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Pilcher ParkJoliet, Illinois

Pilcher Park

Joliet, Illinois

  • Author: Mike MacDonald
  • Date Posted: Jun 1, 2016
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Spring is the time to visit. Under a leafless woodland in the blackest of muck, skunk cabbage emerges, initiating a chain reaction of sparkling wildflowers that spreads across the forest floor.

Come to Pilcher Park in April for the dramatic performance starring Virginia bluebells.*

Come to Pilcher Park in late April or early May for a dramatic performance starring Virginia bluebells.


  • Lush woodland brimming with spring ephemeral
  • Curving stream
  • Kid-friendly nature center and wide trails


  • In March, Skunk cabbage emerges signaling the beginning of spring in Chicago
  • In April, Virginia bluebells go on as far as the eye can see

Best Times to Visit:

  • Spring  for the wildflowers
  • Fall colors

Mike’s Thoughts:
Spring is my favorite time to visit Pilcher Park. I begin in early March when I search for skunk cabbage in the muddy places. In April, the yellow flowers of marsh marigolds join the party in the mud. And, in the drier areas of the woodland, all kinds of springtime flowers carpet the floor. Then, in mid- to late-April, Virginia bluebells overtake the landscape in a breathtaking performance.

Learn more about Pilcher Park from these websites:

Joliet Park District



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