Chicago Park District
Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Conservatory

 
Lincoln Park Conservatory in the winter

Lincoln Park Conservatory in the winter

 
Spring Flower Show in the Show House

Spring Flower Show in the Show House

 
Fern Room

Fern Room

 
Orchid Room

Orchid Room

 
Palm House

Palm House

 

Lincoln Park Conservatory

2391 N Stockton Dr Chicago, IL 60614

Hours: 9am - 5pm daily

Park Supervisor:
Mary Eysenbach

312.742.7736

 
 
 

Description

Step inside and be transported to another place and time!  We invite you to take a journey to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where you will find tropical palms and ancient ferns right in the heart of Lincoln Park. Designed both to showcase exotic plants and grow the thousands of plants needed for use in the parks, the Conservatory offers visitors a tropical experience within its four display houses: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House, which is home to the annual flower shows. This historic facility continues to provide an escape to nature to the millions that live in and visit Chicago. No matter the time of year, Lincoln Park Conservatory is always green and lush. Come take a stroll and let yourself be transported away. Admission is free.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Conservatories & Greenhouses 2391 N. Stockton Dr. Ornamental 4 Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House, Show House. For rental information contact Joan Colon at (312) 746-5250. LEARN MORE.
Gardens 2391 N. Stockton Dr. Ornamental 1 Conifer Garden
Meeting/Event Space 2391 N. Stockton Drive Ornamental 1 For rental information contact Joan Colon (312) 746-5250
The Lincoln Park Commission constructed the Lincoln Park Conservatory in phases between 1890 and 1895, replacing a small greenhouse that dated from the 1870s.Nationally renowned architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee designed the Conservatory in collaboration with architect M.E. Bell. The park includes a second example of the work of each architect. Silsbee designed the Carlson Cottage, a ladies comfort station southeast of Café Brauer, and Bell designed the Rustic Shelter, located west of the North Pond, near Stockton Drive. During the early nineteenth century developments in iron and glass building technology led to the construction of conservatories in cities throughout Europe and the United States. Later in the century, as people were increasingly concerned about the ill effects of industrialization, they became fascinated with nature and interested in collecting and classifying plants. Large conservatories with display and exhibit rooms gained popularity, and Lincoln Park's small greenhouse no longer seemed sufficient. Architects Silsbee and Bell were commissioned to design a much more substantial building.Rendered in an exotic style, the new structure included palm, fernery, orchid, and show houses. A "paradise under glass," the Conservatory supported "a luxuriant tropical growth, blending the whole into a natural grouping of Nature’s loveliest forms."Historically, aquatic plants propagated in tanks in the Conservatory were planted outside, in artificially-heated lily ponds. The exotic plants were so popular that in 1897 the Egyptian government requested seeds from Lincoln Park's water lilies. The rocky-edged ponds once meandered along what is now the fence line of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

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