Volunteer in Lincoln Park. The Chicago Park District is looking for volunteers in Lincoln Park. Get out into the great outdoors, help the CPD and the Lincoln Park Conservancy and it’s all free.
Training begins on Saturday, April 8, 2017 and continues for six Saturday mornings where trainees will learn from area experts about the art of interpretation, the history of Lincoln Park, wildlife, plant life and landscape architecture. Join the docent team – it’s fun! Registration deadline: March 31, 2017.
About Lincoln Park Conservatory
The Lincoln Park Commission constructed the Lincoln Park Conservatory in phases between 1890 and 1895, replacing a small greenhouse that dated from the 1870s. Nationally renowned architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee designed the Conservatory in collaboration with architect Mifflin E. Bell.
The park includes a second example of the work of each architect. Silsbee designed the Carlson Cottage, a ladies comfort station southeast of Café Brauer, and Bell designed the Rustic Pavilion, located west of the North Pond, at Lakeview Ave. and St. James Place near Stockton Drive.
During the early nineteenth century developments in iron and glass building technology led to the construction of conservatories in cities throughout Europe and the United States. Later in the century, as people were increasingly concerned about the ill effects of industrialization, they became fascinated with nature and interested in collecting and classifying plants.
Large conservatories with display and exhibit rooms gained popularity, and Lincoln Park’s small greenhouse no longer seemed sufficient. Architects Silsbee and Bell were commissioned to design a much more substantial building.
Rendered in an exotic style, the new structure included palm, fernery, orchid, and show houses. A “paradise under glass,” the Conservatory supported “a luxuriant tropical growth, blending the whole into a natural grouping of Nature’s loveliest forms.”Historically, aquatic plants propagated in tanks in the Conservatory were planted outside, in artificially-heated lily ponds.
The exotic plants were so popular that in 1897 the Egyptian government requested seeds from Lincoln Park’s water lilies. The rocky-edged ponds once meandered along what is now the fence line of the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Take a Guided Tours of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory & Gardens
When: Mid-May-October Fridays 1PM-4PM, Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-4PM
FREE No Reservation Necessary
Re-discover this Victorian Era glass house with its soaring Palm House, exotic Orchid House, Seasonal Show House and prehistoric Fern Room on a tour with one of our experienced docents. Learn about the conservatory’s vast collection of trees and plants from around the world. Tour lengths of your choice.
Discover Lincoln Park’s hidden treasure – the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool – with one of their expert docents. Thanks to our $2.4 million restoration with the Chicago Park District, the Lily Pool is now the park’s only landscape with National Historic Landmark status. Private or group tours are available by appointment, please call the Lincoln Park Conservancy office at 773-883-PARK.
The Lincoln Park Conservatory was constructed in phases between 1890 and 1895, replacing a small greenhouse that dated from the 1870s. It has four rooms: Palm House, Fern Room, Orchid House and Show House.
Winter Flower and Train Show November 27-January 3, 2016 9AM-5PM
A perfect place to enjoy the Holiday Season with family!
The Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Show House turns into a Winter Wonderland filled with poinsettias, trees, sparkling lights, and model trains that traverse through the plantings.