It’s springtime in Chicago and the city is in bloom! From yellow daffodils to bright red tulips to pastel cherry blossoms, flowers are popping up everywhere around our “city in a garden” — Chicago’s official motto. From a hidden garden to a soaring conservatory bursting with blooms, there are so many opportunities to stop and smell the roses in Chicago. Experience the beauty of the season at Chicago’s best gardens, parks, and conservatories this spring. 

Jackson Park

Osaka Garden
Osaka Garden in Jackson Park

For the first time in seven years, the cherry blossoms are blooming in Jackson Park. Located along the lakefront in the Hyde Park neighborhood, Jackson Park was the epicenter of the 1893 World’s Fair. The fair left behind scenic lagoons and gardens, and an authentic Japanese garden. In the spirit of the Japanese “hanami”, which is the tradition of enjoying the transient nature of flowers, take a stroll through the park while the cherry blossoms are in peak bloom (right now!)

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park conservatory spring flower show

Spring arrives early at the Garfield Park Conservatory, thanks to the annual Spring Flower Show. This botanical treasure is one of the largest greenhouse conservatories in the United States. Located in the midst of historic Garfield Park, the conservatory was designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. This year’s Spring Flower Show, themed Saturation, promises to immerse visitors in the entire spectrum of the rainbow.
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Michigan Avenue tulips

Every spring, Michigan Avenue bursts into blooms thanks to thousands of tulip bulbs imported from the Netherlands. The stunning display stretches from Roosevelt Road at the south end of Grant Park to the north end of the Magnificent Mile at Oak Street. Enjoy a tulip-filled stroll from the Art Institute to the The Magnificent Mile to see the spectacular color spectrum of spring’s favorite flower. 

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Conservatory

A visit to Lincoln Park Conservatory offers a glimpse back in time: the Victorian-era glass house was built in the late nineteenth century, with four rooms displaying exotic plants from around the world. Take a moment to stroll the garden situated in front of the conservatory: it’s one of the oldest public gardens in Chicago, designed and planted in the late 1870s. The conservatory’s Spring Flower Show showcases colorful tulips, dragon lilies, peonies, roses, and more.
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Ping Tom Memorial Park

Ping Tom Park Chinatown

In Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, an old railyard was transformed into the beautiful rolling green space that locals know and love as Ping Tom Memorial Park. If you can’t get enough cherry blossoms, it’s the perfect spot to admire the springtime blooms while soaking in stunning skyline and river views.

Columbus Park

A true masterpiece of landscape architecture, Columbus Park was design by the legendary Jens Jensen. Located in the Austin neighborhood, the park is home to quiet lagoons, natural-looking waterfalls, historic buildings, and tons of green space. In the spring, park-goers can spot water lilies, blooming trees, and wildflowers throughout the park.

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Tucked in a corner of Lincoln Park, the wild yet intimate Alfred Caldwell Lily Poolis easy to miss. This hidden oasis promises a moment of peace in the middle of a city on the move. The pool’s landscape is dotted with wild flowers and the water is often covered with water lilies in the spring. This is perhaps the best spot in the city to relax and reflect. 

Chicago Botanic Garden

Spring is perhaps the best season to explore the 385-acres of cultivated gardens and natural areas of the Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers and home to 27 unique gardens. Before you go, download the free walking map and free app that will help you locate plants when you visit.
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