At this time of the year, Chicago streets are bloated with people. Tourists from all over the world and country make their way into this city for many reasons. Some come to admire the skyline, others to participate in the street parties (Chicago has over 100 festivals and parades from spring through fall). Some come to enjoy the activities on the lake, while others eat their way through the food trucks and restaurants, and yet some come to shop.
Chicago's Michigan Ave., a 13 block stretch, dubbed 'The Magnificent Mile" or "Mag Mile" is home to three indoor malls and about fifty flagship stores. On this street you can find everything your heart desires including the constant sound of car horns.
Other attractions on Michigan Ave. besides the shops and the abundant number of people and cars are the landscape beds and planters that have been arranged by volunteers.
Every year the City throws what it calls "Downtown Planting Party" the first week of May (weather permitting) and encourages volunteers to bring their own shovels and spades. The City's Public Works crew prepares the garden beds and the City supplies hundreds of flowers for volunteers to plant.
The result is what you see. But the presence of these flowers not only bring beauty to the streets of Chicago, but it also brings in some curious winged and wingless insects.
And so this is one way that the City of Chicago has tried to incorporate nature into the urban fabric.
It sort of works don't you think? 🌺🌼🌻