Tree Planting

The Bureau of Forestry plants trees along the public right-of-way throughout the City of Chicago. The benefits of trees are numerous and ever increasingly important in this age of climate change, in achieving a cleaner, greener, sustainable environment.  Chicago property owners who want a new tree planted on their parkways should call 311 or submit a request online to register for this free city service.


Some of the benefits of the Street Tree Planting Program include:

  • Improved Air Quality
  • Reduction of Emissions
  • Reduction of Smog
  • Reduction of Green House Gasses
  • Reduction of the “Urban Heat Island” Effect
  • Noise Abatement
  • Increased Psychological Well Being
  • Improved Aesthetics
  • Increased Property Values
  • Provision for Wildlife Habitat
  • Storm Water Attenuation

All Service Requests are handled in the order in which they are received. Once your request is received, your planting site will be investigated by Forestry Staff. The Street Tree Planting Program is divided into two seasons, the spring planting season beginning April 1st, and the fall planting season beginning October 1st. The exact timing of each season varies based on weather and ground temperatures.

Please be advised that certain species may not be available for planting at the time of your request but that every effort will be made to accommodate your second and third preference.

City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List

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