18 Most Beautiful Gardens in Chicago

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Looking for ways to see Chicago from a different perspective? Strolling through the beautiful gardens in Chicago offers a tranquil respite from the bustling city life.

Truth be told, I love gardens. So, I spend as much time as I can at beautiful gardens in Chicago that you may have never known existed.

While Chicago has a long list of popular attractions that continue to draw tourists, including various types of cuisines and shopping on the Magnificent Mile, I wouldn’t want you to miss the beauty of our urban parks.

However, amid all the city noises, there are numerous beautiful gardens for peace and relaxation that you may not know about. And what better place to feed your soul with florals and fauna than a pretty garden?

Here is a list of lovely spots where you can relax in the Windy City. Check out these beautiful pictures! Maybe they will spark some garden ideas for your home!

Loop Neighborhood

garden with statute and pond
South Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago has some amazing gardens both in the city and surrounding suburbs. One of the city’s top gardens is Buckingham Fountain where beautiful, scented flowers, sculptures, and lovely landscapes can be enjoyed. Another famous garden is located in the suburb of Highland Park.Β Β 

During fall, the leaves transform the beautiful gardens of Chicago into a jewel-toned paradise.

The Rose Gardens at Buckingham Fountain

πŸ“301 N. Columbus

Maggie Daley Cancer Survivor’s Garden

πŸ“337 E. Randolph

The Art Institute of Chicago

πŸ“111 S. Michigan Ave

Lurie Garden

πŸ“220 E. Monroe St.

Winter Garden

πŸ“400 S. State St.

Grant Park

πŸ“331 E. Randolph

West Neighborhoods

fountain in center of garden
Buckingham Fountain Flower Gardens

There are two places that I want to highlight above the rest in the western neighborhoods. These parks and gardens in Chicago are not just about flowers, they are about urban agriculture and show where people can come together within the community to enjoy hosted events and a sense of unity.

The Garfield Park Conservatory and Humboldt Park are two iconic green spaces in Chicago that showcase the city’s natural beauty and provide a haven for nature enthusiasts. The scent of flowers fills the air in these beautiful gardens in Chicago.

Garfield Park Conservatory

πŸ“300 N. Central Park Ave.

Humboldt Park

πŸ“1400 N. Humboldt Dr.

North Neighborhoods

rose garden
North Rose Garden at Buckingham Fountain

The northern neighborhoods are blessed with an abundance of parks and gardens that captivate visitors with their charm and natural splendor.

Oz Park is located in Lincoln Park. It’s a whimsical retreat inspired by L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz. There are enchanting sculptures depicting characters like Dorothy, Toto, and the Tin Man. The cowardly Lion if my favorite character on the show but you’ll have to visit the art institute for anything close to a sculpture. Anyway, it’s a delightful destination for both children and adults.

If you can make it to the Chicago Botanic Garden, I recommend the conservatory, Oz Park, and Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool because they are very close in proximity, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is also nearby. It’s easy to spend an entire day enjoy this group of gardens in Chicago.

Chicago Botanic Garden

πŸ“1000 Lake Cook Road

Lincoln Park Conservatory

πŸ“2931 N. Stockton Dr.

Oz Park

πŸ“2021 N. Burling St.

garden with pathway
Garfield Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Zoo

πŸ“2001 N. Clark St.

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

πŸ“125 W. Fullerton Parkway

Peace Garden

πŸ“4200 Lakefront Trail

Rosenbaum Perennial Garden

πŸ“Michigan & Oak St.

South Neighborhoods

It may surprise you to see so many beautiful gardens in Chicago. One my favorites in the southern part of the city is the Spirit of Music Garden. It is close to Buckingham Fountain on Michigan Avenue and may is one of the hidden gems of the city.

The Garden of the Phoenix is also stunning. Photographers often flock to the beautiful gardens in Chicago to capture their natural beauty.

Spirit of Music Garden

πŸ“601 S. Michigan (at Balbo Ave.)

Garden of the Phoenix

πŸ“6300 S. Cornell Ave

Jackson Park

πŸ“6401 S. Stony Island

Final Thoughts on the Most Beautiful Gardens in Chicago

I love strolling through the beautiful gardens in Chicago on a sunny day.

Gardens are just as special in urban areas as they are in rural areas, and Chicago’s gardens are no exception. I have spent many hours in several Chicago gardens like Grant Park, Lincoln Park, and the Garfield Conservatory.

My favorite time to a walk in a garden is in the early to late evening. The areas are not as busy with kids and the atmosphere is a quieter and calmer.

When I seek fresh experiences while traveling, I look for beautiful green spaces that offer a different lens from the city and provide an oasis in which to unwind and relax.

But Chicago’s gardens aren’t just pretty to look at. They are also an important part of the city’s efforts to combat air pollution, improve public health, and increase biodiversity within the urban environment. Without a doubt, the city’s beautiful programs have made an impact on how attractive Chicago is today.

From the stunning Lurie Garden in Millennium Park to the historic Garfield Park Conservatory, there are plenty of reasons to visit Chicago’s gardens. So, if you’re looking for a way to escape the noise and pollution of the city, look no further than these community treasures.

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  1. I love that between all those skyscrapers, you can still find so many beautiful gardens. And each one of these looks very pretty indeed. Thank you for putting this together, great work! Like always ❀️

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Thanks so much! I love gardens (and wish I had a green thumb). These are nice places to escape to in the city!

  2. I love visiting a couple of gardens during my vacation. It gives me a chance to relax and unwind a little while still getting some sightseeing in (β€’β€Ώβ€’)

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      I feel the same. Visiting gardens give me a chance to decompress and recharge for the next 10,000 steps LOL!!

  3. Travel A-Broads says:

    My last couple visits to Chicago were for training, and I didn’t have nearly enough time to explore all that this city has to offer. Luckily, I was able to visit Buckingham Fountain, but I would love to go back and experience some of these gems, especially Garfield Park Conservatory and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Thanks for sharing! Xx Sara

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Those are two great picks, and the florals are stunning!

  4. What beautiful gardens! I love spending time in parks and gardens, especially in busy cities like Chicago. It must be so peaceful. Chicago is high on my list.

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      My favorite is the gardents at Buckingham Fountain, it’s about 5 minutes on foot from the Bean. Hope you visit soon!

  5. Wow, I had no idea Chicago had so many beautiful gardens! My favorites were Garfield Park Conservatory and Chicago Botanic Garden! πŸ™‚

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      There are so many things to see in Chicago that the garden’s are easy to miss. I love that city planners have made these spaces for city residents.

  6. Bea Pinnegar says:

    Love (virtually) exploring Chacigao through your posts! I’m a sucker for gardens and had no idea Chicago had so many. The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool has taken my heart – can’t wait to visit!

    1. Tanya Taylor says:

      Thank you, it is a great city and has so much to offer. I hope you are able to visit soon!