Visit the Garden​​

Visit the Garden as it Grows

The Garden of the Phoenix is located in Jackson Park, which is just minutes from downtown Chicago along Lake Michigan – east of the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood and the University of Chicago campus, and immediately south of the Museum of Science and Industry.

The Garden of the Phoenix Hours

Daily: 6am - 11pm
Admission: Free


Directions

​By Automobile

From the north

Head south on Lake Shore Drive and turn right onto Science Drive – the first traffic light south of 57th Street. Proceed to the left into the public parking lot, which is the site of the proposed new Phoenix Pavilion and the historic music court.

From the south

Via I-94: Take I-94 West to the Garfield Boulevard exit (exit 57). From the exit ramp, turn right and continue east on Garfield/55th for approximately one mile into the entrance of Washington Park. Bear right onto Morgan Drive for a half-mile, and bear right again onto Payne Drive for about a third of a mile, then turn left on Midway Plaisance. Continue east on Midway Plaisance for about a mile until it ends at Cornell Avenue, then turn left. You will see the Museum ahead on your right. Continue past the Museum, and turn right at Lake Shore Drive, then turn right onto Science Drive – the first traffic light. Then proceed to the left along Science Drive into the public parking lot (south of the Museum of Science and Industry), which is the site of the proposed new Phoenix Pavilion and the historic music court.

Via the Indiana Toll Road and Chicago Skyway: Exit the I-90 Chicago Skyway at Stony Island Avenue. Continue north on Stony Island for about a mile. As you approach E. 68th Street, move to the right two lanes so that you can bear right to follow Cornell Drive. Take Cornell Drive north about one mile. Continue past the Museum, and turn right at Lake Shore Drive, then turn right onto Science Drive – the first traffic light. Then proceed to the left along Science Drive into the public parking lot (south of the Museum of Science and Industry), which is the site of the proposed new Phoenix Pavilion and the historic music court.

From the west

Follow 290 East or 55 North to Lake Shore Drive. Go south on Lake Shore Drive. Turn right onto Science Drive – the first traffic light south of 57th Industry), which is the site of the proposed new Phoenix Pavilion and the historic music court.

Visiting the Museum of Science and Industry | Parking at the Museum. The Museum of Science and Industry’s underground parking garage entrance is located at the northwest corner of the Museum.


By Bike

The Garden of the Phoenix is easily reached by bike on the beautiful lakefront path, just across Lake Shore Drive from the Museum. (From downtown, the ride is approximately eight miles.) Just north of 57th Street, follow the ramp down into the underpass below Lake Shore Drive, then left into the underpass below 57th Street. Proceed to the left into the public parking lot, which is the site of the proposed new Phoenix Pavilion and the historic music court. Bike racks are available on either side of the main entrance of the Museum of Industry. To find other routes, find your starting point on the City of Chicago's Bike Map.


By Bus

From downtown Chicago, there are several ways to reach the Garden of the Phoenix by bus.

2 Hyde Park Express

This bus stops at 57th and Stony Island—one block west of the Garden of the Phoenix and the Museum of Science and Industry. The #2 runs during morning and evening rush hour. Click here for more information.

6 Jackson Park Express

This bus stops on 56th Street and Hyde Park Boulevard—one block north of the Museum of Science and Industry. Click here for more information.

10 Museum of Science and Industry Bus

This bus stops at the front entrance of the Museum of Science and Industry. It operates daily during Spring Break (dates vary), from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's Day; at other times of the year, it only runs on weekends. Click here for more information.

For travel from other parts of the Chicagoland region, use the RTA Trip Planner or call (312) 836-7000. The Museum's north entrance, overlooking the front lawn, is the nearest access to public transportation.


By Train

Metra

Metra Electric Line trains to and from downtown Chicago stop at the 55th/56th/57th Street station, just a few blocks from the Garden of the Phoenix (two blocks from the Museum of Science and Industry's north entrance). (Turn left as you exit the station.)

For travel to and from Indiana, South Shore Line trains also stop at the 57th Street station. Use the RTA Trip Planner or call (312) 836-7000 for specific directions from your location.

CTA

A less direct train route is to take a CTA Red Line (see Transit Alert above) or Green Line train to Garfield and transfer to an eastbound 55 Garfield bus. However, we suggest that people unfamiliar with the city may prefer to take CTA trains as far as downtown, then transfer to an express bus or the Electric Line as mentioned above.

​Suggested downtown transfer: take CTA trains to Jackson (Red or Blue Line) or Library (Brown, Orange, Pink or Purple Line). Exit the station and walk less than a block to the NW corner of State and Van Buren, where you can catch the 2, 6 or 10 buses (see above for descriptions). Visit the CTA site or call (888) YOUR-CTA for bus and train schedules for Chicago and over 40 suburban locations.