Goats arrive at Garfield Park
Looking for a fun "kids" outing that isn’t "meh"? Bad goat puns aside, we’re excited to check out the Garfield Park Conservatory’s goats, who will be visiting the park’s City Garden during select weeks this summer. The brood, which includes two adults and two sets of twin babies, belongs to a West Side resident who is experimenting with how small farm animals can benefit an urban environment.
The species, apparently, has a long history with Chicago: In addition to immigrant families housing them as domestic animals in the early part of the last century, William Le Baron Jenney, who designed Garfield Park in the 1870s, originally imagined a country space where domestic animals could roam freely. Goats are scheduled for visits on the following dates from 9am–5pm, Wednesdays until 8pm, but be sure to call ahead to confirm availability. And, please, do not touch or feed the goats:
Goat wild at the Garfield Park Conservatory’s City Garden, located behind the conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave (312-746-5100, garfield-conservatory.org).