The following remain closed: all playgrounds, all pools and most areas & facilities east of Lake Shore Drive except for the Lakefront Trail, harbors, golf courses and many concessions. Beaches are closed for the season. Water fountains remain off. The Lakefront Trail and The 606 are open, users must keep it moving. Most fieldhouses are open 9 am – 5 pm weekdays for washrooms and shelter only. GO HERE to learn more.
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. 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 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. With close to 25-acres of gardens currently enhancing Chicago’s parks, visitors will get a colorful display of flowers throughout the spring, summer and early fall seasons.
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