About Us


Since CityEscape’s groundbreaking in 2003, we value the support of our neighborhood diversity in East Garfield Park and throughout Chicago. We believe in our community. We honor its differences and we strive always to appreciate the cultures and peoples that are our employees and customers.

As an independent, privately-owned, small business like so many others throughout our city, we will continue to provide support to our neighbors through education services and outreach that fosters beauty and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Chicago’s roots as a ‘Garden in a City’. We will continue to give back to our community monetarily and aesthetically. We will continue to provide products and services that are relevant and needed. This is the fabric of who we are as people and as a business and it defines us.

CityEscape adds its voice of support to the chorus of this amazing community, and to that of our beautiful city, in impactful ways that reinforce peace, healing and unity because #blacklivesmatter.

At CityEscape, one of the most progressive green industry businesses in the Chicagoland area, we are committed to excellence in everything we do, large or small. Throughout the growing season, our gorgeous, unique flowers and fresh plants arrive from all over the world so everything meets our standards for freshness. We cater to all aspects of our clientele’s discriminating taste by offering a wide range of exceptional products and services. Our highly professional staff understands and responds to customers’ needs in a friendly, personal manner.

Few people know this about Connie Rivera, founder of CityEscape: “I am a math nerd, with an engineering degree! Even though I had a successful career as a CEO in the corporate world, I followed my dream to open a CityEscape.”

CityEscape was established in 2003, though its roots go farther back to Connie’s childhood, growing up on a Michigan flower farm. I created City Escape as an outlet for my passion to transform outdoor and indoor landscapes — creating personal escapes from the city.

“Best plants and garden accessories in the Chicago area. Leaps and bounds beyond the standard ‘big box’ garden product. One surprise after another. Highly recommended.”

—Marty Regan, Chicago

My outdoor space is an extension of my home. CityEscape has been an integral part of making my space both beautiful and relaxing – and the envy of the neighborhood! Whether it’s annuals, perennials, containers or accessories, I can count on CityEscape for selection, quality and service.”

— Susan Fleming, Chicago

“CityEscape is a must for interior designers. The home decor selection is exquisite and I can always find that perfect accent piece or the complete design motif for any project. Every season offers a beautiful selection of merchandise that has been carefully curated in the finest taste.”

— Tom Ferguson, Tom Ferguson Interiors, Ltd., Chicago

“I have had the pleasure of working with Connie Rivera and CityEscape for the past 15+ years at three properties. She is a consummate professional with an amazing eye for detail.”

—Felicia Perkins, Property Manager, 209 East Lakeshore Drive Corp.


Shop CityEscape for inspiration, expertise, plants and accessories you won’t find anywhere else. Explore our expansive design studio and garden center, encompassing nearly three acres under the ‘L’ on West Lake Street.


Our highly credentialed team is brimming with horticulturalists, arborists, landscape architects, and designers seeking to transform your outdoor environment into something spectacular. Come to us with your landscaping priorities and personal vision, and we will work with you designing and perfecting a green space for your residential, commercial, or municipal property.