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Lincoln Park Conservatory

Address

2391 N. Stockton Dr.

Neighborhood

Lincoln Park

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 4pm

Family Friendly Long Lines Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Joseph Lyman Silsbee, 1895

Description

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.

Visitor Experience

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