Don’t Miss the Blooms at Lilacia Park

| May 12, 2009 | 1 Comment

lilacThe lilacs are blooming in Lombard, and if you hurry, you can catch their gorgeous display before they fade for another year. Whether you are looking for a quiet picnic spot, something to do with your toddler or preschooler on a weekday afternoon, or a beautiful place to grab coffee with a girlfriend, a day trip to Lilacia Park provides a getaway to enjoy nature’s beauty just west of Chicago in downtown Lombard, Illinois.

Located steps from the Lombard stop on Metra’s Union Pacific West Line, Lilacia Park is a 8.5 acre horticultural display featuring 1,200 lilacs and 25,000 tulips. Now is the perfect time to catch the tulips still in bloom and the lilacs beginning to blossom. Lilac Time draws thousands of visitors to Lombard each year, and Lilacia Park is a popular Mother’s Day destination. But during the week, it offers a quiet picnic spot for moms and their little ones. Plenty of grassy areas throughout the park provide space to spread a blanket and blow bubbles with your toddler, read a book, or enjoy lunch. (Kids also enjoy spotting frogs in the “blue” pond and freight-train sightings on the adjacent railroad tracks.) Concessions are available in the park during Lilac Time. You can also walk to the historic Dairy Queen at the corner of Maple and Main Streets, viewing the landmark Maple Street Chapel on the way. Or, cross the railroad tracks to downtown Lombard and grab a cup of coffee at cozy spots such as A la Mode or Café 101, both located on St. Charles Road.

Set on the former estate of Colonel William R. Plum, Lilacia Park features 200 varieties of lilacs and 50 varieties of tulips along with perennials and annuals in a fragrant, peaceful environment. Colonel Plum bequeathed his lilac collection to the village in 1927, helping Lombard become the “Lilac Village.” Lilac Time in Lombard runs throughout the month of May, and culminates in the annual Lilac Parade, which this year at 1:30 on Sunday, May 17, 2009. The Lombard Historical Society is offering tours of the park daily at 11 a.m. See their website for details. While you’re there, check the hours that you can also tour their Victorian Cottage, located across the street from Lilacia Park. Before you go, check the Lombard Park District website for the The Bloom-O-Meter, which will let you know whether or not blooms have peaked.

Lilacia Park is located at 150 S. Park Ave. in Lombard.

This is an original Chicagonista article.

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  1. DJ Shelly says:

    My mom grew up a few blocks away from Lilacia Park and we go back every so often…last time I was there was the day I graduated from broadcasting school.

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