Garfield Park Conservatory

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Best Free Winter Activities For Families In Chicago

Bundle up your family and get out of the house with these free winter activities in Chicago. From ice skating to outdoor adventures, there are plenty of ways to have some fun this winter without breaking the bank.

11/28/2014

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Best Places For A Fall Marriage Proposal In Chicago

When choosing the location to pop the big question, it’s important to take the season into account. For those proposing during the fall, there are some great seasonal locations in and around the city to make the outing memorable.

11/07/2014

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Four Things That Make A Rainy Summer Day Fun In Chicago

Chicagoans who waited patiently for summer to arrive are now grumbling under their umbrellas.

06/27/2014

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Best Botanical Gardens In Chicago

No matter the season, visiting a botanical garden in Chicago is an excellent way to get closer to nature and experience the wonderment of plant life.

06/20/2014

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Best May Day Celebrations In Chicago

After months of snow, ice and cold weather, it’s time to embrace the warm weather of spring. From kite flying to festivals, celebrating the arrival of spring in the Chicagoland area has never been so fun.

04/15/2013

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Best Ways To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Chicago

Say goodbye to the dragon and get ready to celebrate the year of the snake as the Chicagoland area prepares for the Chinese new year. From tea ceremonies to parades, there’s plenty to do to start the new year. Use this list to get started in planning your own festivities.

02/08/2013

Three of six goats that will be browsing at the Garfield Park Conservatory this summer. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

6 Goats To Graze At Garfield Park Conservatory This Summer

Garfield Park Conservatory is the part-time home this spring and summer for six goats whose job it is to keep the place well mowed.

WBBM Newsradio–06/06/2012

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 26th, 2011: Hundreds of people congregate in Millennium Park for the winter to enjoy a family night of ice skating.  The ice rink is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March with weather permitting.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Free & Cheap Winter Break Activities In Chicago

You could spend a small fortune going to a movie or sending the kids to day camp, but we’ve compiled a list of free, inexpensive and exciting activities to take you through the weekend. Be sure to double check the website for what’s included. You may still need to pay for special activities or parking. So pack up the kids and pack a lunch and have a great winter break.

02/17/2012

A rare double coconut palm tree at the Garfield Park Conservatory has died after surviving 45 years in the Palm House greenhouse. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Garfield Park Conservatory Loses Rare Double Coconut Palm Tree

The Garfield Park Conservatory has lost one of its rare plants.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

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A Chocolaty Tour Of Chicago

Set out on a Valentine’s Day themed tour de chocolat in Chicago! Just don’t get a tummy ache…

02/11/2012

Hail caused signifcant damage to the historic Garfield Park Conservatory. Here, glass panes are shattered in the greenhouse. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Conservatory Reopens 2 Rooms After Last Summer’s Hailstorm

Looking for better luck at the Garfield Park Conservatory in 2012, the Chicago Park District called in the big guns on this, the weekend before the Chinese New Year.

CBS Chicago–01/22/2012

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Super Suave Winter Date Guide

I want you to know, a lot has changed since my last date guide. I’m not the amateurish schmuck I was when I wrote that dating guide. I’m a totally new schmuck. I am more mature and ready to tell you about some of the best winter date spots that exist in this fine city.

12/15/2011

A view of the hail damage at the Garfield Park Conservatory from Chopper 2. (CBS)

Garfield Park Conservatory Fern Room Reopens

One of the historic rooms at the Garfield Park Conservatory, heavily damaged this summer in a hail storm, has reopened.

12/05/2011

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Park District Holds Plant Sale To Raise Money For Garfield Park Conservatory

You can have the chance to buy some unusual plants very cheaply, and at the same time, help the Chicago Park District recover from the hail damage at the Garfield Park Conservatory this past summer.

10/22/2011

Hail caused signifcant damage to the historic Garfield Park Conservatory. Here, glass panes are shattered in the Fern Room. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Garfield Park Conservatory Launches Fundraiser To Replace Damaged Glass

It has been two and a half months since a hailstorm shattered the glass ceilings of the Garfield Park Conservatory, and caused $2 million in damage. Now, the conservatory has kicked off a fundraising campaign to pay for the rest.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2011

Garfield Park Conservatory Needs Donations

The June 30 hailstorm that destroyed a portion of the Garfield Park Conservatory has prompted a fundraising drive, because insurance will not cover the devastation until an assessment is finished.

08/05/2011

Hail caused signifcant damage to the historic Garfield Park Conservatory. Here, glass panes are shattered in the greenhouse. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Garfield Park Conservatory To Replace 23,000 Broken Glass Panes

As officials at the Garfield Park Conservatory have begun working to repair widespread damage from last week’s hail, carpenters have building rolling wooden shields so workers can safely water ferns under shattered glass roofs.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2011

Hail caused signifcant damage to the historic Garfield Park Conservatory. Here, glass panes are shattered in the Fern Room. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Parts Of Garfield Park Conservatory Reopen After Hail Damage

Three areas of the Garfield Park Conservatory were reopened to the public on Sunday after tens of thousands of window panes were smashed by hail last week, forcing the historic site to close.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2011

Glass litters the floor of the Show House at the Garfield Park Conservatory. (Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory)

Garfield Park Hail Damage Could Cost Millions To Repair

Hailstones the size of large marbles rained down on the Garfield Park Conservatory Thursday night, smashing tens of thousands of window panes that cover three of the giant greenhouses and causing widespread damage to the plants.

CBS Chicago–07/01/2011

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Best Activities For Spring In Chicago

The snow is melting and people are beginning to wear flip-flops even though it’s only 40 degrees–this can only mean one thing– it’s Spring time in Chicago. Celebrate the release from hibernation and finally cure your cabin fever. Get outdoors and smell the flowers!

03/03/2011

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