Each summer Chicago's Magnificent Mile bursts into bloom.
Courtesy of Greater North Michigan Avenue Association
Not only will you gaze at great flower gardens, but the annual ComEd Gardens of the Magnificient Mile – dozens of small gardens funded by the high-end hotels, restaurants, and retailers along north Michigan Avenue – have some zany green inhabitants.
For the second year, students from the International Academy of Design and Technology and the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago have been given dress forms and asked to adorn them creatively in recycled materials.
These could be anything from old chicken wire to a hat like one Queen Elizabeth might have worn in the mid-1950s. Think of it as a green take on the traditional department-store mannequin.
These creations are then placed in individual gardens. And they'll be auctioned off, with the funds going to the Magnificent Mile Charitable Foundation.
I was intrigued as I read the list of gardens and what plants the plots will contain. Experienced gardeners will get a chuckle from some of the plant descriptions – hibiscus trees, cherry wavy petunias, etc. – which were obviously compiled by nongardeners (and probably over the phone since many have phonetic spellings). But that's OK – lots of us don't speak Latin fluently.
It sounds like typecasting, but the Apple Computer store will host a Zen garden, which “gives a tropical feel of calm serenity.”