Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N. Stockton Dr.
Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 4pm
Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 4pm
Joseph Lyman Silsbee, 1895
Constructed between 1890 and 1895, the Lincoln Park Conservatory was designed by Joseph Lyman Silsbee in collaboration with M.E. Bell. A "paradise under glass," the Conservatory supports "a luxuriant tropical growth, blending the whole into a natural grouping of Nature's loveliest forms." When it opened, two artificially-heated lily pools were installed nearby, featuring aquatic plants propagated in Conservatory tanks. The lilies were so popular that, in 1897, the Egyptian government requested their seeds. While those lily pools are now gone, the pipes that heated them are still used to heat the Conservatory, including palm, fern, orchid, and show houses.
The Lincoln Park Conservancy, a partner of the Chicago Park District, is a non-profit organization at the forefront of historic conservation, ecological restoration, park programming and management.
Glimpse the historic headhouse and production greenhouses, normally closed to the public. See where plants are cared for and learn about plans for upcoming shows. Please note: All behind the scenes areas have ramps, but visitors are advised that these ramps are steep