Where to See Tulips in Chicago + Nearby Tulip Fields & Festivals

Spring in Chicago not only brings warmer temperatures but also beautiful flowers in and around Chicago for those that want to enjoy spending time outdoors 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 during the spring. If you are willing to drive a bit further, you can also find farms with large tulip fields and tulip festivals near Chicago that are close enough to visit on a day trip.

Tulips in the Chicago area usually bloom around mid to late April and last until mid to late May   Update as of May 4, 2022: The tulips are 2-3 weeks late this year due to cooler weather but they are finally starting to bloom.

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Best Places to See Tulips in and near Chicago

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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 relevant websites. Note: Make sure to check the websites and social media pages for the most current information and to purchase tickets in advance (if required).

Tulips in Chicago

These are the best places to see tulips in the city.

Michigan Avenue

Every year tens of thousands of tulip bulbs are planted in the Michigan Avenue medians from Oak Street to Roosevelt Road.

This includes the medians in the Magnificent Mile (including in front of the 360 Observation Deck, the Water Tower and the Tribune Tower) as well as in front of the The Art Institute of Chicago.

Read this article for more about the history of the tulips on Michigan Avenue.

State Street

tulips across the Chicago Theatre on State Street in the spring
Although not as many as Michigan Avenue, you can also find some tulips on State Street in the Loop. There are some tulips on State Street between W Wacker Drive and Monroe – including right across the Chicago Theatre (a popular Chicago photo spot).

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

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

Lilacia Park, Lombard

Lilacia Park is an 8.5-acre park in Lombard with lilac and tulip gardens in the spring. You can see over 50 kinds of tulips.

Address: 150 S Park Ave, Lombard, IL 60148

Distance from Chicago: 23 miles west of Chicago

Cantigny Park

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

Phillips Park Sunken Gardens

Over 10,000 tulips are planted at Phillips Park Sunken Gardens in preparation of the springtime bloom, which usually occurs in early to mid-April.

Phillips Park, a magnificent 325-acre urban park is also home to Phillips Park Zoo, Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center, Phillips Park Golf Course, play areas, and a lakeside walking and running trail.

Address: Ray Moses Dr, Aurora, IL 60505

Distance from Chicago: 43 miles west of Chicago

Kuipers Family Farm (NEW!)

Kuipers Family Farm will be hosting their first ever Midwest Tulip Fest. They have planted 300,000 tulip bulbs in a mixture of color across 5 acres. The flower fields will be fully accessible for strolling through and taking pictures. They will also have specific fields set aside to cut tulips. Admission to the Midwest Tulip Fest will also include access to some of their feature activities on the FunFarm. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the gate.

Address: 1N318 Watson Rd Maple Park, IL 60151

Distance from Chicago: 57 miles west of downtown Chicago

Dates:  The Midwest Tulip Fest is set to launch May 7, 2022. They have planted over 30 varieties of tulips that will bloom over the course of an estimated 3 weeks, so as some of the bands of color begin to fade another will be at its peak. Check their Facebook page for updates. The tulips fest ended on May 20, 2022.

Hours:  10am-7pm on Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm on Monday-Friday

Cost: Saturday-Sunday: $14.99 online or $17.99 at the gate; Monday-Friday: $11.99 online or $14.99 at the gate. Ages 2 and under FREE. (Add-On Admission Ticket Options: $5.99 Three U-Cut Tulips, $9.99 Six U-Cut Tulips &   $2.00 Jumping Pillow Wristband.)

Richardson Adventure Farm

Richardson Adventure Farm will be hosting its second 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 a beautiful setting. Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome.

Admission includes entrance into the flower field, access to the picnic area around Richardson Lake, an activity area, live music on the weekend, and more! Flowers, food items, and memorabilia are available for an additional fee.

Professional photographers are charged $100/day during operating hours. For more information, visit their photography section.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance.

Address: 909 English Prairie Rd, Spring Grove, IL 60081

Distance from Chicago: 65 miles northwest of downtown Chicago

Dates:  May 8 – 20, 2022. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Hours: 11am – 6:30pm.  CLOSED on Mondays.

Cost: $15 Saturday and Sunday; $12 Tuesday through Friday. Ages 3 and under Free. Admission include 1 free tulip per person. Additional tulip picked are $1 extra.

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.

Dates: May 7- 15, 2022

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 Dutch heritage and 300,000+ vibrantly blooming tulips. In addition to admiring tulips, you can enjoy delicious Dutch foods, performances, museum tours and more.

Dates: Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7, 2022. You can find detailed information and a schedule of events here.

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?


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  1. Chicago is a wonderful and beautiful destination, and its tulips make the city even more spectacular. Thank you for the great list of where to catch and see fascinating tulips in Chicago, a great post to add to a wonderful Chicago travel itinerary!

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