Top 10 Beautiful Gardens To Escape To In Chicago

Lurie Garden | © Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr
Lurie Garden | © Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr
Photo of Mahwesh Fatima
9 February 2017

In a city such as Chicago, many individuals are overwhelmed with day-to-day hustle and bustle and don’t get a chance to escape from their busy everyday lives. Luckily, Chicago has a vast variety of areas where individuals can take a moment to stop and recharge their minds. We’ve listed our top 10 stunning parks and beautiful gardens to visit.

The Art Institute of Chicago South Garden

Located on the south side of the Art Institute of Chicago along Michigan Avenue, this simple and modern garden is uniquely built upon a parking garage. It is as peaceful as it is beautiful and includes an open courtyard with symmetrically placed trees surrounding it. The garden has a fantastically soothing ambiance, no matter what the weather may be.

South Garden, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 312 443 3600

Promontory Point at Burnham Park

Memorial, Park
Promontory Point on the Lake Michigan shoreline park at sunset from the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago's south side
Watch the sun set from Promontory Point on the Lake Michigan shoreline | © D Guest Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
Along with offering one of the most beautiful views of the Chicago skyline, Promontory Point at Burnham Park is a quaint area where visitors can escape from the city’s noise. This park shares the same architect as the Caldwell Lily Pool, Alfred Caldwell, and he has created a similar serene and relaxing environment, but with a modern twist.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory | © Howard Lifshitz/Flickr
Garfield Park Conservatory is a tropical paradise. You almost feel as though you’ve been transported to a vivid, green rainforest away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. The stages and installations change frequently, so you can visit again and again.

North Park Nature Center

Park, Natural Feature
North Park Nature Center
North Park Nature Center | © Daniel O’Neil/Flickr
North Park Nature Center offers a variety of woodland and prairie areas to experience. An abundant 46-acre preserve, the landscape is somewhat of a hidden gem in the city. The natural state of this park has been incredibly well preserved, with paths, gardens, and fields to explore.

Harold Washington Library’s Winter Garden

Library, Building
Harold Washington Library, Chicago
Harold Washington Library, Chicago | © Mike Steel/Flickr
For many, the library is a peaceful escape where work can be more easily accomplished. Harold Washington Library’s 9th floor carries a stunning space that lets visitors have the best of a library and aesthetics of a beautiful garden flooded with natural light. Not only is this a place to clear your head, but it is also a vision of architectural beauty.

Northerly Island Park

View from Northerly Island
View from Northerly Island | © JohnPickenPhoto/Flickr
Northerly Island Park is a ‘man-made peninsula’ located along Chicago’s lakefront. Along with a beautiful natural area to enjoy, the park also provides a striking view of the city skyline and some of the best fishing in the area.

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