Is there anything better than the smell of freshly bloomed lilacs? Or the brilliant color of tulips? The Answer: No. Flowers are basically Mother Nature’s best accessory. And when you see them, you naturally want to share them! So grab your fancy camera (or iPhone 7) and prepare to dazzle your friends because we have 6 of the very best locations to capture the sights of the most beautiful spring flowers around Chicago.
From Oak Street to Roosevelt Road
Since the mid-90s, the city has brought in over 100,000 tulip bulbs from the Netherlands to be planted for two miles along Michigan Avenue. There’s even a hashtag (#MagMileTulips) where you can see other people’s photos of vibrant flowers in our legendary downtown city area. Let the good times grow!
2391 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago, IL 60614
If tropical flowers are more your vibe, pop into this Lincoln Park favorite for a variety of exotic flowers! Opened in 1895, the historic Conservatory features lush plants from around the world in four display houses – The Palm House, Orchid House, Fern Room, and Show House. A breathtaking place to snap some photos and enjoy your day.
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022
From now through September 25, Chicago Botanic Garden is celebrating 50 years with a show called Flourish. Come check out art installations, interactive performances, and exhibitions along with stunning flowers like the Blue Leichtlin Camass and the Landmark Rhododendron. Find out what’s in bloom here.
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
Stop by the Outdoor Gardens for 10 acres of gorgeous nature. Garden Nouveau (opens in July) will highlight many of the flowers Élisabeth Sonrel, an artist known for beautiful posters and watercolors, painted such as lilies, roses, hydrangeas, oleanders, and more.
1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189
Looking for beauty and tranquility? Stop by the Rose Garden for 50 rose varieties including the Chicago Peace Rose, a glowing pink flower with a butter-yellow heart that was discovered on the estate. And don’t miss the Idea Garden showcasing beds bursting with colorful annuals and assorted vegetable and herb plantings.
731 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
We’d be remiss if we did not call out this iconic location. This family-owned florist has been serving the community since 1936. And their sign hasn’t changed much since then. Drop by for the perfect vintage photo op. Then venture inside to peruse their gorgeous selection of blooms!