Plant a Tree, Grow a Memory
Do you know someone extraordinary whom you would like to honor? Are you planning a special event which you would like to memorialize?
If so, the Chicago Parks Foundation has a creative way for you to celebrate significant people and note-worthy events.
The Green Deed Tree Dedication Program allows you to have a tree planted in the park of your choice, providing lasting recognition of the significant people and occasions in your life.
Your Green Deed Tells the Story
Donors will receive a Green Deed presentation certificate which details the person or event being honored, the type of tree planted and the planting location. The Green Deed certificate is suitable for framing; it bears the seal of the Chicago Park District, and is signed by the General Superintendent and the President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners.
You Choose the Type of Tree
Donors may select from a variety of trees listed below in two categories. Special requests for trees not on the lists will be evaluated by knowledgeable Chicago Parks Foundation and Parks District staff with regard to the requested tree’s hardiness, availability and suitability for use in public spaces. Where a special request cannot be accommodated, CPF and CPD staff will work with the donor to find an appropriate alternative.
Approved Types of Trees:
Growing up to eighty feet tall, shade trees are the backbone of the natural landscape, defining and framing outdoor spaces, providing welcome relief from the summer sun and channeling the breezes. Characterized by dense, leafy green foliage in the summer, shade trees often develop vibrant fall color, extending their seasonal interest into the autumn.
Click here for a list of recommended shade trees that perform well in our parks.
Ornamental trees are characterized by spring or early summer flowering displays followed by ornamental fruit set and, often, showy fall color, providing year-round seasonal interest. Generally growing smaller than shade trees, most ornamental trees are available in both single and multiple stemmed forms.
Click here for a list of recommended ornamental trees that perform well in our parks.
You Choose the Location
The Chicago Parks Foundation will help you through the entire process of finding the perfect location for your tree. Donors may request a specific park and planting location, and the Chicago Parks Foundation staff will accompany you on a site visit to make sure you are happy with the location.
All location requests are reviewed and finalized by CPD staff in coordination with the donor. Green Deed trees may be planted only on Chicago Park District property and are installed only by CPD contractors.
The spring planting season is May 1 to July 15; fall planting is September 1 to November 15. Planting seasons are approximate and may vary according to weather and other factors.
Your Green Deed tree will be planted in the next planting season after the request is received. Green Deed tree requests must be received by April 15 for spring planting and by September 1 for fall planting; these are the dates by which our “dig orders” must be submitted to the nurseries. Requests received after these dates will be accommodated whenever possible, but may require rescheduling to the following planting season.
Please note that due to their cultural requirements, some trees are dug by the nurseries only in the spring; these trees are planted only during the spring planting season.
All Green Deed trees are guaranteed for two years from the date of planting. If the tree fails to thrive within two years, it will be replaced in the next appropriate planting season, free of charge.
Please call the Chicago Parks Foundation at (312) 742-5105 or Chicago Park District’s Green Deed Tree phone line at (312) 742-5414 or (312) 742-4679 if you have any questions or comments, or would like further information about the Green Deed Tree Dedication Program.
Steps for Dedicating a Green Deed Tree
- Fill out the Green Deed Tree Request Form.
- Attach a check or money order, made payable to the Chicago Park District Tree Fund, for the amount listed based on the type of tree requested.
- Return the completed Green Deed Tree Request Form and your check or money order to:
Green Deed Tree Dedication Program
Department of Natural Resources
Chicago Park District
541 North Fairbanks Court, 6th Floor
Chicago IL 60611