ILASLA Awards Program and Celebration+

Venue One Chicago
1034 W Randolph St. 
Chicago, IL 60607

Each year the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA) recognizes outstanding projects completed by individuals or organizations located in the State of Illinois. These awards are given in an effort to raise standards of excellence, heighten public appreciation of quality landscape architecture, and expand public awareness of the profession and ASLA. The award winners are  recognized at celebration+, ILASLA’s premier annual awards event held each spring in Chicago, Illinois, be published in the widely distributed folio awards e-book, as well as have their projects spotlighted on the ILASLA website.

                                                                                                             Awards Host, Geoffrey Baer

                                                                                                            Awards Host, Geoffrey Baer

2017 celebration+ 

Join us on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Venue One in Chicago 

Event highlights will include:

  • Field sessions
  • Education sessions
  • Awards Ceremony/Reception 

Education - 5 CEs - LA CES Pending: 

Field Sessions will register at 8:00 am at Venue One.  The bus will leave at 8:30 am.  Latecomers will be given instructions for meeting the group.

The morning will kick off with site tours to Ping Tom Memorial Park ; Grant Park Skate Plaza, Maggie Daley Park and the River Walk. (3 CEs) 

We will have an education session back at the venue: 

Designing Trees into the Urban Landscape and Integrating LID Stormwater Management (2 CEs)

Jeremy Bailey, a senior consultant from GreenBlue Urban will be speaking on sustainable development, green infrastructure, urban tree planting and storm water management and the values of incorporating these types of systems and designs into the urban landscape, backed by many solutions that are being utilized globally.  

After the Education Sessions, we will meet and greet during a vendor Expo and reception.  Then onto the awards and a post award light dinner.  


About our host, Geoffrey Baer

Multiple Emmy award-winning Public Television writer, producer and program host Geoffrey Baer is known for his masterful storytelling, conversational style, and contagious enthusiasm. 

Geoffrey is most familiar to Chicago audiences for his popular feature-length TV specials about Chicago architecture and history, including “television tours” of the Chicago River, the Loop, the Lakefront, the neighborhoods by “L” train and the boulevards by bike, and six programs covering virtually all of Chicago’s suburban areas.

Nationally he hosted the PBS primetime special Ten Buildings that Changed America, which debuted in May of 2013 and hosts a follow-up PBS series airing in April 2016 about homes, parks and towns that changed America. 

Other programs seen nationally on Public Television include documentaries about acclaimed international architects Robert A. M. Stern and Michael Graves and Saved from the Wrecking Ball, a documentary about the rescue of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.

For WTTW he wrote and hosted a quiz show about Chicago, explored the city’s history with the help of a time machine and ate his way through Chicago in the James Beard Award-nominated program The Foods of Chicago: A Delicious History.

Geoffrey appears weekly on WTTW’s flagship nightly news program Chicago Tonight, answering viewers’ questions about Chicago architecture and history in a segment called Ask Geoffrey.

In his 26 years at WTTW he has written and produced numerous other documentaries and cultural and entertainment specials for local and national television, and has served as the executive producer of the weekly cultural magazine series Artbeat Chicago, and of the weekly documentary series Chicago Stories.

He has been a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1987, is a board member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Architecture and Design Society, and an emeritus board member of Lookingglass Theatre Company.

In addition to his Emmy awards, Geoffrey has received the CPB Gold Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and awards/honors from the National Association of Broadcasters, the New York Festivals, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Lewis University (honorary Ph.D.) and the Chicago Headline Club.

Geoffrey has a master’s degree in theatre from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film from Miami University in Oxford Ohio.



$165.00 Member Combination Ticket: Field Session, Education Session, Celebration+ 
$130.00 Earlybird rate before April 7

$45.00 Member Field Session

$40.00 Member Education Session

$95.00 Member Celebration Event and Awards
$75.00 Earlybird rate before April 7

$245.00 Guest Combination Ticket: Field Session, Education Session, Celebration+ (No Early Bird Rate)

$95.00 Guest Field Session

$85.00 Guest Education Session

$115.00 Guest Celebration and Awards (No Early Bird Rate)

$75.00 Awardee Additional Ticket - Member

$75.00 Awardee Additional Ticket - Non Member

$75.00 Sponsor Additional Ticket

$37.50 Student Ticket

Thank you to our generous Sponsors:



Bar Sponsors


Dinner Sponsor




Expo Sponsors


Bo-Mar Industries

Cunningham Recreation/Gametime

Forms + Surfaces

Hunter Industries/FX Luminaire


Kafka Granite

Landscape Forms



Oceanside Glass Tile

Rain Bird


Victor Stanley

Whitacre Greer