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.
- 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
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.
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