Explore a Fairy Garden at Garfield Park Conservatory This Summer

Magical fairy houses will be on view in the Artist’s Garden until September.

On your next visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory, look carefully and you might spot one of the fairies that have taken up residency in the conservatory’s Artist’s Garden

Find 15 magical fairy houses set within the beautiful flowers and greenery of the conservatory’s seasonal Artist’s Garden through Sept. 17. Hidden among hollyhock, sunflowers, sweet alyssum and nasturtium are whimsical mini-homes, all in different styles and made of imaginative materials.

Photo credit: Garfield Park Conservatory

The Artist’s Garden is part of the conservatory’s 10 acres of outdoor gardens, which also include a Sensory Garden. 

On your way to the Fairy Garden, your family can discover tropical plants in the Palm House; take in the fresh, green scent of the Fern Room; find botanical-themed glass artwork in the Aroid House and much more. The conservatory also hosts spectacular rotating flower shows in the Show House

When planning your visit, check the conservatory’s calendar for family programming like weekly Wild Wednesdays or Roving Naturalists programs on Saturdays. The conservatory also hosts gardening workshops, guided tours and more nature events. 

Get ready to experience the magic at Garfield Park Conservatory! Here’s all the info you’ll need to make the day wonderful — no fairy dust required. 

Photo credit: Garfield Park Conservatory

Quick details about the Fairy Garden at Garfield Park Conservatory

  • When: Open until Sept. 17, 2023
  • Conservatory hours: Wednesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last entry is one hour before closing. 
  • Cost: $5/adults, free/kids. General admission is always free. An online reservation is required to enter. 
  • Getting there: The conservatory is just steps away from the Conservatory-Central Park Drive CTA green line station. A Divvy bike station is also located in front of the conservatory. 
  • Parking: Free parking is available in the visitor parking lot. 

Other things to do nearby

  • Visit Wonder Works Children’s Museum, just outside the city in the nearby Oak Park. 
  • Explore nearly 200 acres of Humboldt Park. The park offers plenty of sports fields and courts, scenic walking trails around a fishing lagoon and seasonal bike and swan boat rentals. Find family-friendly programming like Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in the Park and other Night Out in the Parks special events.
  • Visit the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, the only self-standing Puerto Rican cultural museum in the country for more than 20 years

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Chicago Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for Chicagoland families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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