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The city of Chicago provides numerous opportunities for residents and visitors alike to appreciate our environment. In fact, there are so many options for experiencing the city’s nature that it may be tough deciding where to go. We’ve compiled a list of suggestions for savoring the best nature in Chicago.

Located 20 minutes outside of the Loop, Garfield Park Conservatory is a lush paradise that offers extraordinary views of nature year-round. Admission to the conservatory is free, and visitors can stroll through eight exhibits showcasing hundreds of tropical plant species. From the impeccably beautiful Palm House room to the quaint, spacious outdoor gardens, there’s an abundance of marvelous sights to see. The Lincoln Park Conservancy’s conservatory garden is another tranquil destination for nature lovers, as it houses dozens of exotic plants across four display houses.

If you are considering venturing south, Northerly Island Park in the South Loop is a vast natural area that is exceptional for soaking in the sunshine and viewing natural wildlife. You can also visit Jackson Park, home to the Museum of Science and Industry, which offers unique homes for different species of animals and plants, including a Japanese garden.

Wondering where to see flowers in Chicago? Grant Park is home to several gardens, including the Art Institute of Chicago’s gardens, Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden, and the Spirit of Music Garden. This beloved area also features Michigan Avenue’s exquisite tulips, which bring vibrant color to the city’s Magnificent Mile. Viewing all of the luscious flora and plants of the area requires just a 20-minute stroll from the Residences at St. Regis Chicago.

If you choose to venture closer to home, you can visit the Lakeshore East neighborhood for some more glimpses at scenic greenery. Lakeshore East Park boasts some of the most superb nature walks in Chicago. As you explore this area, you can take in the soothing sounds from nearby fountains and even relax periodically on benches under towering trees. Additionally, you will spot precious blooms along your adventure through the park. Best of all, this stunning outdoor space lies right outside the doors of The St. Regis Chicago.

While there are numerous other hidden gems for enjoying nature throughout the city, we believe the locations we mentioned host the best nature in Chicago. As you can see, those who occupy The Residences at The St. Regis Chicago can frequently reap the benefits of plentiful plants.