About the Garden
By its very nature, this southbound strip of the Kennedy Expressway from Randolph to Washington is the truest representation of our home state. Located in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop, it is comprised solely of native grasses indigenous to Illinois. Clean and simple, you won’t find an expressway site more trafficked than this.
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!