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Chicago spring flower shows, gardening treats guide

  • April 2, 2023

Nothing signals springtime like the return of budding trees and wildflowers. Florals for spring might not be groundbreaking, but they are timeless and make us happy.

Whether you’re looking to bask in the beauty of beautiful blooms or consider yourself a serious horticulturist, there are plenty of opportunities around Chicago to admire and learn. Here’s a look at some of them.

Inside the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Inside the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Garfield Park Conservatory

When: Through May 14.

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.

The Garfield Park Conservatory’s “Spring Flower Show: Bees Knees” explores the relationship between bees and flowers. Staff members show off the blooms and hives from the conservatory’s beekeeping program. Tulips, daffodils, honey: It’s maximum spring.

More info: Admission is free, with donations accepted. Advance reservations are suggested.

Spring Woods Walk

When: Beginning Sunday.

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden’s McDonald Woods, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe.

You’ll get to see budding trees and scenic flowers and maybe get a chance to spot some of the more than 100 migrating and resident types of birds that pass through in the spring. What’s more, optional, guided 45-minute tours teach visitors about seasonal challenges facing the area.

More info: Tickets $9.95, parking $8.

‘Life Under a Log’

When: April 16.

Where: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

The Oak Park Conservatory teams with the Trailside Museum, Field Museum and Illinois Master Naturalists to put on this annual kid’s festival about animals. This year’s theme “Life Under a Log” focuses on amphibians and reptiles. Kids can meet the “Frog Lady,” see snakes and other creatures up close and learn about the lives of the cold-blooded.

More info: Free, but advance tickets are required.

Inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

‘Cooler by the Lake’

When: Through May 14.

Where: Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391

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