Chicago Specialty Gardens, Inc.

Services Provided
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.

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

Typical Job Cost
$20,000 - $500,000

Business Description
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!

Certification and Awards
Numerous - please see website.
Chicago Premier Rooftop Garden
Best of Houzz 2013 & 2014
Phil Cleland 
1765 N. Elston Ave, Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60642 
(773) 526-7548 
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Review by kararowley:

This was a high-rise project and we hired CSG to design and complete our 7th floor community deck. We could not have been more impressed with the design that P...
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Review by cfolske:

Sean and Phil at Specialty Gardens turned an average Chicago Garage Rooftop into our own Special Oasis. The project evolved over a little less than a year as t...
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Review by vmsheldon:

I served as chairman of the committee responsible for improving the pool deck in my high rise condominium building. In that capacity I got multiple bids and sel...
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Review by car3611:

I write this letter in recommendation Chicago Specialty Gardens Inc. as a landscape contractor. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Phil Cleland on our annu...
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Review by peterg1:

I had the great pleasure to work with Phil, who took my vision and made it into a stunning reality! My backyard went through an entire metamorphosis and I could...
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