Friday, October 20, 2017

Creatures of the Night at Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside, where eight rooms featuring thousands of plant species are on display.  There's lush greens and tropical temperatures all year round, and during the summer, they have over 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens. 

On Saturday, October 28, from 12 noon until 3 pm, they'll be featuring an event they call Creatures of the Night

 It's a Halloween themed event where kids and their families can come to do a little trick or treating.  As they collect treats throughout the building, kids and their families will learn about unique relationships between animals and plants.

Animals that will be making a special day-time appearance at the event include: owls, a sloth, a red-shouldered hawk, an opossum, an armadillo, a bearded dragon, a chinchilla, a bat-eared fox, a tenrec hedgehog and more! Families can also enjoy face painting, make-and-take activity stations, live music and the Monster Mash Costume Bash at 2pm and, new this year, Midge and Madge of the Acme Flea Circus with performances at 12:30pm and 1:30pm.

(Oh yes, did I happen to mention I'd be performing my flea circus?  Let me please mention it!)
This is one of the few public opportunities to see the flea circus this season!   Read my flea circus press release in full at


Families are encouraged to come in costume!

Admission to Creatures of the Night is a suggested donation of $5. Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance members and kids 3 years and under are free. For more
information go to or call 773.638.1766.

Garfield Park Conservatory is located just fifteen minutes west of downtown. From I-290, exit Independence Avenue (3800 west) and travel north. Turn east onto Washington Blvd. Turn north onto Central Park Avenue (3600 west). Alternatively, take the CTA Green line and exit at Conservatory/Central Park Drive. A Divvy bike station is available in front of the building.

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