CHICAGO (CBS) – The whipping winds and chilly temperatures may not be much fun, but once again Wednesday, escaping the elements for the tropical climes of the city’s botanical conservatories will not be an option.
For the second day in a row, the city has closed the Lincoln Park Conservatory, at 2391 N. Stockton Dr. just outside the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Garfield Park Conservatory, at 300 N. Central Park Dr. on the city’s West Side.
The conservatories were also closed on Tuesday, due to wind gusts topping 60 mph what has been dubbed the Great Lakes Cyclone.
Because the roofs of the century-plus-old structures are made of glass, the high gusting winds can create dangers, the Chicago Park District explains. The conservatories are closed for the safety of the public.
Both conservatories are among the city’s top free attractions.
The Garfield Park Conservatory is now preparing for its Halloween-themed Creatures of the Night event coming up on Saturday, where staff will show and describe nocturnal animals such as fruit bats and owls and offer treats to children and families.