On the west side of Chicago there is a tropical escape just waiting to be discovered.
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.
Paths wind through different houses and you never know when you’ll turn the corner and see a gorgeous waterfall.
Or find a Moroccan fountain that is the perfect spot for a snuggle and a pic.
There is even a dessert house. As soon as we walked in Will yelled, “ This is just like Arizona!” And it totally is.
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.
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.
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.