100 gardens cover almost 150 acres of roadside landscapes on all major expressways
The Expressway Partnership Program
The Expressway Partnership Program turns dreary embankments into ribbons of green parkways weaving through the city. More than 100 gardens comprise the Program, covering almost 150 acres of roadside landscapes on all major expressways leading into and out of the city. Each garden is carefully planned using native shrubs, trees, and perennials that require fewer resources and are well adapted to the harsh roadside growing conditions. We work closely with professional landscape crews to provide plant care, weed control, mowing, and litter pickup from April through October to ensure our gardens always look their best!
Socially responsible businesses and community organizations partner with us to sponsor expressway gardens. In doing so, partners showcase their pride for Chicago, support a high profile greening initiative, and provide beautiful views to hundreds of thousands of motorists daily.
Our exclusive agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation creates a unique marketing opportunity, and partnerships are 100% tax-deductible.