Dating back to the 1980s, the Lincoln Park Conservatory transports visitors to another time. This conservatory specializes in tropical palms and ancient ferns and grows the thousands of plants used in Chicago’s parks. Visitors explore four display houses – the Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House, and Show House. The Show House holds the annual flower shows. The Conservatory is located in famous Lincoln Park, making it an accessible natural getaway within the city.
The Conservatory was building phases between 1890 and 1895. It has undergone renovations over the last century, mostly to update the technology used to house, grow, and showcase the plants. The Conservatory was designed in the Victorian tradition. The building is glass with intricate trusses in the style of ogee – or S-shaped – arches.
The Lincoln Park Conservatory is open from 9am to 5pm every day. There are three facilities – the Conservatory Greenhouse, Conservatory Garden, and Conservatory Clubroom. The outdoor gardens enjoy their peak viewing times in July and August, and the displays end around mid-October. Docent-led tours are available. There is no admission to the Lincoln Park Conservatory.