image of SYNLawn artificial grass at Chicago's Merchandise Mart River Plaza Outdoor Green Space

Luxurious Green Space for Chicago’s Merchandise Mart River Plaza

Matt Wagner Commercial Projects

Chicago, IL — The Merchandise Mart (also known as “the MART”) in Chicago is one of the world’s largest commercial and wholesale design centers. The famous building hosts several prominent tradeshows each year, and it welcomes nearly 10 million people each year, including designers, architects, builders, consumers, and tourists. The building also houses numerous commercial offices for companies like Allscripts, Kellogg, and Motorola. In recent years, the MART has enhanced the services and amenities offered by the building with building-wide transformations, including an outdoor green space along the riverfront called River Park. The team from SYNLawn Chicago helped to beautify this space with the installation of synthetic turf.


  • image of SYNLawn artificial grass at Chicago Merchandise Mart River Plaza Outdoor Green Space
  • image of SYNLawn artificial grass at Chicago Merchandise Mart River Plaza Outdoor Green Space
  • image of SYNLawn artificial grass at Chicago Merchandise Mart River Plaza Outdoor Green Space

Enhancing the Exterior Space of the MART with Turf Installation

The newly constructed River Plaza sits on what used to be a former parking area. Now it provides visitors and the employees of the commercial office tenants with a lush outdoor green space with alfresco seating to take in the scenery of the scenic Chicago riverfront and its architecture and socialize and relax in the lounge area.

The landscape architect firm in charge of the River Plaza selected SYNLawn Chicago to install two artificial grass areas to enhance the exterior space of the MART. The firm also chose SYNLawn’s SYNAugustine 347 as their product of choice due to the natural appearance of the synthetic turf product, the competitive cost they provided, and SYNLawn’s “turf-on-foam pad” system.

Artificial Grass Enhances Alfresco Lounging Areas

The SYNLawn Chicago team installed 1,000-square-feet of artificial grass in the River Plaza to enhance the alfresco lounging areas. This superior quality artificial turf was ideal for the installation since it’s the softest and most comfortable synthetic grass on the market. Its multi-colored grass blades with dense multi-colored thatch create a natural appearance with a realistic feel, so it’s hard to distinguish it from natural grass. SYNAugustine 347 is also known for its superior strength, so it will help withstand all of the foot traffic from visitors. The project’s final result is a beautiful green space in River Plaza that will be enjoyed by the public and tenants of the MART for years to come.


  • image of SYNLawn artificial grass at Chicago Merchandise Mart River Plaza Outdoor Green Space
  • image of SYNLawn artificial grass at Chicago Merchandise Mart River Plaza Outdoor Green Space
  • image of SYNLawn artificial grass at Chicago Merchandise Mart River Plaza Outdoor Green Space

Choose SYNLawn for Upcoming Commercial Projects

Consider using SYNLawn’s high-quality artificial turf products for your next commercial project. SYNLawn has a vast network of distributors located across the country with the expertise and unique skills to design and develop custom landscape installations for retail businesses.



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