Our clients are neighbors to many hip bars, restaurants and shops along the Southport Avenue “corridor” in Chicago. Half a block removed from the hubbub of the street, these busy guys wanted a quiet respite from their frequent travels, and a space to satisfy their love of plants picked up in their journeys. So we designed and built out their large, raw 3rd floor patio space to create a setting for plants, cocktail parties, dinners and quiet moments all in one.

We started by building not one but two pergolas; one over the massive dinner table, the other over the bar area. Highly finished ivory pavers serve as the decking material, and planter boxes and mixed containers line the walls, occupy the corners, and delineate spaces between doorways and windows. Vertical “green screens” allow for vines and clambering annuals to twist their way up towards the sun. Massive palm leaves, feathery foliage, ornamental grasses, colors and textures too numerous to list soften the hard lines of the built structures and reveal their details in the landscape illumination and overhead lighting which kicks in at twilight. The hearth of the built-in fireplace offers visual as well as physical warmth, surrounded by wrought iron patio furniture, soft cushions and boldly colored pillows.

A micro-irrigation system waters all the plant containers on a daily schedule, saving the owners many hours of toting sprinkling cans.

And if all this isn’t enough to keep them home at night? Well, the Corridor is only steps away…..

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