Spring came early to the Chicago this year. To be honest, I am ready for spring but not the spring blossoms. You see, I love it when Chicago is in full bloom but I need more time to go looking for it. Because if you blink your eyes spring blooms in Chicago may just disappear! It doesn’t last long so I need the blooms to slow down a bit.
I’m not an expert on spring blooms or the types of trees that flower in the spring but I know that cherry blossoms (which you can find my guide on where to find cherry blossoms in Chicago, magnolias, and crabapples or apple blossoms are my favorites for Chicago spring blooms.
Someone once told me that apple blossoms are Chicago’s version of the cherry blossom. While Chicago does have cherry blossoms, I kind of agree with that statement. In many other places in the world, cherry blossoms can be found all over the city or are very plentiful but in Chicago, there are only certain places for them. But the crabapple blooms are almost everywhere in the city!
The reason why I love hunting or chasing for crabapples and apple blossoms is because they are so vibrant! The blooms add so much color to the streets and neighborhoods. And they are sure sign that spring has officially arrived in Chicago!
For the past couple of years, I have loved going to the Old Town Triangle neighborhood for the crabapple trees. There is a particular tree on a particular street that I just love – Lincoln Park West. Actually, the entire block is full of crabapple trees. I’ve also found a few streets around the Lincoln Park neighborhood that is just plentiful. If you don’t mind the drive, I recommend a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum.
Happy exploring and I hope you enjoy the beautiful spring blooms in Chicago before they’re gone!