Cherry blossoms are a beautiful sign of Spring and a signal of warmer days ahead. Now, the sakura blooms are finally starting to show and are expected to fully flourish within the next few days ahead. The soft, delicate blossoms only bloom for a week or two, making it a rare sight. If you want to take in the blooming season this year, here’s where you can go for a spectacular view.
Because they are so rare, options can be limited in the city, but worry not. Below, I’ve compiled a map with all the hot cherry blossom viewing spots. Read on for more info.
1. Jackson Park
The historic park has become a cherry blossom hub. The delicate trees were first planted in 2013 to commemorate the 120th World’s Columbian Exposition and have attracted viewers since. As a way to celebrate the Japanese custom of celebrating Spring, also known as Hanami, over 50 more trees were planted over the next few years. This was a way to honor the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago.
There are five different types of cherry blossoms at the park. The Yoshino, Gooseberry, Snow Goose, Snow Fountains, and Accolade are all a sight to behold and show off unique differences.
Address: 6401 S Stony Is Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
2. The Garden of the Phoenix
You can also see a few blossoms at the nearby Garden of the Phoenix. Yes, they are technically in the same place but doesn’t the Garden of the Phoenix deserves a spot of its own? The gorgeous gardens first opened on March 31, 1893 and stands as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States.
Located outside of the city, this botanic garden is not to be missed. The cherry blossoms reside in the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden and usually peak in mid-May. (Which is more than enough time to plan a weekend getaway.) Over 20 magnificent cherry blossoms were first planted in 2012. This was a way to celebrate over 100 years since the first cherry blossom tree was gifted to the U.S.
Address: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022
Located outside of the city, this expansive public garden and outdoor museum specialize in tree research. Here, they showcase a few Japanese flowering cherry trees and a midwest adaption, the Sargent’s cherry tree.
Address: 4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532
5. Ba’hai House of Worship
Okay, we know this isn’t strictly in Chicago but the Ba’hai House of Worship for North America is truly a marvelous place to experience the cherry blossoms. The grounds are absolutely spectacular– Do you see the photo above? I mean, it’s breathtaking. If you feel like taking a field trip for some incredible cherry blossoms just outside of Chicago, this should be a stop along the way.
Address: 100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091
While there are sure to be a few pink flowering trees around Navy Pier or Lincoln Park, the best way to take in the blooming trees as a whole is at one of the above locations.