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Watch as One of the City’s Most Important Steel and Glass Structures is Restored




Back to Glass


We invite you to join us as we bring our historic greenhouses back to glass! Certain rooms will be renovated in 2014 and 2015, and will be closed to the public during that time. Currently the Palm House, Sugar from the Sun, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, Show House and Horticulture Hall are all open. The Fern Room, Desert House and Aroid House are currently closed for renovations. The Fern Room and Desert House are expected to reopen in spring 2015.


In early 2014, we begin the next phase in the restoration of an important gem on Chicago’s west side: the roof of the Garfield Park Conservatory. We kept our doors open after the 2011 summer hail storm by covering our damaged greenhouses with temporary polycarbonate roofing. Now, some greenhouses will close temporarily for restoration. The remainder of the facility will be open to visitors, groups, and events throughout this process.

We invite you to join us during this remarkable restoration project, when our historic greenhouses go back to glass. Real panes of glass, double laminated and clear, will replace the large polycarbonate plastic panels that currently cover the historic Fern Room and Desert House.

Join us as we honor the vision of Jens Jensen, the Conservatory’s original landscape architect. Watch as one of the city’s most important steel and glass buildings rejoins the Chicago skyline. We will post regular updates here on this website, Facebook and Twitter. Updates will include behind-the-scene images and videos, interviews with staff, and fascinating facts about the Conservatory and the process of going back to glass. We welcome your input, so if you have a question or comment, please email us at or tweet us using #back2glass and remember to tag us @gpconservatory.



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