Scent of the city: What does Chicago smell like? | Bleader

Scent of the city: What does Chicago smell like?


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The question "What does Chicago smell like?" in the subject line of a PR e-mail does not bring attractive answers to mind at first. But hang out around the prairie landscape of Northerly Island on a hot day or catch a fresh breeze off the lake, and you have to admit, sometimes it smells pretty good. Tru Fragrance, "a Chicago-based custom fragrance development company," is taking the best of the city's scents and bottling them into a limited edition perfume. Don't expect the heady notes of Blommer chocolate or Garrett Popcorn—this elixir will be created from flowers grown in a selection of city and area gardens, including the Garfield Park Conservatory, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and one tended through the Cook County Sheriff's Boot Camp.

The main notes will be violet (the state flower of Illinois), rose, and lavender to create a first impression of "sparkling watery fruit accords reminiscent of a day along the shores of Lake Michigan while the dry down of blonde woods and sensual skin musk speak to the city’s vibrant nightlife and blues heritage." The flowers will be harvested in late summer and early fall, and the resulting fragrance, Tru Blooms Chicago First Harvest Limited Edition Eau de Parfum, will be available in October.

I would have voted for lilacs and the "sperm tree." How about you?