LINCOLN PARK — The Lincoln Park Conservatory is reopening its indoor gardens later this month after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The conservatory at 2391 N. Stockton Drive reopens March 26, but volunteers, members and neighbors of the indoor gardens are invited to preview weekends before the reopening.
“After a year with no visitors, the staff and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you back to the Conservatory,” the organization said in its announcement.
Conservatory volunteers and members will be able to preview the gardens this Saturday and Sunday, and neighbors are invited to a preview weekend March 19 and 20.
Visitors will be able to reserve timed-entry slots beginning Saturday. This will allow the conservatory to accommodate social distancing and restrict capacity at 35 visitors.
Other COVID-related protocols include one-directional traffic, with visitors asked to move counterclockwise through the gardens, and strict mask requirements.
The conservatory will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. These hours will be expanded as conditions allow.
Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to leave a suggested donation of $5 for children and seniors or $10 for adults.
“[This] helps defray the cost of opening and staffing the Conservatory with these COVID restrictions,” the announcement said. “Donations also assist in the upkeep of the plants and operations of this historic structure.”
The Garfield Park Conservatory reopened last month with a similar reservation system and coronavirus protocols.
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