On the west side of Chicago there is a tropical escape just waiting to be discovered.  

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The Garfield Park Conservatory is just the January escape we needed. When you walk through the doors you can feel the warmth. It is bright and light even on a cloudy day. The Conservatory first opened in 1908 and some plants are more than 100 years old. 

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Paths wind through different houses and you never know when you’ll turn the corner and see a gorgeous waterfall.  

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Or find a Moroccan fountain that is the perfect spot for a snuggle and a pic. 

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There is even a dessert house. As soon as we walked in Will yelled, “ This is just like Arizona!” And it totally is. 

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The Children’s Garden has plants little hands can touch and a huge slide. Both were perfect for my energetic guy who burned off energy and worked up a sweat running up and down the stairs. 

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The Garfield Park Conservatory has a free parking lot and entrance is free with a recommended donation of $5 for adults and $3 for kids. There are tons of programs and special events including yoga, kids concerts and much more.  

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We might make this a weekly trip for the rest of the winter. I can’t tell you have rejuvenated we felt after spending the morning at the Conservatory!  For more information visit GarfieldConservatory.com. 

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