Today, it’s all about the florals. What better way to kick off the official start of spring? After weeks of hibernation, I’m slowly coming back to life — you, too? To celebrate the warm weather and blooming buds, I’m teaming up with Free People to share the ultimate spring OOTD. As soon as I saw this ‘All I Got’ Free People maxi-dress, I knew I just had to have it! The botanical combo color is absolutely dreamy, and pairs perfectly for a stroll around town. Naturally, I had to twirl around because Free People’s dresses are alive. (Remember this one?) I’m such a fan of the movement — adds so much charm, and personality. I’m also wearing the ‘Torrence Flat Sandal’ in Sandlewood for a fun boho twist. (Available in 3 colors)
Since the weather in Chicago is finally warming up, I wanted to share some of my favorite places to see flowers around town. Not only do these locations make the ultimate photo opp (engagement, maternity, wedding, etc) but, they’re just beautiful! A fun afternoon date with your family & loved ones.
BEST CHICAGO FLOWERS
Jackson Park: These Japanese gardens in Chicago are just breathtaking. A great place that inspires the mind & energizes the soul. The cherry blossoms along the Columbia Basin (just south of the Museum of Science and Industry) are so beautiful, and they’ll start blossoming in early April. There’s even a children’s book created after this place! Ah, so dreamy!
Lurie Garden: My husband and I used to live right across the street from these, so we’d often find ourselves enjoying the gardens with an ice-cream cone in hand! There’s thousands of hand-planted flowers (southeast corner of Millennium Park) and the garden is home to more than 60 species of birds! It’s a great place for a lunch date, too!
Garfield Park Conservatory: You’ve probably seen many Chicago bloggers take OOTD photos in these before! A great indoor forest filled with spring bulbs and perennials. It’s often referred to as the ‘landscape art under glass’ and it houses more than 2 acres inside. Travel through the conservatory and experience the tropical temperatures that will take you away from the business of the city. Oh, and in the summer there’s 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens. So many florals, so little time.
Chicago Botanic Garden: Even though it’s not located downtown Chicago, it’s a great place to escape for the day. it’s been opened for more than 40 years, and has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. I used to go here all of the time as a kid, and it was always a blast. The garden features over 385 acres on and around nine islands (with six miles of the lake shoreline) The Bonsai Collection is my favorite!
Michigan Avenue: This one may surprise you, but I absolutely love strolling around Michigan Avenue during the spring/summer months due to the gorgeous tulips that are planted throughout the Magnificent Mile. They’re absolutely beautiful — so vibrant, and colorful.
Photo Credit: Nicole | Cedar & Rush (my gal!)