Jackson Park Cherry Blossoms

The area surrounding the Columbian Basin in Jackson Park is home to about 160 cherry blossom trees that typically bloom each spring.  The trees are located just south of the Museum of Science and Industry and in the Japanese Garden on the Wooded Island, a short walk south of the Columbian Basin.  The bloom is a spectacular sight to see.  The information below will help in planning a visit to Jackson Park.  We hope you enjoy your time there. 
 

Cherry Blossoms Watch 2022

We're tracking the cherry blossoms based on the following Bud Development Legend. 

The bloom is complete.  Join us again next year for it, but make sure to visit Jackson Park before then to take in its year-round beauty.  
 

Stage 1:  
Buds swelling but still closed.

 

Stage 2: 
Buds starting to open.

 

Stage 3:
Buds opening, petals are visible.

 

Stage 4: 
Buds opening, flowers are visible.
 
Stage 5: 
Many flowers are opening.

 

Stage 6:   
Flowers are fully open. 
 

 

Planning Your Visit

Best Times to Visit 

For best viewing options, we recommend visiting the Cherry Blossom Grove during times with smaller crowds, which include weekday mornings, and early afternoons.


Parking

Car - Paid metered parking is available in the Music Court lot which is southeast of the Columbian Basin.  Free parking is available in the lot at Hayes & Cornell Dr. which is southwest of Wooded Island.  Street parking is available along many streets around the park. 

Bike - Bike racks are located in a few areas around the park.  Look for the bike rack icon on the map for locations.

 

Getting to the Cherry Blossom Trees

From the Music Court parking lot:
Walk north to access the cherry blossom trees located on the east side of the Columbian Basin.*  
*Please note:  Due to the Darrow Bridge construction, access is not available to the cherry trees located west of the Columbian Basin or to Wooded Island, from this lot.


From the Hayes & Cornell parking lot:
Walk north through Wooded Island (enjoy the beautiful walk along the way).  At the end of the island, continue to walk north to access the cherry trees located on the west side of the Columbian Basin.  The walk from this lot to the cherry blossom trees is about 10-15 minutes.  The Darrow Bridge construction prevents access to the trees on the east side of the basin from the lot at Hayes & Cornell.  

 

Additional Sites to See in Jackson Park

There are a number of other delightful things to see in Jackson Park.  We encourage you to explore the following sites.  Consider bringing an identification book or app to assist you. 

Within walking distance of the cherry trees: Within a short bike or car ride from the cherry trees:
Map
Rules & Regulations
  • Pets are prohibited on Wooded Island
    Dogs and all other pets should be left home. They can be very disruptive to the wildlife in the Wooded Island nature sanctuary, especially at this time with a large number of nesting birds.
  • Clipping or removing blooms is prohibited.  
  • Clean up after visiting the park
    A limited amount of garbage cans are available, so please plan to bring your garbage home with you to discard there. 
  • Do not walk on native plantings
    Be mindful of the native vegetation plantings located directly around the perimeter of the Columbian Basin.  Please do not walk on them. 
Learn More about the Cherry Trees & Hanami

 

Terms

Hanami - The Japanese custom of celebrating spring which almost always refers to cherry or plum trees.  People often stop to relax and enjoy the delicate fragrance unique to the cherry tree.

Sakura - A Japanese term used to identify the flower of a cherry tree.

Prunus – This is a genus of trees & shrubs which include cherry, plum, nectarines, and apricot. Cherry trees to identify are listed below:
  • Prunus serrulata ‘Snow Goose’
  • Prunus x subhirtella ‘Snow Fountains’ white, weeping
  • Prunus x yedoensis ‘Yoshino’ pink fading to white.  The bark is dark reddish-brown and will leaf out once flowering has finished.
  • Prunus serrulata ’Accolade’(pink)cross between sargentii & subhirtella.  Most treasured of the cherry trees. Opens bright pink with semi-double blossoms in drooping clusters along bare branches.

When looking at a cherry tree blossom, notice a tiny notch at the end of each petal.  This is unique to cherry trees.

 

Audio Recordings

Learn more about the Cherry Blossoms, and their history in Jackson Park through the following recordings.

 

 

Additional Information

Click on the following links to learn more about these topics:

Cherry Blossom Video & Photos

2020 VIDEO 

2020 PHOTOS 

5/13/20 Jackson Park Cherry Blossoms 1

 

5/13/20 Jackson Park Cherry Blossoms 2

 

5/13/20 Jackson Park Cherry Blossoms 3

5/13/20 Jackson Park Cherry Blossoms 4

 

 

If you come out to see the cherry blossoms, share your photos on social media with this hashtag: #CHICherryBlossoms.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Jackson Park.

 

Cherry Blossoms Product Collection on www.chicagoparkstore.com