Springtime in Chicago ushers in flowers galore! From daffodils along State Street's parkways to the prairie blossoms at the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, Chicago lives up to its "City in a Garden" moniker. This season check out a Chicago Cubs inspired flower show, the annual events at Navy Pier and Macy's on State Street, and the bright allure of azaleas at Lincoln Park Conservatory.
Here are four flower shows around Chicago putting some of the best spring blooms in the city on display to welcome spring!
Now through May 14 *FREE
The beauty of spring is in full bloom at Lincoln Park Conservatory's Spring Flower Show. and this year's show, inspired by the uplifting nature of a spring day in Chicago, will also feature kites and sculptures by Chicago artist Michael F. Thompson.
Expect azaleas, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, hydrangea and many more colorful flowers that promise to lift you out of the winter doldrums. Located just next door to both the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Lincoln Park Zoo, this historic conservatory has been lifting visitors' spirits with the force of flowers since 1895!
Lincoln Park Conservatory | 2391 N. Stockton Drive | 312-742-7736
Free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Now through May 14 *FREE
Spring arrives early at the Garfield Park Conservatory thanks to the annual Spring Flower Show. The conservatory is brimming with hundreds of tropical plants, azaleas, tulips, snap dragons, camellias and more.
This year's show celebrates both the beloved Cubbies and all things baseball in Chicago! Hit a home run by searching for the foul poles, iconic ivy-covered walls and even a few ‘W' flags hidden throughout the many gardens, and be sure to set off on the Spring Training Scavenger Hunt that will introduce you to botanical and baseball trivia as you roam the conservatory.
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N. Central Park Avenue | 312-746-5100
Free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
March 18 through 26
Chicago has been celebrating the flowers of spring with an annual garden showcases since 1847, and Navy Pier's Chicago Flower & Garden Show continues the tradition by inspiring gardeners from the city and beyond with its glorious display of blooming perennials, annuals and trees.
Whether you're looking to expand your veggie patch or even just add a few pots to your patio, the beautiful gardens here—all designed by local landscape designers, builders and suppliers—will give you realistic solutions for all your gardening, greening, floral and home-related needs.
Top horticulture experts will share insights at workshops and seminars throughout the event and top Chicago chefs will share their expertise on creating sumptuous dishes using homegrown ingredients. This year's event also emphasizes urban gardens, offering ideas for creating your very own farm in the city. A great menu of kid-friendly activities make this a fun event for the entire family.
Visit chicagoflower.com for updated event info and a full schedule of workshops and seminars.
Navy Pier | 600 E. Grand Avenue | 312-595-7437
Ticket are $10 for Spring Fling, valid Thursday, Friday & Saturday (March 23–25) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $15 weekday tickets; $17 weekend tickets; and $5 for children 4–12 years old.
March 26 through April 9 *FREE
Macy's on State Street bursts with blooms during the annual Macy's Flower Show. Expect to be overcome with the scent of fresh flowers as you enter the iconic department store: expert florists adorn the entire store with gorgeous flowers for the show, creating a shopping experience like no other.
A wonderful array of free workshops and related events rounds out the flowery fun. This year's show, Carnival, will usher in spring with a lovely in-store garden filled with flowers that celebrate classic carnival rides and games. A wide array of cooking and floral demos make this event not just fun but also educational.
Get more information and a full schedule of Chicago flower show events.
Macy's on State Street | 111 N. State Street | 312-781-4884 (flower show hotline)
Show is free and open to the public during store hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.