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The public votes for winners online!

Bungalow owners across Chicago demonstrate their love for nature by beautifying their blocks with inspiring home gardens. For the fifth year in a row, the Bungalow Garden Contest aims to celebrate the hard work of our members, and draw attention to how gardens not only enhance a home’s architecture, but can also promote a healthier ecosystem and uplift a community.

For every eligible garden contest entry received, a $25 donation is made to South and West Side community gardens. Thanks to your entries last year, a total of $3,000 was donated to six community gardens in 2021!

View past years' winners

How it works​

Must be a bungalow owner (brick, stucco or frame) and member of CBA to compete. Not sure if you’re eligible? Email us your name and address, and we’ll check your membership information.

Important Dates​

  • Enter to compete in one or more categories by 5pm on Tuesday, July 6, 2021:

    1. Front Garden

    2. Rear/Side Garden

    3. Window/Planter Boxes​​

  • The Chicago Bungalow Association will choose the top 10 submissions in each category to be included on the public online ballot.

  • Public online voting will be held from July 9 to 14​. We'll email and post the online ballot so be sure to share with your neighbors and friends!​

  • Winners’ walk-thru videos will be filmed July 16 and 17. If you win by popular vote, we’ll call you right away to schedule your video shoot!

  • Winners and runners-up will be announced on July 26!

2021 Contest Winners Received

  • $500 cash prize

  • Garden award plaque handcrafted by Craeft LLC

  • $50 gift certificate from City Grange garden centers

  • Framed original garden-themed artwork by Catherine Elizabeth

  • One hour garden consultation from Prairie Godmothers to help improve your curb appeal, start a pollinator garden, or add long lasting and beautiful plants to your landscape

  • Feature on our website and social media including a garden walk-thru video

  • PLUS: 5 randomly selected entrants will receive a free rain barrel from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District!

2021 Bungalow Garden Contest Partners

Stay tuned for 2022 Bungalow Garden Contest dates!

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