241 Chicago 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 designer that’s familiar with the Chicago Metro Area 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 
Milieu Design (847) 465-1160
Barrington, Wheeling, Wauconda, IL, US 60090
Best of Houzz! Award winning Landscape Design Firm. We help our clients celebrate life through the creation and care of their natural outdoor Milieu. Established in 1987,... Read More 
Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc. is a full service landscape architecture and design firm specializing in "The Art of Fine Gardening."
Chicago, IL, US 60436
K&D Landscape provides solution-driven landscape design for our clients. Our work includes a diverse portfolio of traditional and contemporary landscapes throughout Illinois and... Read More 
Troy Rhone creates gardens that are extensions of the interiors–they are rooted and connected historically and architecturally aligning with the personalities and lifestyle of those who reside there.
Lemont, IL, US 60439
Whatever you have in mind, our devoted landscape architects and designers have the talent, experience and passion to create it just how you envision. For over 25 years, our... Read More 
Blanford Design (224) 778-5317
Blanford Design specializes in creating landscapes worth framing. We develop masterplans for your property and guide you through the construction and implementation of your landscape.
Bolingbrook, IL, US 60440
By taking the time to understand what’s most important to each client, Hursthouse is able to create extraordinary outdoor environments that both reflect and enhance people’s lives... Read More 
We continue to stay connected with all the newest green & eco friendly technologies & advances in landscape design/installation. Keeping current allows us to offer the best the industry has to offer.
Glencoe,Winnetka,Wilmette,Lake Forest,IL, IL, US 60022
Each design that we conceive is a unique, artistic response to the individuality of your home and your desires. We specialize in designing beautifully balanced and well planned... Read More 
Small's Landscaping is a Multi-Award winning design/build custom landscape company. We specialize in unusual and unique plants and materials.
Valparaiso, IN, US 46383
The Best of Houzz for 2014 & 2013, Small's Landscaping is a Multi-Award winning design/build custom landscape company. Women owned by Nancy Marshall and sister, Becky Whitacre. ... Read More 
Chicago Roof Deck & Garden is an award winning full service outdoor design/build firm, serving the Chicago area with over 30 years of value enhancing perspective.
Chicago, IL, US 60657
Chicago Roof Deck & Garden is a full service outdoor design/build firm, serving the Chicago area with over 30 years of value enhancing perspective. We design to fit our client's... Read More 
Full-service urban landscape design/build firm specializing in rooftop gardens, terraces, decks and similar elevated spaces.
Oak Brook, IL, US 60523
VizX Design Studios LLC is the preferred 3D Outdoor Living & Home Improvement Design Firm. Our design Studio will work with you in order to realize a rich, innovative, enticing... Read More 
At Western DuPage Landscaping we work closely with our clients to develop goals, objectives and a plan to fulfill their landscape needs.
Van Zelst Inc (847) 623-3580
Wadsworth, IL, US 60083
Meet the award-winning landscape architects at Van Zelst. For over 30 years, Van Zelst has provided complete design, installation and maintenance services throughout Chicago's... Read More 
Chesterton, IN, US 46304
Awarded the Best of Houzz 2014 ! Our team of registered Landscape Architects average over 35 years of experience. Read More 
Chicago, IL, US 60612
A landscape architecture studio dedicated to creating finely-detailed landscapes that respond strongly to each specific site and grow more beautiful with age. Our process... Read More 
Blanford Design (224) 778-5317
Mundelein, IL, US 60060
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 
Glenview, IL, US 60025
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, US 60439
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 
Chicago, IL, US 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 
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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 Metro Area house. From there he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your landscape construction, based on individual needs, the Chicago Metro Area 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 Metro Area 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 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. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of landscape architects & landscape designers: Landscape Contractors, Garden & Landscape Supplies, Tree Services, Lawn & Sprinklers, Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures.

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?

Find a landscape architect on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Chicago Metro Area landscape architects and designers. You can also look through Chicago Metro Area photos to find a space you like, then contact the professional who posted the photo. You can find more landscape architects & landscape designers in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Naperville and Joliet.
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