The Lifeway story begins in 1986, when Russian immigrant Michael Smolyansky began making Kefir in the basement of his Skokie, IL home. The cultured dairy drink had been popular in Eastern Europe for centuries, but Smolyansky was determined to share his delicious health secret with his newfound home. Though many things have changed since 1986, our commitment to producing the highest quality cultured foods remains the same. After more than a quarter-century of dedication and innovation, the Lifeway family looks forward to building on our tradition of healthy and delicious living for many years to come.
About the Garden
This mile long site boasts not only some of the longest blooming owers of any expressway garden, it is also punctuated with a solid and unique wall outcropping that sets it apart from other roadside greenery. The mix of ‘Nearly Wild’ roses, Juniper shrubs and Nepeta owers are woven into a simple and elegant sweep of beauty along this part of the expressway.
100 gardens cover almost 150 acres of roadside landscapes on all major expressways leading in and out of Chicago
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!