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This Underrated Place Might Just Be the Most Beautiful Spot in Illinois

No, you don’t want to shop along the Magnificent Mile or overlook the Second City in the Hancock Observatory. You’ve already been to Starved Rock and the Morton Arboretum…multiple times. You’ve checked out the Cahokia Mounds, the Japanese Gardens and even the Garden of the Gods. You’ve celebrated Groundhog Day like the best of them in Woodstock. Okay, we get it! You aren’t looking for yet another popular tourist spot. Perhaps you are on the hunt for a new little corner of the sky that is sure to make you believe in the beauty and splendor of Illinois all over again. If so, then feast your eyes on Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.

There are truly no words that do this Illinois gem justice. But don’t just take our word for it! If you’ve never been there, you are missing a Zen-like experience. Come in, take a big ol’ breath of fresh air, and renew your spirit here. And if you’ve already been here we would love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

Originally from the quaint beach town of Fenwick Island, Delaware, Stephanie has called Chicago home for nearly a decade. A passion for cocktail creation, international travel and decadent foodie experiences, enjoy Stephanie's romp through the Land of Lincoln. A circus performer, stuntwoman, professed travel buff and lover of Tom Waits, Stephanie is looking forward to sharing her favorite Chicago haunts with both adventurous locals and curious travelers.