Events and Things To Do

Bids for Buds

Mark your calendar for Bids for Buds, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) online auction, October 6 to 29! 

The proceeds will support FOPCON events and educational programs, and help us fulfill a $100,000 pledge to the Park District to meet an urgent need at the Conservatory. The aging heating pipes are being replaced in the entire complex, including the glass houses that showcase 3,000 plants, exotic birds and aquatic wildlife.

We invite you to take part in this special fundraiser in several ways:

Uncorked at the Oak Park Conservatory

Fourth Fridays, June – September
June 23, July 28, August 25, September 22, 2017 from
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Features at next Uncorked 
On Friday, September 22, enjoy music from the Szurko Trio, interesting items from Bead in Hand, wine and craft beer from Sugar Beet Co-op, and light appetizers from Angie’s Pantry.

Purchase advance tickets online at or at the Oak Park Conservatory (credit card only); or at the door (cash or credit card). $18 at the door/$16 in advance and $14 in advance for FOPCON members (one per individual member; two per family member; four per premier member).  Admission includes two drink tickets and one food token. Must be 21 or over. Visit to become a member.

2017 Member Lecture Series: Cultivating Joy

FREE for FOPCON members;
$10 for non-members.

Go to Join FOPCON on our website to become a member.
Light refreshments will be served, and a special Conservatory Tour will be available before the lecture at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, October 22, 2 to 3 p.m.
Joy of Preserving the Harvest
Lecturer: Cheryl Munoz

Pre-register for the lectures at or in person at the Oak Park Conservatory (in advance or at the door) or Ridgeland Common using the form in the Park District paper catalog.

All lectures held at the Oak Park Conservatory.

Herbert M. Rubinstein Garden 

Stop by to view the Rubinstein Garden. The photo shows our plant wall which is filled with green and flowering plants. In the garden, you will find small Hosta and beautiful chartreuse Hakonechloa grass which will spread to make lovely mats. Other plants include oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia), Epimedium and large grasses. We are proud of this lovely garden!

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!