Oak Park Conservatory
Owned and operated by the Park District of Oak Park, the Conservatory carries the distinction as one of the top three historical sites in Oak Park drawing over 30,000 visitors annually. The Conservatory is staffed with a diverse group of horticulturist, plant and soil scientists and landscape designers that care for the Conservatory collections, growing houses and landscapes across 22 parks, facilities and historic properties in Oak Park. Staff and volunteers grow over an astounding 20,000 plants annually in production greenhouses that are planted in parks and sold at the annual spring plant sale the first weekend in May. Read more about the history of the Oak Park Conservatory.
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Let the Oak Park Conservatory host your next party, special event, memorial service, wedding or corporate meeting. Rent the Conservatory showrooms, Rubinstein Community Room, Rubinstein memorial Garden and other spaces. In the outdoor season, we offer a beautiful garden patio space that can accommodate a large tent. We are the perfect spot for children's birthday parties, a retreat meeting space or any special occasion you are celebrating.
Weddings at the Conservatory
General Rental Information at the Conservatory
Classes & Special Events
The Oak Park Conservatory offers year-round programs and events for kids and adults.
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Plant Clinic Tuesdays:
Horticulture staff can help with gardening questions, plant identification or disease diagnostics. Potting service also available. Every Tuesday, 1-3pm year-round, (donation suggested)
The Conservatory is located at:
615 Garfield St.
on East Ave directly south of I-290 Expressway
Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10am-4pm. (Closed Mondays)
Visit our Gift Shop open during operating hours.
Discovery Garden Hours:
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.
The Conservatory and Discovery Garden are closed: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day (closes 1pm Christmas Eve.Open Christmas Eve).
Free, donations appreciated (suggested donation of $5/person)
Make a donation to the Oak Park Conservatory - Paypal or major credit card accepted!
Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory
The Conservatory has an active support group, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization whose mission is to promote interest in the Oak Park Conservatory, offer educational and recreational opportunities and support projects that benefit the Oak Park Conservatory. This group adds significantly to the Conservatory through its support and services. FOPCON runs a free weekend Exploration Station every Saturday and Sunday, September – May. Learn about volunteer opportunities at the conservatory.
Ever wondered about the various ecosystems houses in our three garden showrooms? Have questions about plants you see in the Conservatory? Take a guided tour today! Led by trained docents, tours of the Oak Park Conservatory are available at a cost of $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 $1 per child for all other schools. To schedule a tour, visit the Friends of Oak Park Conservatory website. View our Virtual Tour.