Garfield Park Conservatory
Thanks to its location in the less-than-media-friendly West Side, Garfield Park Conservatory was always one of Chicago’s underused gems. But all that changed this year with the blockbuster Dale Chihuly glass-sculpture exhibit. It’s worth returning after Chihuly’s gone, especially in the winter, when its warm, vegetated character on a subzero February day is conducive to tropical fantasies. Garfield Park Conservatory, opened in 1907 as a “work of landscape art under glass” by its creator Jens Jensen, is nothing less than a horticultural marvel, where 300,000 plants are grown annually.
300 North Central Park Boulevard (773)746-5100
Best of Chicago 2002