Answer: Yews will grow in Chicago, especially when given some afternoon shade. If you have a completely sunny site, you might consider one of the following juniper suggestions:
Juniperus chinensis ?Fairview? ? Bright green, narrow pyramidal growing to 15 feet; silver cones look like berries in fall. Good vigorous grower.
J. chinensis ?Iowa? ? Blue-green, open pyramidal growing to 15 feet; spread to 8 feet.
J. chinensis ?Mint Julep? ? Bright mint-green, compact 5 feet by 5 feet habit with arching branch tips.
Hope one of these suggestions piques your interest!
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