Summer is short but sweet in Chicago, which can make each and every one of us long for beautiful blooms to surround ourselves with. Luckily for us, there are tons of indoor Chicagoland gardens that are always warm and inviting, even when the Polar Vortex is roaring it’s ugly head. Keep these indoor Chicagoland gardens on your “to do” list for any time you feel the need to stop and smell the roses.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Parking: Free lot
Admission: Free (donations encouraged)
Can’t miss: The two story slide and other play areas inside the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, as well as the jaw droppingly beautiful art displays mixed within the beautiful landscaping. We especially love the fern room and seeking out waterfalls.
Special Activities: Be sure to print off the free scavenger hunt before you head to the conservatory any day of the year. Other events include story time and crafts as part of Monday Morning Glories, animal encounters in the evenings on Wild Wednesdays, as well as family friendly programming on Fiddle head Family weekends.
Oak Park Conservatory
Admission: Free (donations of $5 a person suggested)
Can’t miss: The vast desert and tropical rooms. The perfect place to warm up on a cold and dreary day in Chicago.
Chicago Botanic Gardens
Parking: $20/$25 per car
Can’t miss: The warm greenhouses that are home to topiaries, blooming orchids, and hundreds of other stunning flora.
Special activities: Story time for kids on Monday mornings, scavenger hunt sheets available at the front desk. During the holidays, be sure to visit the gorgeous Wonderland Express!
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Parking: Street and limited lot, public transportation is recommended
Admission: Free (donations requested)
Can’t miss: The numerous ponds and water features located throughout the conservatory.
Special activities: Annual flower shows.
Friendship Park Conservatory
Can’t miss: The animals that live on the grounds, from the birds outside to the fish inside.
Special activities: The park district holds many different events at the conservatory, including a meet and greet with Santa during the holidays as well as programming for nature lovers of all ages.
Hope that these beautiful gardens help you survive this winter and get you excited for the beauty of Spring to come! Looking for other ways to survive the winter? Check this guide out.
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