Gateway Garden

SW corner of 111th and Langley

This space of about 5 city lots was overgrown with weed trees and full of trash when we started making plans for it. The land belonged to the Pullman Bank, and they kindly leased it to us for $1.00 a year. We received a grant through the Chicago Botanic Garden for development, and had trees cut down, leaving the better specimens. Topsoil was brought in and the berm raised. Many trees and most of the shrubs were planted in the fall of 2001 and the curved seating was added at that time. The Bank paid for all the spring bulbs, which made a spectacular display. Over the next few years, we added annuals, perennials and ground cover. The land passed to Park National Bank, and subsequently US Bank. Eventually Pullman Garden Club acquired ownership in 2011, as a donation through Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives. We hope that this will be a peaceful oasis for the whole neighborhood to enjoy for many years.