Flower Power

Living in Chicago, there are a ton of activities, restaurants and attractions at my fingertips. The ability to explore new neighborhoods on a weekly basis and still find new gems is one of my favorite things about living in Chicago.

I've lived in the city for five years and have been able to establish some of my go-to places. One of those is the Lincoln Park Conservatory (LPC). It is the perfect oasis on a cold winter day or serene escape from city life in the summer.

The LPC was completed in 1895 and displays lush, exotic plants from around the world. The Conservatory has four display houses – The Palm House, Orchid House, Fern Room, and Show House. A free destination for tourists and residents, the LPC sits on the north end of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Lincoln Park and is open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm everyday.

I try and go to the LPC several times each season. I recently took my cousin, Valerie, and her son to check it out. There is nothing I love more that showing people new parts of the city and watching them see it for the first time.

I live about one mile from the Conservatory. On a beautiful day, it's a great walk. With a one year old and chilly temps, we opted to drive.

We picked a good day to go because the Conservatory was in the middle of their Spring Flower Show (February 10 - May 13). Volunteers transform the Show House into a stunning destination full of the most beautiful flowers. From lilies to clovers and everything in between, the LPC Spring Flower Show has it all. With benches throughout the Conservatory, a trip can take as long or as short as you'd like. We took our time and took in the beauty.

If you are in Lincoln Park, I highly encourage you to pop in to the LPC and enjoy for yourself. It truly is a place where you can lose yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the greenery. Actually, if you go, give me a call and I will meet you there!

Share some of your favorite go-to places in Chicago in the comment section below!

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