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The public votes for winners online!

Across the city, Chicago bungalow owners demonstrate their love for nature by beautifying their blocks with inspiring home gardens. For the fourth year in a row, the Bungalow Garden Contest aimed 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.

This year, for every eligible* garden contest entry we received, $25 was donated to South and West Side Chicago community gardens, for a total of $3,000 to six community gardens!

After the public voted online, the 2020 Bungalow Garden Contest winners were announced on July 27th. View the gallery:

How it works and important dates:

Must be a CBA-certified Chicago bungalow 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.

  • Submit by 12pm on July 7

    • Choose one or more categories to compete in:

      1. Front Garden

      2. Rear/Side Garden

      3. Window/Planter Boxes​

    • Upload up to 8 photos for each category you compete in. TIP: Close-ups of plants are nice, but be sure to include photos showing a view of your whole garden with your bungalow visible too!

  • Check your email on July 9 to find out if your garden will be included on the online ballot. Because we receive so many submissions, the Chicago Bungalow Association will choose, by staff vote, the top 10 submissions in each category to be included on the public online ballot.

  • Voting will be held from July 10 to 15. The public will vote for the winners online. We'll email and post the online ballot. Tell your neighbors and friends! 

  • Winners’ walk-thru videos will be filmed July 17 and 18. 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 27!

The winner in each category will receive:


  • $250 cash prize

  • $150 gift certificate to City Grange garden centers

  • free 1-hour garden consultation ($100 value) and MODGY expandable flower vase from Prairie Godmothers 

  • personalized garden award plaque made by Craeft LLC

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


PLUS: 5 randomly selected entrants will be given a free rain barrel donated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District!

Check your email and follow #BungalowGardenContest
on social media to get the latest updates about contest submissions, voting, and winners!

2020 Bungalow Garden Contest Partners

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