Events and Things to Do


Uncorked Returned on June 26th!

Even with the rain, the first Uncorked of the season was a success.  Guests listened to music of the Weasel Brothers, viewed clothing designs by Karen Klinger, sipped wine & craft beer from the Marion Street Market and nibbled appetizers from New Rose Catering.

Plan to join us for the next Uncorked on July 24th. 

The same $15 per person includes event admission, two drink tickets, one food token and activities.  Join us from 6:00 – 8:00 at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street at East Avenue.  Featured on July 24 are:

  • Music:  Timothy Robyn Coan
  • Artist:   Veronica Fremont, Cicada Pi Art Studio
  • Wine & Craft Beer:  Marion Street  Market
  • Appetizers:  The Buzz Cafe

Hope to see you there.

Not free on July 24th?  Then mark your calendar for the other Uncorked this summer —  August 28th and September 25th.


22nd Annual Garden Walk Great Success

The Garden Walk jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and the Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest was a great success.

This year nine spectacular private gardens showcase a wide variety of styles, plant choices and hardscape materials.  Also open to visitors are the Anne Smedinghoff Memorial Garden at the River Forest Public Library and the Sculpture Garden at the Oak Park Art League.

Lots of Construction at the Conservatory

Conservatory construction3

Work has begun on the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden and along the Garfield frontage at the Conservatory.  Most plant material has been removed including the low yews which flanked both sides of the main entrance. Fencing is up surrounding the Conservatory.

While the outside is under construction the entrance will be through the Herbert M. Rubinstein Memorial Garden Gate on Clarence Avenue. The inside of the Conservatory will remain as beautiful as always.

The Exploration Station Is On Vacation

The Exploration Station is on vacation during the summer.  It will reopen September 5th.

Toddler Exploration Is Closed for the Summer

Join us on Friday, September 18th when Toddler Exploration Time returns for another  season. Have a splendid summer.

Toddler Exploration Time (TET) is the third Friday of every month September – November and January – May. There are two sessions of TET.  The topic for each is the same but presented at different levels.

Session one is from 10:30 – 11:15 for children ages 18 month – 35 months and session 2 from 12:15 – 1:00 for children 3 – 5 years.  Each session is limited to 15 children plus caregivers.

Fun for all!

Look at the Wonderful FOPCON Video

The Parks Foundation produced an excellent video about FOPCON.  It is on their website as well as ours.  Take a look here:

Bravo to the Parks Foundation!