Cherry trees reach peak bloom in Jackson Park | Chicago News


Cherry blossoms in Jackson Park. (Chicago Park District)

The cherry blossoms in Jackson Park are quickly becoming a beloved springtime tradition in Chicago and they’re about to hit their peak.

Planted between 2013 and 2016, the grove of 160 trees borders the Columbia Basin area of ​​the park, which unfolds from the south steps of the Museum of Science and Industry. As the trees matured, their stunning mix of flowers – ranging from white to dark pink – became a must-see sight.

At this point, most trees’ buds have opened and some of the trees are in full bloom, which typically lasts three to eight days, the Park District said.

New this year are four listening stations, where visitors can scan a QR code to access a brief audio vignette about the history of the grove of trees, the variety of flowers, and Japanese spring traditions associated with flowers.

A flower celebration is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, from noon to 3 p.m. at Jackson Park, postponed from last weekend due to inclement weather. The event is organized in partnership with the Japanese Arts Foundation, the Japanese Culture Center, the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago and the Jackson Park Advisory Council. Activities will include drumming and dancing performances by Tsukasa Taiko and Shubukaias well as origami, yukata dressing and haiku booths.

An additional 118 cherry trees will be planted in 2022, the Park District has announced.

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