251 Chicago, IL Landscape Architects and Designers

Professional landscaping anchors a house to the site, connects it with the environment and creates a welcoming entrance to a home. Garden designers and architects work with living plants as well as building materials, so they are designing for future growth and maintenance as well as the present. Landscape architecture is also very regional, so you want to find a Illinois designer that’s familiar with the Chicago, IL climate and plants that do well there. Start here to find out more about hiring a landscape designer to help with your landscape construction. More 
Chicago, IL, 60614
Prassas Landscape Studio LLC is a landscape architecture firm dedicated to the thoughtful design of landscapes through the integration of sustainability and innovation. The... Read More
Chicago, IL, 60642
Cityscape Landscape began in 1984 as a landscape company serving the greater Chicagoland area. We are still family owned and operated. We have completed projects for... Read More
Chicago, IL, 60625
We are a fully integrated landscape design and construction business, serving Chicago and suburbs for 19 years. From the initial design stages to final construction, we remain... Read More
Rooftopia, LLC (773) 398-9486
Chicago, IL, 60622
Full service Rooftop Gardens, Landscape Design and Build Firm serving Chicago Read More
Glenview, IL, 60025
18 miles from Chicago
Exterra Designs responsiveness, creativity and quality are our focus as we do what we do best...Creating Exterior Environments. We provide Landscape Architectural and... Read More
Premier Service (630) 321-9530
Lemont, IL, 60439
20 miles from Chicago
Premier is a Design/Build Landscape company focusing on the high-end residential market in the greater Chicagoland area. Mission: Premier operates on a daily basis for the... Read More
Blanford Design (224) 778-5317
Mundelein, IL, 60060
34 miles from Chicago
Blanford Design specializes in creating landscapes worth framing.We develop masterplans for your property and guide you through the construction and implementation of your... Read More
In & Out Design (847) 772-6018
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004
25 miles from Chicago
BEST OF HOUZZ 2014! IN & OUT DESIGN is a unique design firm which specializes in extraordinary, affordable exterior and interior transformations. Their comprehensive design and... Read More
Lake Forest, IL, 60045
29 miles from Chicago
Architectural Gardens is an award-winning, full-service landscape design-build company serving the Chicagoland area. We specialize in offering our customers unique designs that... Read More
Vernon Hills, IL, 60061
31 miles from Chicago
To Chicagoland homeowners, we are the partner that creates the beautiful landscape of your dreams and enables the lifestyle you want. To our colleagues in the industry, we are... Read More
Naperville, IL, 60565
26 miles from Chicago
JR's Creative Landscaping of Naperville has been creating breathtaking outdoor living solutions for Chicagoland's high-end homes since 1984. Whether you want an elegant pergola,... Read More
Chesterton, IN, 46304
36 miles from Chicago
Awarded the Best of Houzz 2014 ! Our team of registered Landscape Architects average over 35 years of experience. Read More
Naperville, IL, 60563
28 miles from Chicago
Our mission is to be the finest landscape design, construction and maintenance company with a reputation for the best products, superior craftsmanship, and excellent customer... Read More
Wilmette, IL, 60091
17 miles from Chicago
Design/ Build Outdoor Environments Read More
Naperville, IL, 60567
23 miles from Chicago
The Design Staff at C.B. Conlin Landscapes prides itself on designing exterior spaces that are a reflection of the architecture, the environment and most importantly, you. We take... Read More
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What Is a Landscape Architect?


The work of this professional can pretty much be summarized to include everything that is not related to the house structure itself. The landscape architect can even work with the architect to choose the right spot for your Chicago, IL house. From there he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your landscape construction, based on individual needs, the Chicago, IL climate and the activities that will be performed in the yard, as well as designs and planting plans. They will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the landscape. Any grading changes that will be added to the landscape are also the responsibility of the landscape architect. This includes any drainage modifications. An engineer can also be responsible for these tasks, but a licensed professional is fully capable. Like building architects, they will produce preliminary concept drawings as well as detailed construction documents and planting plans. Three-dimensional renderings and illustrative plans are all supplementary.

What Is a Landscape Designer?


Landscape designers generally have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, landscape designers analyze your architecture and yard to produce a plan that may or may not include location and materials for walkways, patios, water features, fences, garden aspects and more. In addition, a Chicago, IL garden designer will carefully assess your geographic region to choose plants, trees and flowers that will flourish naturally, as well as address concerns such as drainage, screening and soil conditions. Certain landscape designers only help with landscape planning, some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscape contractor, and others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape construction.

Before you hire a Illinois landscape professional, consider the scope and emphasis of your landscape architecture project. Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to develop comprehensive structural plans that include plants, hardscaping, water use, drainage and more. Landscape designers typically specialize in the aesthetic and horticultural, rather than structural, side of yard and garden planning. They might or might not have advanced training. Even within their fields, a garden designer may specialize in hardscape- or vegetation-focused designs. In some cases you might need to hire additional help to get the outdoor space you want.

Questions to ask a prospective landscape architect or designer:


  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the business?
  • What is your certification?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How much do you charge, and what does that include?
  • What regions and climates are you skilled in?
  • Can you accommodate my special requests (such as ADA or LEED)?
  • What types of renderings will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When can you complete this project?
  • What do your services include?
  • Who will be working on the project design?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals — what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you provide me with a written estimate?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns that you know of or that might come up in the future with this project?

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