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Flowers for Dreams
Photograph: Courtesy Flowers for Dreams

The best Chicago flower shops

Whether you're seeking a special delivery for your sweetheart, a European market-style experience, or the perfect organic fern for your living room–Chicago's best flower shops have it all

By Jess Keys
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There's no shortage of flower shops in the Windy City and it can be tough to "pick" the best of the best. These Chicago flower shops stand out from the pack with hand-tied bouquets perfect for kicking off that romantic date, unique arrangements that make the perfect gift, and of course, there's quick flower delivery for those procrastinators. Whichever route you take, it's guaranteed to be pretty. 

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Flowers For Dreams
Photograph: Courtesy Flowers For Dreams

1. Flowers For Dreams

Shopping Flower shops River West/West Town

Flowers for Dreams started as a college project in 2012, but it's since changed the concept of floral delivery in Chicago. The company set out to do away with baby's breath and pesticide-infested roses in favor of modern, locally sourced florals. To top it off, a quarter of its profits go toward a local charity each month. Starting at just $35, you can get a charming bouquet artfully wrapped in rustic, recyclable cloth, hand-delivered (by a real person) via bicycle. (Even better, that charming delivery is free.) You'll also never be upsold on a teddy bear, box of chocolates or cheesy balloons—they don't even carry them! Make sure to also look for the Flowers For Dreams Flower Truck, selling fresh stems on the spot. It doesn't get much sweeter than that.

2. Fleur

Shopping Flower shops Logan Square

Owner Kelly Marie Thompson stocks her cozy Logan Square boutique with fresh seasonal blooms in both exotic varieties and contemporary styles. Order arrangements for special occasions, weddings or just because. You’ll also discover a curated selection of fine cards, gifts for babies, bridesmaids and more displayed throughout the store.

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3. Asrai Garden

Shopping Flower shops Wicker Park

Walking into this moody floral boutique is a breath of fresh air, literally. Far from your average florist, Elizabeth Cronin decks the space out in everything from wild flowers to extraordinary succulents, mixed in with home decor à la faux stuffed moose heads and citrus-scented candles. The shop offers unique arrangements for everyday and special occasions, as well as citywide delivery. 

Pistil & Vine
Photograph: Wendell Remington

4. Pistil & Vine

Shopping Flower shops Bucktown

With a focus on organic, of-the-moment blooms, Pistil & Vine is a fresh destination among the city’s flower shops. Stop and smell the, yes, roses, hydrangea, anemones, calendula, tulips and more that fill the space, or request future orders for casual to formal occasions. While you’re there, take a peek at the eclectic assortment of home décor and gifts for sale.

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Ashland & Addison Florals
Photograph: Courtesy Ashland & Addison Floral

5. Ashland-Addison Floral

Shopping Flower shops Lake View

This family-owned and operated florist has been serving Chicago since 1932. With five locations, this place has you covered no matter your floral needs—from Valentine's Day roses to your bridal bouquet, to a budget-friendly runner for that fancy dinner party. The website offers easy, streamlined ordering, same-day delivery to the city and surrounding suburbs, plus 24-hour phone assistance–making custom orders a snap. Basically, you can enjoy all the big company perks with the family-run charm and none of the fuss.

Steve's Flower Market
Photograph: Courtesy Steve's Flower Market

6. Steve's Flower Market

Shopping Flower shops River West/West Town

Steve's is a West Side flower shop that offers fresh blooms in a true market-style. Pop in to purchase bulk stems at wholesale prices, or order an artfully arranged everyday or special occasion bouquet (also order online, starting at $39). The shop also specializes in wedding florals, and offers fast, same-day delivery that will please the worst procrastinators.

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A New Leaf
Photograph: Wendell Remington

7. A New Leaf

Shopping Flower shops Lincoln Park

A New Leaf is the place to go when you're looking for exotic flowers or stunning arrangements, whether you want them for a big event, a gift or just for yourself. You can buy something as small as a single stem, or purchase all the flowers you need for your wedding. Delivery is available. Oh, and did we mention the next-door event space is a popular (and gorgeous) wedding venue? 

8. Sprout Home

Shopping Design and interiors River West/West Town

Although contemporary design often gets slapped with the “cold” label, the modern style of this airy home and garden center proves otherwise. Outside, make use of free garden design services and an impressive selection of extraordinary flowers, trees, and shrubbery. Inside, browse Eames peel-and-stick wall graphics ($7.50 and up), graphic glass bowls by Leonardo ($67) and fragrant Circa soy candles (starting around $6).

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9. Dilly Lily

Shopping Flower shops Lincoln Park

Since 1997, owner and creative director Christine Noelle has been designing and delivering beautiful flowers around the city and many surrounding suburbs. Order your own arrangement, made with blooms grown on sustainable, socially responsible farms, or book her team’s services for your wedding or special event. Either way, you’ll fall in love.

10. Marguerite Gardens

Shopping Flower shops Ukrainian Village

Step inside this cozy Andersonville shop and your mood will instantly be lifted. Inspired by European-style flowers, the shop offers a range of fresh blooms from the familiar (roses, lilies) to more foreign (pincushion protea, raspberry thistle) in both classic and modern designs. Arrangements and bouquets for weddings are available, as are floral design classes for groups. Spend $200 in the store and get a free $25 bouquet.

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11. Gethsemane Garden Center

Shopping Flower shops Edgewater

This Andersonville plant mecca is known for its warm, quiet nursery, where you can commune with nature by strolling among the vibrant cyclamens, orchids and begonias, and the fountain filled with colorful koi. The store also offers a variety of outdoor furniture made of weather-resistant materials, such as cast aluminum, wrought iron, resin wicker, teak, hardwoods and tubular steel. Plus, you can even custom-design your own cushions and pillows here.

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