Lincoln Park Conservatory

Looking for a way to inject some beauty and calm into your hurried day?  Then look no further than the gorgeous Lincoln Park Conservatory.  Located in a beautiful parkway outside the Lincoln Park Zoo, it is a wonderful and FREE way to relax and reconnect with nature.  It is especially perfect on a chilly or gloomy day, since the conservatory is kept at a toasty temperature in order to accommodate sensitive and beautiful plants like orchids and orange trees.

If you have little water lovers like I do, be sure to seek out the ponds and waterfalls located throughout the conservatory.  Most have enormous lily pads and other unique vegetation, as well as vibrant fish, swimming throughout.


Since there are some stairs that take you from room to room in the conservatory, I highly recommend baby wearing and simply leaving your stroller outside.  Based on the conservatory’s size, it can be enjoyed under an hour, and it is a great way to start or end your visit to Lincoln Park Zoo.

As mentioned earlier, the conservatory is nestled next to a beautiful park and water fountain, where tons of Chicagoans go to soak up the sun, enjoy the water feature, nosh on a picnic…the opportunities are endless.


If you have to drive to visit this congested area of Lincoln Park, be sure to look into Park Whiz to help you reserve a discounted parking spot.

Be sure to use the code n8yvx527 to receive 5% off your first use of the Park Whiz app or website.

Looking for other greenhouse options?  Then be sure to check out the world renown Chicago Botanic Gardens, as well as my favorite hidden gem, The Friendship Park Conservatory. Or simply search “conservatory” or “gardens” in the search box.


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  1. Victoria says

    What beautiful photos. This would be a lovely place to visit. If I am ever in the area I will make sure to stop by and check it out. Im not sure if the kids would enjoy it but I definitely would!

  2. Dogvills says

    What a beautiful park. Your photos are amazing. This is the kind of place I would love to bring my kids and grand kids to. They can learn so much and have fun at the same time.

  3. Jeska says

    First off, love you site name! Its hilarious! Secondly, this looks like a really cute conservatory! I’m no where near there to check it out but I will definitely have to add it to my list of places to visit. My boys would probably love it there!

  4. Pauline C. says

    Your photos are so cool! Thank you for taking time to share them with us. I love parks like these but I am nowhere near them at the moment but I will definitely want to visit soon!

  5. Tammilee Tips says

    This looks like an amazing park to visit! I love finding places like this to photograph the flowers in the parks. The scenery looks so calm and relaxing, I so could see myself wondering there, I had never heard of it before.

  6. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    Oh what a beautiful place to visit, I bet it was hot in there! When I read Lincoln Park I immediately thought of the band! It’s so lovely that there’s so many free things to do in your area, so many fun things too. I love this idea of reconnecting with nature, fantastic!

  7. Abundant Journeys says

    Lincoln Park is such a fun place to take the entire family. Chicago is just a fun place to spend a lot of time. Especially in the summer. It would be very difficult to get me there in the winter. Lol.

  8. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake says

    I can’t wait to visit Chicago – I hear from more and more of my friends what a fun place it is, and these photos speak volumes. It looks like the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a little bit of peace and quiet in the middle of all the hustle, and I love that! It’s definitely a place to add to my Chicago bucket list!

  9. Tiffany says

    How beautiful. I am always amazed how such bustling cities can hold secret treasures of greenery and beauty right in their midst. I love finding and getting to explore them. Thanks for sharing one I can add to my Must See list…

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