After our busy day so far, it's time to slow down a bit and take a break, and there is nowhere better to do that than the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Located at the north end of the zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory was built over the course of 5 years between 1890 and 1895, and features four serene greenhouses -- the Orchid House, the Fernery, the Palm House, and the Show House, all displaying fantastic arrays of flora.
Each greenhouse has its own unique features; the Orchid House is home to over 20,000 versions of the orchid species, the Fernery features ferns and other native plants that grow on the forest floor, the Palm House is a tall domed structure with a 100-year-old rubber tree that stands 50-feet tall, and the Show House has a constantly rotating display, and hosts four flower shows throughout the year.
In summer months, venture outdoors and you'll find a lush French garden filled with a large variety of plants and flowers, and a beautiful fountain. Many Chicago residents utilize this space to sit and read, toss a football around, or let their kids run freely. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a great place to stop, relax, and take in the beauty of nature.Essentials:
- Address: 2391 N. Stockton Dr.
- Phone: 312-742-7736
- Open 9am - 5pm, 365 days a year
- Free admission
Now that you have your serenity back in order, lets head across the street to the nature museum!