Conservatory & Gardens

A Victorian Glass House

Visit the Lincoln Park Conservatory and step into beauty and tranquility. Feel the clean, oxygen-rich air. Smell the fragrant tropical flowers. See ancient ferns and towering palms. Experience the charm of a Victorian Era glass house. Built between 1890 and 1895, the historic Lincoln Park Conservatory displays lush, exotic plants from around the world in four display houses – The Palm House, Orchid House, Fern Room, and Show House. Venture outside to visit the Formal Garden, Bates Fountain, the Von Schiller Monument, the Old English-style Grandmother’s Garden, and the Shakespeare Monument.

2022 Hours 

Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – last entry at 2:00 pm

Admission is free with a suggested donation

Special Events:

Milkweed Monarch & Piping Plover – Explore the sounds of endangered species in Cook County with Eighth Blackbird and sound artist Kimberly Sutton in the Conservatory’s Show House. This immersive sound installation is free and open to all ages from September 1 through 12 with a live performance on September 10 from 1:00 – 2:00PM. Visit for more information.

They’re back! The Experimental Sound Studio’s Florasonic series has, for years, added a really cool layer to the Conservatory experience. There was a break during the pandemic, but the new piece will debut at the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The piece called “fell to fern” tells a story about a bird and a bed of ferns and moss. Learn more about the piece here: Florasonic – Fell to Fern. It runs through Sunday, September 25.


Answers to frequently asked questions about reopening here: FAQ

Get tickets and plan your visit here: Lincoln Park Conservatory Tickets

Man masters nature not by force but by understanding.

– Jacob Bronowski, Author (1908-1974)

The History

In 1874, Lincoln Park hired its first gardener and built what would be the conservatory’s first greenhouse. In 1887, the Formal Garden was added along with four additional greenhouses to support the garden, as well as the Eli Bates Fountain and the Von Schiller Monument. In 1889 the park commissioned renowned Victorian architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee and local architect M.E. Bell to design the conservatory building.

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