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Gardens: Chicago Style

You think of Chicago and you think architecture. You think bone chilling cold winters. Television buffs think of George Clooney and ER. You think industrial revolution. You think The Jungle and Sister Carrie. You think the mob and Al Capone. But, I certainly never thought gardens. Chicago has gardens at every other turn. You go two blocks and there’s a garden or a park. Not whimpy gardens but really fully maintained beautiful ones. With flowers bulging at the seams.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park

Wishing Well Canal at Millennium Park

Garden at Millennium Park

Bee at the Garden

Garden at Millennium Park

Gardener Grooming the Garden Grounds

Millennium Park Garden

Chicago Skyline from the Garden

Pretty in Blue

Millennium Park

Millennium Park Founders Arch

Millennium Park Founders Arch

Grass Steps at Chicago Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Flower in Fourth Presbyterian Church Garden

Garden Arch near beach

Garden near beach

Olive Park

A garden plaza


















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40 responses

  1. I never saw the Wishing Well Canal when I was there. Great shot. Love the angle.

    August 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

  2. M.C.

    Thank you for noticing! As a native Chicagoan living in L.A., the thing I miss most is the parks and gardens (yes, on every other block!). I would trade the hot, dry So-Cal weather for Chicago’s climate any time. I am so homesick for my beautiful home town!!! Next to Paris, Chicago is the most beautiful city (at least to me).

    August 5, 2012 at 11:13 PM

  3. You’re right…”gardens” wouldn’t even have made my top 10. But now they will…


    August 5, 2012 at 11:37 PM

  4. I’ve lived in Chicago just about all my life and next to the architecture, the open spaces and green spaces are awesome. :)

    August 6, 2012 at 12:37 AM

  5. chicago always was underrated in this aspect

    August 6, 2012 at 12:45 AM

  6. it was wonderful, beautiful ..

    August 6, 2012 at 1:22 AM

  7. Wow, Chicago is another city I gotta see before I die.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:29 AM

  8. the tech city….,

    August 6, 2012 at 1:31 AM

  9. Chicago is beautiful! Would love to visit there some time..

    August 6, 2012 at 3:29 AM

  10. Gorgeous!

    August 6, 2012 at 4:20 AM

  11. Jayne

    Gardens are something I look for in every city I visit. Looks like Chicago needs to be on my list!

    August 6, 2012 at 4:40 AM

  12. woooww!! what gorgeous and stunning pictures!! :-)

    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

  13. Nice!! I love the wishing well canal and garden arch pictures. I could spend hours there.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:58 AM

  14. TheBowTieButterFly

    Beautiful photographs! Love the post! Congrats on being freshly pressed!! :)

    August 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM

  15. These are beautiful photos, thank you for sharing.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

  16. Beautifully shot! Looks like a wonderful place to be in garden with lots of green and fresh air :-)

    August 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

  17. I love the photographs!

    August 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

  18. You are so right!! I have never thought of Gardens and Chicago together. Great job with the photo’s and thank you for sharing them.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

  19. You are right, we don’t think of gardens when we think Chicago… maybe we will start now. Beautiful photography.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

  20. Wow. Great photos. I never thought of Chicago and gardens but of course there would have to be gardens. Just beautiful from your photos.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

  21. Chicago sure is a beautiful city. You’re absolutely right that the gardens don’t spring to mind when you think of the Windy City. But they’re here! I promise!

    August 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

  22. What a beautiful place. I hope i could visit there soon. I have so many friends taking pictures during their visit in millennium park.

    August 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

  23. These are beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing with us! This gives me more incentive to visit Chicago!

    August 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

  24. I’ve lived just north of Chicago (in Evanston – another beautiful city on the lake) for over 20 years and I love Chicago. If you’ve never visited you should –just not in winter! Also the Chicago Botanic Garden north of Chicago is fabulous!

    August 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

  25. I lived in Chicago for 17 years (I just relocated a few months ago due north) and would encourage anyone to do some garden-gazing in the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods of Chicago. Also check out the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It’s true, the gardens do bulge at the seams with flowers! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!

    August 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

  26. These are marvelous! :)

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    August 6, 2012 at 2:11 PM

  27. Kim

    This reminds me of how much I miss that city! Beautiful shots.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:37 PM

  28. I miss Chicago. May be time to go back. Sigh

    August 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

  29. Reblogged this on Flower Blossoms' Blog and commented:
    Like most people, when they think of Chicago, they immediately think of architecture. How about Chicago’s hidden gem: gardens?

    August 6, 2012 at 6:33 PM

  30. Wow beautiful!

    August 6, 2012 at 8:23 PM

  31. I love Chicago! The Lincoln Park zoo is beautifully garden-esque as well!

    August 6, 2012 at 9:12 PM

  32. Art

    Very nice work

    August 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM

  33. i’ve also noticed this. on Ellis heading south to the 55th bus stop two large, circular flower beds parallel the street. it’s a nice sight to improve the daily attitude, and the commute of course.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:33 PM

  34. Very nice stuff. Haven’t been to Chicago in ages!

    August 6, 2012 at 10:39 PM

  35. If you’re willing to trek out to the suburbs, the Botanical Gardens are certainly worth your while.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

  36. I lived in Evanston,north of Chicago in 1995-96. I love Chicago. I miss Blues festival,Ravinia festival…..

    August 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

  37. gorgeous images! i particularly like the one of the trellace (sp?) / gazebo-y looking structure???!!! :)

    August 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

  38. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Chicago for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was absolutely beautiful! Millenium Park was definitely one of my favorite places to visit. I had a lot of fun taking pics there. I hope to move soon!

    August 7, 2012 at 4:08 PM

  39. It’s been years since I’ve visited Chicago, and always enjoyed it, summer or winter. The “new” Millennium Park looks spare but very Chicago. Thanks for your great shots!

    August 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

  40. Love Chicago! Went there last year. Truly breathtaking!

    August 11, 2012 at 5:31 AM

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