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Think green: 5 Northern Illinois Conservatories and Greenhouses you must visit

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 10:21 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 10:26 a.m. CDT

Need a reminder that spring is coming? Check out these five greenhouses and conservatories in Chicago, Elmhurst, Joliet, Oak Park, and Palos Heights.

Bird Haven Greenhouse and Conservatory is an Italian Renaissance-style facility, designed by the Lord and Burnham Company, and constructed in the early 1900s and restored to its original beauty in 2004. The conservatory specializes in growing and showing plants that are not native to Chicago. Be sure to check out the bird of paradise in bloom between January and March.

Bird Haven Greenhouse and Conservatory is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day of the year, except holidays, even during private events. It is located at 225 North Gougar Road in Joliet. (815) 741-7278 jolietpark.org/bird-haven-greenhouse