Spring 2014: Where to Enjoy a Taste of Spring in Chicago

After this winter’s polar vortex, spring 2014 is having a hard time showing it’s colors. For those who can’t wait a minute longer, there are some amazing gardens taking root indoors around the Windy City.

So if you are seeing more of this…

Than this...


Here’s Where to Go…


Macy’s 2013 Chicago Flower Show. Photo credit: Steve Brown

Macy’s Secret Garden

Hidden away on the ninth floor of Macy’s State Street store is an oasis of the spring we’ve all been seeking. This year’s display, aptly named, “The Secret Garden” features over 75 specimen trees and 9,000 individual plants representing nearly 200 species in bloom. In addition, guests can view the latest in fashions created by The Chicago Fashion Incubator designers.

Before or after your walk through the garden, you may want to head to the seventh floor of Macy’s for something to eat. Stop by the iconic Walnut Room…a Chicago treasure since 1907 where you can enjoy traditional meals including Mrs. Hering’s original pot pie or select from more than 100 wines at their wood-paneled wine bar.

In a hurry, head to Macy’s Seven on State food court featuring an innovative menu of choices from the likes of Rick Bayless and Marcus Samuelson (Marc Burger) to miso ramen from Takashi.

The free admission Secret Garden opens to the public on Sunday, March 23, during store hours, through April 6.

Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories


Spring is alive and well at the Lincoln Park and Garfield Park Conservatories with azaleas, camellias and hydrangeas providing that perfect jolt of color that makes us almost forget the gray winter.  Free admission, now through May 11, 2014.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show


Be prepared for a magical journey of discovery as you walk through the many displays on Navy Pier at the Chicago Garden and Flower Show. There’s a lot to do and see from demonstrations, seminars, casual conversations with the vendors and designers plus the opportunity to purchase unique and top quality flowers, bulbs and more.

The Chicago Garden and Flower Show runs now through March 23 on Navy Pier.  Tickets, $17 weekdays, $19 weekends, $5 kids 4 to 12.

Meanwhile, back at Chicago’s Lurie Garden…


The promise of spring awaits.

Spring officially arrives, tomorrow, March 20, 2014 at 11:57 a.m., CST. Happy Spring!

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