Getting cold? Me too. Can't afford a vacation? Me neither. Need an escape? Me too.
Luckily we live in Chicago, home to two amazing, beautiful and most importantly, warm, Conservatories.
The Garfield Park Conservatory (http://www.garfield-conservatory.org/) is located at 300 N. Central Park Ave. It is absolutely huge. It is easy to spend a cold afternoon getting lost in the tropical warmth.
Chicago is also home to the Lincoln Park Conservatory located at 2391 N Stockton Dr. The Lincoln Park location is smaller than the Garfield Park one, but I actually like it more. It is cozier and somehow transports me more than the other one.
Believe it or not they're both free, so whichever one you like better, they both offer great opportunities to escape the cold and the concrete and feel like you're in another world. They also both offer great volunteer opportunities, including at the Garfield Park Conservatory, BEE KEEPING. Thank you Chicago Park District.