Cherry blossoms in Chicago are a beautiful sign of spring and a signal of warmer days ahead. Now, the Sakura blooms are finally expected to bloom and have started showing signs of flourishing soon. The soft, delicate blossoms only bloom for a week or two, making it a rare sight. If you want to take in cherry blossoms in Chicago 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, we’ve compiled a map with all the hot cherry blossom viewing spots, from Chicago’s most prominent gardens to the best parks.
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 sights to behold and show off unique differences.
According to the Chicago Park District, the cherry blossom trees have started their blooming journey and are currently at stages 2, 3, and 4, where buds are starting to open.
Address: 6401 S Stony Is Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
2. Chicago Botanic Garden
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. (This 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
3. The Morton Arboretum
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
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 in all their splendor is at one of the above locations. Happy spring!