Chicago Specialty Gardens (CSG) is a full-service urban garden design/build firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. We are specialists in the design, construction and installation of urban gardens. Our design approach envisions the transformation of entire spaces, and we employ a multi-disciplinary design team to turn our vision into reality.

CSG was founded by Phil Cleland in 1993 as a part-time business designing and installing Chicago gardens, but by 1995 the company had grown and was incorporated. In the intervening years much has been learned, and many people deserve credit for bringing CSG to its present incarnation. We have worked hard, had great clients and been fortunate.

Our company vision is to be the premier full-service urban garden design/build firm in Chicago, and to operate with integrity and respect toward our employees, clients, suppliers and the natural environment. We employ specialists in numerous disciplines to bring together our creative visions, and we bring both an artistic and functional interpretation to our garden spaces.

Chicago is a fantastic city to work within. Our installations of rooftop gardens in recent years, in particular, gives us a renewed appreciation for our city’s skyline, our sun and air, our weather, and the infinite possibilities for creating gardens and living spaces above the city. We continually are expanding our knowledge base about rooftops, and CSG offers all the services and requirements for a rooftop garden — from structural analysis, to city permit generation, to design, construction, planting and lighting, and finally to the finishing out of the rooftop décor.

Feel free to reach out to us, we would love to hear from you!

Services Provided
General Contracting services; design; structural analysis; permitting; construction; mobilization; installation; decking; planting; garden furnishings; water features, fire pits and similar focal points; shade structures; screening; outdoor kitchens and lounges; irrigation systems; low-voltage landscape lighting; maintenance services. Rooftop Garden showroom.

Areas Served
Chicago Metro; Lincoln Park; Bucktown; Wicker Park; Lakeview; Loop; South Loop; greater Midwest

Certifications and Awards
Numerous - please see website.
Chicago Premier Rooftop Garden
Best of Houzz 2013 & 2014

Contact: Phil Cleland
Location: 1765 N. Elston Ave, Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60642
Typical Job Costs: $20,000 - $100,000
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Commented: Beautiful dark brown stain on fence Thanks for your question! Unfortunately, we no longer have the specific stain color specs or manufacturer from this 2007 project. However, the wood is rough-sawn cedar, and I think a good paint supplier...
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