The Chicago area has a long history of preserving land for public enjoyment. Today, there are multiple acres of conservatories and sanctuaries available for your enjoyment. Make sure you plan a trip to one of these great preserves this weekend.
Chicago Botanic Garden – Glencoe
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a stunning and widely visited collection of gardens. A long heritage makes the 300 acre preserve one of the most acclaimed sanctuaries around the globe. Enjoy weekly events for people of all ages, register your children for summer camps or bring them to the Lenhardt library for story time.
Garfield Park Conservatory – Chicago
Garfield Park Conservatory is rebuilding its glass structure while keeping the doors open to the public this year. This conservatory is busy serving the public and the environment with amazing exhibits and displays of hundreds of varieties of plants. Be sure to check out their upcoming Beer Under Glass celebration and the Spring Flower Display.
Spring Valley – Schaumburg
Spring Valley is a refuge of 135 acres of fields, forests, marshes and streams. Hike along the many paths, or take a trip back to the 1880s with the sanctuary’s living history farm. There are activities throughout the year, including snowshoe rentals in the winter and spectacular bird watching during the warmer months.
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary – Chicago
The Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is a ten acre plot that is visited annually by more than 300 species of birds, including Warblers, Sparrows, Thrushes and Purple Martins. Visitors, both birds and humans alike, will enjoy “The Magic Hedge” of honeysuckle, serviceberry, nannyberry viburnum and fragrant sumac.
Hidden Oaks Conservation – Bolingbrook
Hit the trails with a self-guided Discovery Pack or just enjoy the many sights and sounds of this peaceful outdoor space. One of the biggest draws is the trout farm, offering an afternoon of quality fishing. Ponds are stocked with trout in April and October, and all you need is a valid Hidden Lakes fishing permit to take part.