Where: 615 Garfield St., Oak Park, IL (708) 725-2400. Take the CTA Blue Line to the Oak Park stop. Walk back toward the East Avenue exit. The Conservatory is to the right of the exit. The Blue line travels through Austin and Garfield Park so be aware of your surroundings. Admission is free. Suggested donation $5.
Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10am-4pm. (Closed Mondays). Thursday nights until 7pm during the spring and summer.
Discovery Garden Hours: Open 7 days a week 10am-Dusk
Open 7 days a week 10am-Dusk
Enter through the main doors of the Conservatory Tue-Sun 10am-4pm. After the Conservatory is closed, enter through the Discovery Garden gate on the corner of Garfield and East Avenue (Mondays 10am-dusk & Tue-Sun 4pm-dusk). Learn more about the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden.
Open: School Holiday Mondays (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day and Columbus Day.
Closed: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day (closes at 1pm Christmas Eve).
Things to do
- Check out Exploration Station the free children’s program runs September – May. Saturdays 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Mondays of school holidays for Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms. New topics every month. Free.
- Take a Guided tours led by trained docents. Tours are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children under 12. The minimum fee for a group tour is $20. Educational tours are free for Oak Park district schools and $2 per child for all other schools. To schedule a tour, visit the Friends of Oak Park Conservatory website.