Park Tours

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory

Discover two of Lincoln Park’s greatest treasures: the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. We offer limited private group tours. For more information, please contact our Manager of Docent Programs.

Lily Pool: Lose yourself in the Lily Pool’s beauty while learning about its history, architecture, and Caldwell’s vision behind the landscape. Our $2.4 million restoration with the Chicago Park District made the Lily Pool the park’s only site with National Historic Landmark status. The Lily Pool is open seasonally from mid-April to mid-November.

Conservatory & Gardens: Rediscover the Victorian Era in the Conservatory’s soaring Palm House, meditative Fern Room, exotic Orchid House, and Seasonal Showroom. Learn about the Conservatory’s vast collection of plants and trees from around the world. The Conservatory is open year-round, including holidays, but hours are limited and tickets are required. Reserve tickets in advance on Eventbrite. Please arrive at the start of your hour-long visit, or your ticket may be given to another visitor.

Lincoln Park Conservancy

Wildflower Walks at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary and Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Join us for guided tours of the beautiful wildflowers around the North Pond Nature Sanctuary or the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. Enjoy a relaxing walk while learning about native wildflowers and how to identify them. Each month features different wildflower species in bloom. These easy 45-to-60 minute walks begin at 10 a.m. and are great for beginners as well as experienced nature lovers and are geared toward adults. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Summer Food Tour Series at the Lincoln Park Conservatory

Join us for guided tasting tours through the Lincoln Park Conservatory! Our expert docents lead guests on a sensory-filled exploration of the edible plants in the Conservatory, fully immersing the senses on this interactive tour with delicious samples to smell, touch, and taste. Guests will learn more about the plants, the foods they provide, and some of the ways people around the world use them. Tours are offered on select Sunday mornings in June, July, and August. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
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