The Lincoln Park conservatory is a little tropical paradise that you can visit anytime. If the Hawk rules the streets in Chicago, come here and find respite. If you are not familiar with the late Lou Rawl's lyric, the Hawk is the winter wind.
This is a little gem that is always a treat to walk through, and the price is right: Free. As you enter there is a little pond with Koi and goldfish. Orchids on the walls waft their scent into your waiting nostrils.
Walk through and enjoy the great variety of plants. The climax is the flower room, with its changing displays of seasonal favorites. This place was made for picture taking, so bring your camera.