Chicago Specialty Gardens, Inc.
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Chicago Specialty Gardens (CSG) celebrates 22 years of designing and installing Chicago gardens in 2017. CSG is an award-winning, 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
Custom Fire Pits, Custom Water Features, Deck Design, Drought Tolerant Landscaping, Edible Gardens, Garden Design, Gazebo Design & Construction, Green Roofing, Hardscaping, Landscape Design, Landscape Plans, Living Walls, Organic Gardens, Patio Design, Project Management, Rooftop Deck Installation, Site Planning, Deck Building, Trellis Construction, Rooftop Gardens of many types, Landscape Construction Drawings, Landscape 3D Renderings, Building Sustainably

Areas Served
Chicago, Evanston, Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Glencoe, Golf, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Forest, WIlmette, Winnetka

Certifications and Awards
Numerous - please see website.
Contact: Phil Cleland
Location: 1765 N. Elston Ave, Suite 203
Chicago, IL 60642
Typical Job Costs: $20,000 - $100,000
Commented: Fence height It's just about 8'.
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Commented: Topiary tree Sure, that is a "Miss Kim" lilac on a single standard trunk.
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Commented: marble 2x2's Thanks for your question. These pavers have some texture to them so there is not a huge amount of slip to them, but some surely.
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Commented: Love the table! I want to know more! I'm afraid the table was purchased by our client, I don't know the manufacturer!
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Commented: What wood is the privacy fence made from? Hi, thanks for your question and comments! That wood is a Brazilian hardwood called ipe. It is kind of like mahogany - dense, heavy, hard, very long-wearing. It could certainly be used as sc...
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Commented: Are the Birch Trees you use LIttle King's? Do you ever use Heritage? These trees are actually serviceberry trees. We don't use Little King Birch as they seem too dense and wide for our applications. We do use River Birch and Whitespire Birch, tho.
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