Spring in Chicago not only brings warmer temperatures but also beautiful flowers in and around Chicago for those that want to enjoy being in nature or take photos for instagram. If you live in or are visiting Chicago this spring and googled “tulip fields near me” or “tulips in chicago” you are in the right place. There are several places to see tulips in Chicago and the suburbs which usually bloom around mid to late April. If you are willing to drive a bit further, you can also find large tulip fields and festivals near Chicago that you can visit on a day trip.
Best Places to See Tulips in and near Chicago
Below is a list of the best places to see tulips in and near Chicago. I have included all the information you need to plan your visit, including addresses, dates and times, prices, activities as well as links to their websites. Note: Make sure to check the websites for most current information regarding safety precautions and to purchase tickets in advance (if required).
Tulips in Chicago
These are the best places to see tulips in the city.
Millennium Park and Lurie Garden
You can usually find tulips in Lurie Garden and other parts of Millennium Park. Lurie Garden is a 2.5-acre garden located at the southern end/southeast corner of Millennium Park. The garden has perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees and offers great skyline views.
Every year tens of thousands of tulip bulbs are planted in the Michigan Avenue medians from Oak Street to Roosevelt Road. Read this article for more about the history of the tulips on Michigan Avenue.
Tulip Gardens & Fields Near Chicago
Below is a list of the best places to see tulips near Chicago (listed in order of distance from downtown Chicago).
Chicago Botanic Garden
It’s time for a #naturemoment. Take a break to admire the spring blooms outside your window and share what you see. Be sure to include #naturemoment in your post and tag us. We’re seeing tulips blooming at the Garden. pic.twitter.com/USMCHGL70Y
— Chicago Botanic Garden (@chicagobotanic) May 6, 2020
Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers with 27 gardens and four natural areas, situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. You can find thousands of tulips here in April and May especially in the Circle Garden. Its website has several garden walks online including an April walk.
Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois 60022
Distance from Chicago: 24 miles north of Chicago
The Tulips have just started their show for Spring… pic.twitter.com/5Lr1hz6ATw
— CantignyPark (@CantignyPark) May 5, 2020
Cantigny Park is a 500-acre public park in Wheaton, Illinois. It is the former estate of Joseph Medill and his grandson Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publishers of the Chicago Tribune. You can see tulips here late April/early May.
Address: 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189
Distance from Chicago: 34 miles west of Chicago
Richardson Adventure Farm (NEW!)
Richardson Adventure Farm will be hosting its first ever Richardson Tulip Festival this spring with 5 acres of tulips. They have planted 300,000 bulbs with 30 different varieties – 230,000 tulips are in colorful blocks with a central design for pictures and 70,000 tulips are mixed colors in a pick-your-own area. The tulips are planted near their own, private 36 acre lake for an absolutely beautiful setting.
In addition to tulips they will have food trucks, beer and wine, and free use of picnic tables near the lakefront, free games to play – giant checkers, jenga, cornhole, etc. as well as live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Their gift shop on the adjacent Adventure Farm grounds will be open for gifts, wine tasting, their own fresh donuts, popcorn, kettle corn, and indoor restrooms. It’s about a ½ mile walk, or you may drive, from the tulip fields parking area.
Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome. Professional photographers are charged $100/day during operating hours. For more information, visit their photography section.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance or may also be purchased in person at their ticket gate.
Distance from Chicago: 65 miles northwest of downtown Chicago
Dates: The weather determines the dates of when the tulips bloom, but they are expected to be in full bloom or nearly full bloom from April 24, 2021 (or possibly a few days sooner) through mid-May. Check their Facebook page regularly for up-to-date information.
Hours: 11a – 7:30p daily from mid-April through mid-May, 2021
Cost: Ages 4 and up: $12 Monday through Friday + 1 Free Tulip per person; $15 Saturday and Sunday + 1 Free Tulip/ person. Ages 3 and under are FREE. $1/ additional tulip picked.
Tulip Fields & Festivals in the Midwest
If you are looking for a weekend getaway from Chicago in early May, these small Dutch towns in the Midwest are home to two of the best tulip festivals in the US.
Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan
Tulip Time Festival is an annual festival held in Holland, Michigan and you can see millions of tulips in local parks, attractions and lining the streets. The Tulip Time Festival has been held every year in mid-May since 1929 and is currently the largest tulip festival in the United States. While you can enjoy the beautiful flowers, due to current events some are their festival events (parades, Dutch Dance performances, and the carnival) are not taking place this year.
Dates: May 1 – 9, 2021
Distance from Chicago: Holland, Michigan is located 150 miles from Chicago (close enough for a day trip from Chicago)
Tulip Festival in Pella, Iowa
Pella, Iowa is celebrating its 85th annual Tulip Time Festival in 2021. In addition to admiring thousands of beautiful tulips, you can enjoy delicious Dutch foods, performances, museum tours and more.
Distance from Chicago: Pella, Iowa is located approximately 315 miles west of Chicago (44 miles from Des Moines)
Have you visited any tulip fields in and near Chicago?