Live and Learn, Work and Play Outdoors

We create spaces that connect people outdoors.

Places to play,
Places to learn,
Places to work.
Places where people want to go.

Go outside with the experts.

Every client has a unique site with distinct goals. We listen to you and work together with you. This collaboration allows us to go outside and beyond everyday ideas. Our focus on the end-user inspires great spaces that are economically and environmentally sustainable. As innovators, we bring fresh ideas and possibilities. As specialists, we bring technical expertise. As professionals, we communicate ideas to get projects permitted and built. As park planners and landscape architect we utilize design practices to promote responsible land stewardship. We strive to build trusting relationships through communication, collaboration, and teamwork.

Hiawatha Park

Utilizing the nine key elements of Dynamic Play, Upland Design worked with community members, the Alderman and the Chicago Park District to create an innovative playground design that incorporates

Morrill and Leland Elementary School Sites

Upland Design worked with a team of Civil Engineers and Architects for the

Carpentersville Comprehensive Master Plan

Located along the Fox River, the Village of Carpentersville owns and manages a

Hoover Forest Preserve

Hoover Forest Preserve, a former Boy Scout campground, was purchased by the

University of St. Francis Sustainable Parking Lot

The University of St. Francis, located in Joliet, IL,  is  a growing campus

IDOT: District 1 Right of Way Improvements

As the landscape architectural sub-consultant to Hey and Associates, Inc., Upland Design is working with Illinois Department of Transportation: District One to assist the Bureau

Blackberry Farm Facility Improvement and Master Plan

Blackberry Farm is a 40 year old living museum and historically themed amusement park in Aurora, Illinois. The site is situated on 64 acres that

River Forest Public Library Outdoor Plan

The new Outdoor Plan created by Upland Design expands the library experiences

Upland Design Projects

  • Route 59 Streetscape – IDOT

    Route 59 Streetscape – IDOT

  • Rotary Park Renovation

    Rotary Park Renovation

  • Manhattan Metra Station Landscape

    Manhattan Metra Station Landscape

  • Simmons Park Renovation

    Simmons Park Renovation

  • Stars and Stripes Park Renovation

    Stars and Stripes Park Renovation

  • Shabbona Park

    Shabbona Park

  • Lawler Park

    Lawler Park

  • Jackie Robinson Park

    Jackie Robinson Park

  • Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

    Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

  • Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

    Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

  • Four Rivers Environmental Learning Center

    Four Rivers Environmental Learning Center

  • Capital Heath Systems Healing Garden

    Capital Heath Systems Healing Garden

  • Physicians Immediate Care Landscape

    Physicians Immediate Care Landscape

  • West Chicago Metra Station

    West Chicago Metra Station

  • Green Lake Park Master Plan

    Green Lake Park Master Plan

  • West Main Community Park Master Plan

    West Main Community Park Master Plan

  • Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront Master Plan

    Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront Master Plan

  • Island Park Playground Renovation

    Island Park Playground Renovation

  • Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

    Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

  • Van Dyke Place

    Van Dyke Place

  • West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

    West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

  • Baker Woods Forest Preserve

    Baker Woods Forest Preserve

  • NIU Outdoor Intramural Recreation Facility

    NIU Outdoor Intramural Recreation Facility

  • West Main Community Park Master Plan

    West Main Community Park Master Plan

  • Spring Lake Park

    Spring Lake Park

  • Nature’s Scholar Nature Playground

    Nature’s Scholar Nature Playground

  • Crystal Lake Public Library and ADA Improvements

    Crystal Lake Public Library and ADA Improvements

  • Memorial Park Renovation

    Memorial Park Renovation

Latest News

Plant Diversity in the Urban Forest

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Plant diversity is not just for the wide open prairie or local forest preserve. Bringing a variety of tree species to streetscapes, parking lot and residential landscapes creates a diverse urban forest fabric. This provides a more resilient ecosystem that can withstand pressures when plant disease, insect pests or extreme weather comes to town.  Chestnut Blight, Dutch Elm Disease and now Emerald Ash Borer have proved that monoculture plantings can be expensive and dangerous when they fail. To diversify the landscape plantings in your part of the city, a good rule of thumb is the 30/20/10 rule: In any community, no more than 30 percent Read More