gardens, but it is very nice to visit while enjoying the zoo or park as well. Wouldn't go unless I was visiting those other places as well.
Written 7 April 2022
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thefriendlytraveler
Chicago62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
charming small conservatory and kind and helpful horticulturists. A few minutes of plant joy in the day.

But I'm wondering if they are working on changing this to a for-profit model. They are still looking for reservations online (I don't even know of another venue that requires this so long after COVID). Reminders for donations are numerous and pointed.

It's closed Monday and Tuesday, and only open 10 am to 3 the remaining 5 days. Was funding cut back by something forcing them to this scenario? With a longer day some people can avoid busy times if need be. Maybe they can charge admission and have it open freely?
Written 31 August 2022
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Though the peak viewing time to smell the flowers and admire the botanical gardens at the Lincoln Park Conservatory is between July and August, when you are in the neighborhood, there is never a bad time to visit one of the oldest public gardens in Chicago, which was designed and planted in the late 1870s, and everything that goes with it. Located at 2291 North Stockton Drive in Lincoln Park, south of Fullerton Avenue and west of Du Sable Lake Shore Drive, the Lincoln Park Conservatory makes for a thoroughly enjoyable family outing with the Lincoln Park Zoo situated next door and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool an the North Pond Nature Sanctuary further to the north along Stockton Drive. Established in 1877 and anchored at its present location since 1893, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a Victorian Era glass house that contains a vestibule, four rooms displaying exotic plants from around the world, including rare orchids like the Moth orchid that can be found in the Orchid Room, and 15 propagating and growing houses. The Palm House was built and opened to the public in 1892 and contains more than 12 different types of giant palms and rubber trees, including a 50-foot fiddle-leaf rubber tree planted in 1891. The Tropical Room, now called the Orchid Room, opened in 1895 and contains a collection of 25,000 natural species. The Fern Room, opened in 1895, contains plants of the forest floor, primarily a a vast collection of ferns and one of the most historical plants, the cycads, whose fossils date back at least 250 million years. The Show House or the Display House is used for seasonal flower exhibits. The Tropical Summer Show started on June 2 and ends on September 23. The Winter Flow and Train Show runs from November 24 through January 6. In addition to the flowers and trees and gardens, the Lincoln Park Conservatory also is home to several noteworthy sculptures and works of art. The most famous are the Bates fountains, the Schiller monument and the Shakespeare monument.
Written 5 June 2024
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Indiana655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Wow. Amazing little gem and with a history. Free admission which was a nice surprise. Lincoln Park Zoo around the corner when you are done.

Blooming flowers, plants and bushes like I was at the Masters. Hard to believe these hardy plants, trees , and orchids can thrive in the winter. In the summer this conservatory is open air. The smell and peacefulness is what amazes you too. A young man was on a bench reading. Relaxing, while the cold of Chicago was a few steps away.

Good for all ages.
Written 29 February 2020
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Claire B
Philadelphia, PA28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The conservatory is small, but well maintained. The staff was very friendly and helpful and eager to answer any and all questions. It's free, but you can make a donation. It was easy to reserve tickets online in advance (Covid precaution) and they did a great job spacing out visitors. Easy to reach by bus. Would visit again!
Written 1 July 2021
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Pam T
Mansfield, OH292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
As soon as I entered the Conservatory the aroma of flowers wafted toward me. What a wonderful treat in winter! Colors abound everywhere. It was like leaving behind the cold chill of the outdoors and diving into a whole new world. I took off my coat and entered into the world of warmth and vibrance. So many things to see. My favorite? The orchid room. It also had a coy pond. I watched as the fish danced in the warm waters all the while seeing the orchids above. What a scene! From time to time, one could see fruits growing in the treetops. I even saw coffee beans! I most definitely will return here again. My only recommendation would be to have more locations to place donations. We were asked to do so when entering but I never saw where to put it. Entry staff could be more helpful in that matter.
Written 31 January 2024
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WorldwideRover007
United States2,816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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 outhouses have stunning designs that leave you wanting more.
Written 31 July 2020
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Dave L
Queensbury, NY45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our daughter wanted to go here...so we figured we'd give it a shot! What a great place! Very relaxing with an amazing variety of plants, trees, and flowers. I'd recommend it...they also have a kid's area so the little ones will like it as well!
Written 18 February 2020
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DDM137
Columbus, OH156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We enjoyed our walk through this conservatory. The gardens and flora are beautiful and well taken care of. We appreciated that several of the fauna and flora were marked indicating its variety. We visited all areas of the Conservatory. We were there about 45mins to an hour. After this visit, we walked to the Lincoln Park Zoo. We would encourage a visit to the Zoo while in the area.
Written 16 May 2023
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