Earlier this year I was able to visit a conservatory before it was closed with everything else that was an open public place. This is one of the many gems the city of Chicago offers to all and it is free to visit. Many gloomy days have been spent by students from nearby schools sitting in a quiet space reading in the green welcoming space. The Lincoln Park Conservatory has a number of different rooms that house a variety of plants and a lot of quiet seating areas to enjoy.
Once you go through the entry area you are engulfed in a forest of palms and greenery that transports you to a tropical place. This was where I focused on this current set of photos. I am not a tall person, five foot nothing is how I usually describe myself so these plants truly tower over me. My fascination was with the huge leaves on some of these plants.
In many cases, these leaves were longer than I was tall and I could have easily been completely hidden behind one leaf. This greenhouse area occasionally has plants that brush the roof towering overhead. I did not document the names of each plant which are on small signs in the ground by each plant. I was simply swept away by the leaves.
Next time, once it is able to reopen, you have a couple of hours to spend consider this as a destination. My family always included a stop here before we went downtown to look at the Christmas window displays. Something fun about going from the tropical heat to the usually cold frosty display in the city, this made our standing in front of a window in the cold seem not so cold. Also a great place to sit in a quiet room filled with plants and read or just absorb the energy.