Last night's storm that reportedly produced golf ball-sized hail in some areas caused so much damage to the Garfield Park Conservatory that it has been shut down until further notice. Staff report that there's so much broken glass hanging from the greenhouses that it isn't safe to allow visitors to enter the premises. The video from myFOXChicago.com shows the devastating aftermath of last night's storm that left the conservatory ceilings riddled with holes. As the current mayor of the Garfield Park Conservatory on Foursquare I can't tell you how heartbreaking this is. The conservatory is one of my favorite places in Chicago and my go-to destination during holidays.
This is particularly heartbreaking when you take into account the history of the Garfield Park Conservatory and how the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance pulled together after a cold spell in 1994 destroyed a significant portion of the aroid collection. The silver lining here is that this occurred during summer and not winter. How did your garden hold up in the storm? No significant damage to report here.
Update: Pictures of the damage are being uploaded to the Garfield Park Conservatory's Facebook page, here. On their Facebook page they're directing people to their donation page to help cover the costs of the impending repairs.
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