Garden of the Phoenix
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Tucked away between two lagoons on Jackson Park's Wooded Island, the Garden of the Phoenix—oftentimes referred to as the Japanese Garden or Osaka Garden—is a traditional garden space dedicated to the U.S. and Japanese relationship, complete with a century-old pavilion gifted to Chicago by the Japanese government for the 1893 Columbian Exhibition. For best results, visit in the spring, when the garden's 160 cherry trees bathe the premises with blush-colored blooms.