Gardens in Chicago

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Gardens in Chicago

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  • Outofdodge_10
    Santa Fe, NM1,338 contributions
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    The Garfield Park Observatory is a beautiful place for an event with all of the indoor foliage. There is plenty of room to have dinner, dance and wander around the trees and flowers. About a block away, it can get a bit sketchy, so I thought it was better to Uber than park a car. Especially at night. Uber took care of that.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,277 contributions
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    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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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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    The Lurie Garden is a 2.5 acre section of Millennium Park that functions as something of a secret garden and place to enjoy nice flowering plants and views of the city skyline. It is located in the southeast corner of the Park near the E Monroe St. and S Columbus Dr. intersection.

    You'll find nice rows of hedges and variety of plants which bloom at different times of the year. We enjoyed a brief walk through Lurie Garden in route to the BP Pedestrian Bridge. Plenty of birds around and a fair number of cottontail rabbits hopping about. Was a nice touch having a bit of wildlife to go with this botanical area of Millennium Park.
    Written 10 May 2023
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  • Adam K
    Scottsdale, AZ27 contributions
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    This was a pleasant way to spend an hour. The parking lot is on Hayes, just east of Cornell drive. There aren’t many signs to the garden until after you park and start walking toward it. Parking was like $2 per hour. Cross the bridge to Wooded Island, for a nice nature walk and the real jewel is the Garden of the Phoenix. Kids had fun walking around.
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • psudino
    Weehawken, NJ4,368 contributions
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    This park is surrounded by highrises and is located just North of Millennium Park. I was walking back to my hotel and decided to take a detour through this park. The first thing that I noticed was how quiet it was. I suppose the tall buildings blocked the sounds of Lakeshore and Columbus, and effects were very peaceful.

    The lawns and paths were exceptionally well maintained. The buildings surrounding the area are clean and colorful and the Radisson is especially interesting. This can be a very peaceful place in the middle of the city.

    Since I was walking towards the DuSable Bridge I walked northwest in the park. To my surprise there was an intriguing staircase to get you to the main level. You can see in my picture that there is a garden in the center of a rather large circular staircase in which aesthetics was clearly on the mind of the designer.

    Overall, a very nice experience.
    Written 13 June 2022
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  • Constance
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    Best indoor plant and outdoor gardening center around. Huge variety of all kinds of plants, which are always in very good condition. Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff. After the annual and perennial areas are done for winter, I love to visit the greenhouse for a green 'pick me up'. Highly recommended!
    Written 29 May 2023
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  • Irina
    United States13,327 contributions
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    Plaza of The Americas is a public plaza in the central part of Chicago, on N Michigan Avenue; it is located between the Wrigley and Realtor buildings. The plaza was dedicated in 1963.

    The plaza features a statue of Benito Juarez, a prominent statesman and the 26th President of Mexico from 1858 till 1872. The statue of this distinguished president was designed by Julian Martinez. The plaza is decorated with the flags of the nations belonging to the Organization of American States. There's also a sculpture Wings of Mexico by artist Jorge Marin; this noticeable installation artwork was placed on the plaza in 2022 and is planned to be moved to different cities in the US.

    There are always many visitors at the Plaza of The Americas, which is a very important cultural symbol and a sign of recognition and respect of all Latin American cultures.
    Written 14 October 2023
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  • Karyn W
    Kansas City, MO1,597 contributions
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    This is a tiny bit of green and peace and outdoor art in the city with some cool sculptures. It was just a few blocks from our hotel so we stopped by.

    There are some neat large sculptures, they all have a sinister feel to them. (we did only visit during daylight hours). But I thought they were all sort of cool. There were three werewolf type figures, and a table that made me think it was for sacrifices. A little door, that didn't actually open, made my husband and I joke it lead to another dimension.

    It was worth a slight walking detour to check it out, it's a cool sculpture garden.
    Written 27 June 2019
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  • beachcruizer77
    Stoughton, WI411 contributions
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    A nice clean little park in the middle of the neighborhood with well kept grounds. I'm not sure If go out of my way to come here but if your in the neighborhood, stop by
    Written 18 October 2019
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