Chicago Park District



The City of Chicago's motto is "Urbs in Horto", which means city in a garden.  Our city is home to a vast number of beautiful gardens, and many of those are located in Chicago's parks, providing visitors with sights and smells throughout the year. With close to 75-acres of gardens currently enhancing Chicago’s parks, visitors will get a colorful display of flowers throughout the spring, summer and early fall seasons.

Since the development of Chicago’s earliest parks, gardens have been an integral part of the Chicago Park District and are a top tourist attraction. Chicago’s front yard is a spectacular site to see beginning late April and throughout the summer and early fall. Chicago Park District gardens are planted for the summer by June 15th, and most hold their color well into October.  Earlier in the year, look for spring plantings at a few parks, including Grant Park.  These gardens are at their peak mid-April to mid-May.  Visit the following outdoor gardens display featuring thousands of flowers surrounded by sculptures and waterfalls.


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Berger Park Cultural Center6205 N. Sheridan Rd.Ornamental1Community Garden
Douglas Parkcorner of Sacramento Ave. and Ogden Ave.Ornamental1Formal Gardens
Garfield Park Conservatory300 N. Central Park Ave.Ornamental4City Garden, Monet Garden, City Backyard Garden, Sensory Garden
Grant ParkLake Shore Dr. & Buckingham Fountain (500 S. Lake Shore Dr.)Ornamental1Buckingham Fountain Flower Gardens
Grant ParkUpper Randolph St. just east of Daley Bicentennial Pkwy., between Columbus Dr. & Michigan Ave.Ornamental1Cancer Survivor's Garden
Grant ParkCenter Median off of Congress Pkwy., between Columbus Dr. & Michigan Ave.Ornamental1Congress Median Garden
Grant ParkMichigan Ave. & Congress Pkwy.Ornamental1Congress Plaza Gardens
Grant ParkCenter triangle on Congress Pkwy. & Michigan Ave.Ornamental1Congress Triangle Garden
Grant ParkCorner of Balbo Ave. & Michigan Ave. (across from the Hilton Towers Hotel)Ornamental1Formal Gardens
Grant ParkColumbus Dr. & Congress Pkwy. (just north of Congress Pkwy.)Edible1North President's Court (Potager Garden run by Growing Power)
Grant ParkColumbus Dr. & Congress Pkwy. (just south of Congress Pkwy.)Ornamental1South President's Court
Grant ParkCorner of Balbo Ave. & Michigan Ave. (just north of Balbo Ave.)Ornamental1Spirit of Music Gardens
Grant ParkSouth of Buckingham Fountain, East of Columbus Dr. and west of Lake Shore Drive.Ornamental1Tiffany & Co. Foundation Celebration Garden
Humboldt Parkcorner of Humboldt Blvd. and Division St.Ornamental1Formal Gardens
Jackson Park6401 S. Stony Island Ave.Ornamental1Osaka Garden
Jackson ParkSouth of the Museum of Science and Industry between Cornell Dr. & Lake Shore Dr.Ornamental1Jackson Park Perennial Garden
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. 1 
Lake Shore East Park/No. 546450 E. Benton Pl. 1 
Lincoln ParkCorner of Stockton Dr. & Webster Ave. (3 blocks long)Ornamental1Grandmother's Garden
Lincoln ParkWest of Lincoln Park Zoo off Stockton Dr.Ornamental1Great Garden
Lincoln ParkWest of Lake Shore Dr., north of North Ave., at south end of the lagoonOrnamental1South Lagoon Flower Garden
Lincoln Park Conservatory2391 N. Stockton Dr.Ornamental1Conifer Garden
Smith Park2526 W. Grand Ave.Ornamental1Community Garden
South Shore Cultural Center7059 S. South Shore Dr. 1South Shore Cultural Center Formal & Herb Garden
Washington Park740 65th Pl.Ornamental1DuSable Museum Flower Gardens
Washington Square Park901 N. Clark St.Ornamental1Washington Square Park Fountain Garden