Know Before You Go
Admission is free. If you're coming from the Loop, head west on the CTA Green Line at State/Lake. Your stop will be Conservatory-Central Park Drive, which is approximately a 20-minute ride from downtown. The platform stairs will take you down to the west side of Central Park Drive - you can see the conservatory from here, it's a half-block walk north. Note that the downtown platform's stairs are on the other side of the street - on the way back, you'll need to cross Lake Street. Perfect for a cold rainy day. Estimate about 60 minutes for a casual walk-thru, or if you prefer to take your time and read the several details plaques, plan 1.5 to 2 hours. Great for kids! There's even a children's garden with a small, indoor playground and slide. The Conservatory is handicap-accessible, as are the outdoor gardens (though the paths are gravel), and the Conservatory station.