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Tour Chicago's Cultural and Botanical Gem

Imagine strolling through prehistoric ferns, stepping across trickling waterfalls, and experiencing a botanic haven where your children can play, laugh, and learn. Discover a world under glass, an oasis in the city, where plants are accessible, understandable and most importantly fun!



Guided tours are now available! We invite you to tour the Conservatory with a knowledgeable, trained Garfield Park Conservatory Guide who will shower you with plant knowledge, historical facts and insight into our unique collection of plants and trees.

Free Introductory Tours are scheduled for select dates (see below). Registration is first come, first serve starting at 9am the day of the tour. A sign-up sheet will be located at the front desk for in-person sign-ups; we are unable to accept advance registration for these tours. The tour includes a 45-minute walk around the campus.

  • Saturday, December 13, 2014, 10:00 am

For more information, contact our group registrar at registrar@garfieldpark.org or call 773-638-1766 x25.



Our Guided Themed Tours focus on Plants and History, Tropical Treats, Behind-the-Scenes and more topics to come. Each of these private tours are scheduled upon request. Tours cost $12 per person; we can schedule as many people as you’d like however we have a minimum of $144 per tour (which is the cost of twelve people on a tour). To schedule a tour, please fill out our group field trip online registration form and be sure to check the box for "Themed Group Tours" under "Resources for your Visit."

For more information, contact our group registrar at registrar@garfieldpark.org or call 773-638-1766 x25.





Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance members receive one free themed Conservatory tour per year with their current membership card. For those Family Membership holders, feel free to use any of your 5 guest passes to bring your friends and family who are not GPCA members on a tour with you - just register for all guests and yourself beforehand! These members-only tours will be offered every other month, rotating between themes of Conservatory History and Plants, Tropical Treats, Behind-the-Scenes, and more to come! Contact Membership Services at 773-638-1766 x.13 or membership@garfieldpark.org to register for one of the following tours.

  • Wednesday, January 14, 2014, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, Tropical Treat Tour
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Behind-the-Scenes Tour
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Plants and History Tour

*Due to room closings for reconstruction, we have shelved the Conservatory Plant and History Tour until after all our rooms reopen. If you have already signed up for a date and we change the theme, you will be notified with ample time to allow you to switch tour dates if desired.



Tour the Garfield Park Conservatory at your leisure with the help of informative signs in many of the Conservatory gardens. There is no fee to explore the Conservatory. If you are bringing children, visit our Families pages for information about children’s activities.

We ask that groups of 10 people or more register for a time slot to visit the Conservatory. For more information, please visit our Registration page or contact the Program Registrar at (773) 638-1766 ext. 25 or email registrar@garfieldpark.org.



One Complimentary Guided Group Donor Tour of the Conservatory: Current Director’s Club, Jensen Club and Corporate Donors of $500 or more may schedule one complimentary guided group tour of the Conservatory for up to 25 guests, or a “Behind the Scenes” tour for four individuals, for an exclusive look into the inner workings of the Conservatory plant growing areas. By appointment only, subject to availability.

For more information or to schedule a donor tour, please call Donor Services at 773-638-1766 ext.13, or email membership@garfieldpark.org.



Please visit our Group Visits page to learn more about tours and activities for schools and other groups.