When it opened ahead of the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893, the Garden of the Phoenix—a tidy park nestled between two lagoons on Jackson Park's Wooded Island—served as an important symbol of U.S. and Japanese relations. That legacy continues today via the garden's restored pavilion and elegant Japanese-inspired landscaping, which you can see in full splendor every spring as its cherry blossom trees burst into pale pink bloom.
One of the best parts of living in a city like Chicago is getting to mix and mingle with the millions of other people who call this place home. But sometimes it's nice to get away from the urban bustle and spend some time in the peace and quiet of nature. Luckily, with more than 8,800 acres of green space and upwards of 600 parks sprinkled throughout Chicago, you're bound to find some unexplored corridors—from gorgeous garden spaces tucked within famous Chicago parks to a former industrial site located alongside the shores of Lake Michigan. We won't swear that these secret parks and gardens in Chicago will be completely devoid of people, of course, but we're pretty sure you'll have fun exploring them either way.
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