Garfield Park Conservatory
As one of the largest conservatories in the nation occupying 4.5 acres, the facility was designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. Thousands of plant species are on display throughout its eight rooms and magnificent outdoor floral gardens.
This is one of the biggest and most impressive conservatories in the country. There are other such places in the city, but none like this one. Just please do not hang around the area at night.
By far one of my favorite spots in Chicago. Free and simply a beautiful and visually pleasing space. Even a small area dedicated to toddlers and kids.
Just a block away, this beautiful space is open 365 days/yr. Its tropical environment is especially welcoming during the chilly winter months.
“Contemporary spot serving inventive American fare, run by a nonprofit that's combating homelessness.”
“Quirky chicken-forward, farm-themed restaurant with great food and amazing pie. ”
“Humbolt Park is a historical residential neighborhood filled to the brim with families, small businesses, and diverse restaurants. Humbolt Park is slowly becoming a trendy area of the city, yet still manages to have an original personality. "Drive along North Avenue between Western and Pulaski any day of the week and you are awed by the sight of Humboldt Park, its size and greenery and historic buildings and community gatherings. One of Chicago's 77 designated community areas, it is located on the West Side in a largely Puerto Rican neighborhood that is noted for its dynamic social and ethnic demographic change over the last 50 years. The 207-acre park is the centerpiece of the community. Named for Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist and geographer, the park features three major historical buildings--the Boat House, the Field House and the Historic Stables. The park was laid out in 1869. Over the years, the neighborhood was home to Scandinavians, then European Jews, then Polish, then Puerto Ricans, African Americans, Mexicans and other Latinos. In 1980, Puerto Ricans were the largest ethnic group in Humboldt Park. In 2001, they founded the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. In 2009, they moved the museum into the historic Humboldt Park stables and receptory. It is the only museum of its kind in the United States. Originally completed in 1895, the stables and receptory is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Chicago Landmark. The building's design highlights the Germanic character of the neighborhood in the 1890s and is a fanciful creation of various roofs, finials, brick and half-timbering. The park is bordered by North Avenue to the North, Western Avenue to the East, Pulaski Road to the West and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the South." We would not recommend walking too far west of the immediate neighborhood surrounding the park though as safety parameters are not universal.”
“Loungey local gathering place for pairing wine & beer with gastropub plates in homey-chic digs.”
“Millennium Park is definitely worth seeing. You can find a lot of historic and modern sights, as well as the Chicago Art Institute in the park. During the summer time you can enjoy concerts, festivals and outdoor activities out there.”