Tulips and Cherry Blossoms Bring Spring Colors


Celebrating the turn of the season, the streets of the city will soon be filled with new blooms. Take a walk through Jackson Park or a stroll down Michigan Avenue to see the beautiful cherry blossoms and tulips.

Tulips on Michigan Ave

Every year in late October to early November, tulip buds are planted along Michigan Avenue. In April, these buds start blooming in beautiful arrays of color. Enjoy the tulip buds at one of these upcoming events.

The Spectrum Installation will take place on April 7. This interactive installation will educate guests about the phenomenon of communication. By illuminating the path of waves generated by speech and other sounds, the installation will explain how voice is a cascade of sound waves and pulses. Spectrum will be installed April 5 to 7 and will be activated for guests from April 8 through May 7.

The Magnificent Mile Tulip Baptism will take place on April 17. Join for a formal baptism of the Magnificent Mile tulips in front of the gardens. This event will host leaders from Chicago, the Netherlands Consulate, SSA 76, and The Association for formal remarks. Over 4,000 bulbs alongside a 6 foot tall tulip statue make the perfect photo opportunities.

Attend the Flight of Butterflies Media Event on May 20. Leaders from Chicago, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, The Englewood Arts Collective, Magnificent Mile property managers, SSA 76, and The Association will be in attendance. At Jane Byrne Park, these leaders will celebrate the first installment of ten butterflies that will perch along Michigan Avenue.

Cherry Blossoms in Jackson Park

Around the Columbian Basin, Jackson Park is home to roughly 190 pink and white cherry blossom trees. The trees are located south of the Museum of Science and Industry and the Japanese Garden on the Wooded Island. The bloom of these trees is spectacular, and it typically lasts six to fourteen days between the end of April and the beginning of May. The Japanese word “Hanami” is used to describe this season, and it translates to “flower viewing.” Hanami will soon be upon Chicago’s cherry blossom trees, so take your family and friends to Jackson Park this month to enjoy the pink and white blooms. More information will be posted on the Chicago Park District’s website closer to the blooming season.

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