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The Conservatory will start accepting reservations from the public on Saturday, March 13 

The Chicago Park District and the Lincoln Park Conservancy announce the reopening of Lincoln Park Conservatory, starting on March 13 (for volunteers and members), and March 26 (to the general public), with new social distancing and safety and health protocols in place. The Conservatory will start accepting reservations from the general public to visit its global plant collection on Saturday, March 13 at Timed-entry will be available during the new hours of operation; Friday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admittance is free. Donations are being accepted to offset the costs of supervised visitation.

“We’re excited to welcome everyone back to this historic facility that will provide an escape to nature to the millions that live in and visit Chicago,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent & CEO Michael Kelly. “Safety and health precautions have been taken to make everyone’s visit a worthwhile experience, and protect our staff and visitors alike.”

“We are delighted to be able to partner with the park district to reopen the Conservatory in these challenging times,” said Doug Widener, Executive Director of the Lincoln Park Conservancy.  “Nature can be such a soothing balm for stress.”

Safety Guidelines

The Conservatory aims to continue steadfast in its mission to connect people with nature safely through the flora and fauna found in its indoor green spaces. The facility will open at limited capacity based on the Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health Covid-19 health guidelines for implementing new business operation protocols. All visitors and staff are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times and to social distance while touring the facility. To help ensure social distancing, the path through the Conservatory will be one way. The District also urges patrons to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid touching their face with unwashed hands and covering their noses and mouths when sneezing or coughing. Also, anyone who is feeling unwell should stay home, per Chicago Department Public Health order.


Reservations are limited to 60 minutes for parties of up to eight people and all visits must be pre-booked online, in advance for a specified date and time to manage the number of visitors. Entrances and exits will be clearly posted and visitor movement will be one-way throughout the Conservatory. At this time, reservations can be made up to 14 days in advance. Last entry is an hour prior to the scheduled closing time and no late entries will be allowed. The Park District and the Conservancy will closely monitor local and state guidelines regarding Covid-19.   

Important Dates:
•    Wednesday, March 10: Members and volunteers
•    Saturday, March 13: General public

•    March 13: Members and volunteers
•    March 26: General public

2021 Spring Flower Show “Pretty in Pink” 

Conservatory horticulture staff has been working hard on the design for the 2021 Spring Flower Show, which will launch as guests are welcomed back into the greenhouse. The Lincoln Park Conservatory’s 2021 Spring Flower Show “Pretty in Pink” will run from Saturday, March 13 through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9.  The display celebrates this quintessential spring color and features blooms from in many pink hues ranging from fuchsia to blush.  Flowers such as azaleas, hydrangeas, peonies, tulips and alyssum will fill the room with a rosy glow.  For details, click here.