Chicago, IL - A few months shy of its two-year anniversary, River North lighting company Lightology has completed its showroom development with a spectacular touch: a rooftop garden, fully landscaped with flowers and, of course, showing off the company's exterior lighting.
"With the cost of downtown real estate, it only made sense for us to maximize every bit of space to provide the best possible customer experience," said company president Greg Kay.
What has resulted is a lush escape from the concrete of the city streets below. Visitors enjoy a lovely skyline view amid garden boardwalks and planters constructed from the sustainable Brazilian hardwood ipe, which is naturally resistant to weathering. The rich brown tones of the wood set off the bright flowers and the open sky. There are hidden nooks for dodging the crowds, and a unique "cocoon" shelter area of welded copper piping that climbing plants are gradually overtaking to dramatic effect. Recessed lighting and outdoor fixtures tucked in among the plantings complete the evening setting.
The garden is already generating buzz; design professional groups from the NeoCon crowd to the Illuminating Engineering Society's national conference to the Color Marketing Group have held events on the roof of the Chicago Avenue structure, and there are big plans for more such parties in times ahead. The rooftop garden, like the rest of Lightology's remarkable showroom, is open to visitors Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 to 6, and Thursday 10 to 7. Lightology is closed on Sunday. Location: 215 W. Chicago Avenue. Phone: 312-944-1000.
For photos of the rooftop garden during a recent event, click here. For more information about Lightology please visit http://www.lightology.com/.