The Garfield Park Conservatory is taking a phased approach to reopening its 10 acres of outdoor gardens, with local residents being given the opportunity to visit first, before members and the rest of the general public.
Anyone living within a half-mile radius of the conservatory will receive a “neighbor pass” in the mail, good for admittance of an entire household from July 1-5. Any residents who were overlooked in the mailing can obtain a pass from Ald. Jason Ervin’s office.
Admission, except in the instance of neighbor passes, will be via pre-registered timed entry, with no walk-ups granted entry. The reservation system will allow the conservatory to limit the number of people on the site. Entry remains free.
From July 8-12, neighbors and members will have access to the grounds, with members able to register for timed entry starting July 1.
On July 15, the conservatory grounds will be open to everyone else, with the reservation system going live to the general public on July 8.
The conservatory’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a last entry at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. The conservatory is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
All visitors must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. The indoor gardens and bathrooms remain closed and drinking fountains are turned off. Guests are allowed to bring their own food and drink, with a limited number of chairs available for seating, but no tables.
Garfield Park Conservatory opened in 1908.