Spring is coming, and with it come flowers. Chicago’s motto is urbs in horto, which means city in a garden. Once the snow melts, the city truly lives up to that phrase, with tulips and daffodils popping up everywhere you look. If you’re on the hunt for some fantastic flowers in Chicago, here’s where to find them.
Lurie Garden is an oasis with five acres of perennials sheltered by a 15-foot hedge. Located in the southeast corner of Millennium Park, this garden changes seasonally and features plants that are indigenous to Illinois. If you want to learn more about the plants during the summer, you can take one of their free guided tours. They take place every Friday through Sunday from May to September.
Michigan Avenue becomes even more magnificent in the spring, when tens of thousands of tulips decorate the boulevard. The bulbs, which are planted in the medians in October, are imported directly from Holland. These flowers turn Chicago’s Magnificent Mile into a beautiful rainbow of colors.
For year-round flowers, take a trip to Lincoln Park Conservatory. Located next to the Lincoln Park Zoo, this botanical garden was built between 1890 and 1895 and is filled with tropical ferns, palms, and other exotic plants. It also grows the thousands of plants and flowers that are transplanted to parks around the city. Admission is always free.
One of the most incredible places to see plants and flowers in the Midwest is the Chicago Botanic Garden. You can drive, take a train, or ride a bike to the northern suburb of Glencoe. More than two and a half millions plants representing nearly 10,000 varieties are planted throughout the 385-acre attraction. It’s a perfect day trip from the city.
Chicago really is a city in a garden, and these are some of our favorite places to see fantastic flowers.