Office Tower Wins ILCA Gold Award!

Congratulations to our team for winning the Illinois Landscape Contractors Gold Award in the Special Events category. This is the 2nd consecutive year we have won the gold award in this category.

Every year U.S. Equities strives to make an impact on The Magnificent Mile by creating Seasonal Displays that are unique from the other gardens on the Avenue.  This year we encouraged the client to remove a large water feature located in the parkway beds. Using large Japanese Maples, we created a ‘garden in the city’ feel that left the water feature a faint memory.  These maples are unique to the Avenue and helped soften both the buildings from the street and the street traffic from pedestrians.

Removing the water feature helped to make the most of the small spaces of the Michigan Avenue beds. We benefited from the additional bed space that allowed for a more intricate design with layers, colors, and textures. Similarly, to enhance the sidewalk café on Huron, seasonal containers separated diners from pedestrians adding to ‘garden in the city’ ambiance. Similar plants used in both settings correlate the property as a whole.

Our unique plant choices and placement of the plants has resulted in a breathtaking annual display on Michigan Avenue.

Many thanks to Kurt Pflederer, Allie Corbett, Ed Hoffman, Cesario Moreno, Brian Walsh, Miguel Espinosa, Salvador Rojas Jr., and Renee TeVogt for their help in making this project a success!

In the midst of the hustle of Michigan Avenue, café dwellers relax in the secluded space created from the lush garden in the seasonal containers.
In the midst of the hustle of Michigan Avenue, café dwellers relax in the secluded space created from the lush garden in the seasonal containers.
Large Japanese Maples and other street trees accentuate the density of the garden in the city. When standing in close proximity to the garden, the surrounding city becomes merely a backdrop to the stately garden.
Large Japanese Maples and other street trees accentuate the density of the garden in the city. When standing in close proximity to the garden, the surrounding city becomes merely a backdrop to the stately garden.
Round topiaries add structure and formality to the seasonal containers lining the café area. These introduce a comfortable barrier between café dwellers and pedestrians in addition to the dense garden surrounding them.
Round topiaries add structure and formality to the seasonal containers lining the café area. These introduce a comfortable barrier between café dwellers and pedestrians in addition to the dense garden surrounding them.
Passing pedestrians are drawn to take a closer look at the elaborate use of textures in the seasonal containers.
Passing pedestrians are drawn to take a closer look at the elaborate use of textures in the seasonal containers.