Now that we’re all coming out of hibernation, and hints of spring are starting to permeate the air again, it’s time to fill your humble abode with fresh blooms, and plenty of greenery.
Below is an extensive list featuring some incredible local plant and floral shops to pop into on your weekend stroll around the neighborhood.
For anyone looking to send a bouquet of flowers to your special someone, or maybe just to spruce up the apartment, Anna Held Floral Studio is the place for you. Filled to the brim with colorful, handpicked bouquets, you’re bound to fall in love with a bundle or two for a fresh Spring reset.
Address: 5557 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640
Gethsemane’s Garden Center is a sprawling outdoor mecca filled with beautiful florals and plants options alike. There’s an infinite selection at the ready, with easily marked sections to explore in person… from indoor and outdoor plants, to herbs and vegetables, and even trees and shrubs (Perfect if you’re looking to redo your landscaping). With nearly 40 years of experience serving the gardening community, the expansive center is sure to fulfill all your plant and floral needs.
Address: Gethsemane Garden Center, 5739 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660
3. Q Ideas
This sweet local nursery has an understated façade but walk inside, and you’re immediately treated to an endless greenery filled mecca. Known for great prices, a beautiful pottery section, and a gorgeous array of vivacious plants, Q Ideas is a smaller run shop but still provides plenty to choose from. The women owned and operated business has been around for over 10 years and can be found in the Uptown area.
Address: 1134 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640
You’re in for a sensory treat when you enter this family owned and operated shop, Known as Lakeview’s florist, Yera’s specializes in custom arrangements with plenty of arrangements to choose from. Whether you’re looking to send a get-well-soon bouquet or grab a fresh Spring arrangement for yourself, Yera’s is the place to do it all.
Address: 1909 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
This small shop has an undeniable draw to it. Located along a stretch of bustling stores and cafes, it’s bound to pull you in with its fragrant flowers, rows of colorful ceramic pots, and wide array of plants to peruse. You’re bound to stop by whenever you’re in the neighborhood thanks to its charming décor and sweeping selection.
Address: 3454 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
After Maria Guasso was furloughed during the pandemic, she opened up Plant Stand Collective, a pop up shop featuring endless sprouting plants and independent artists’ work. Plus, if you’re lucky, you’ll see the adorable pup Lucy hanging around, too.
Address: N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
The market is a local favorite thanks to its stunning collection of plants and florals, but it’s the knowledgeable owner, Mr. Kim, that truly makes this shop stand out. There’s a grand selection of bonsai, typical house plants, and fresh blooms, too. Odds are, you won’t leave empty handed.
Address: 2532 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Sure, they have a decadent array of florals, and have been around since 1978, but have you checked out their puzzle and candle selection? Amazing. With orchids, small terrariums and custom arrangements up for grabs, it’s pretty obvious Bunches has it all figured out.
Address: 1501 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
9. Green Inc.
Green Inc, has been around since the 70s and it’s clear to see why. From their dedicated customers, to their unique atmosphere, there are plenty of traditional blooms alongside some lesser known plant options, making it a win/win situation for everyone.
Address: 1718 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614
10. Chicago Plants
This cute and cozy plant nursery houses so many precious plants, it’s honestly hard to choose just one. With great prices and a weekly Plant of The Week feature, this Wicker Park local store helps guide you through every step of the plant-owning process.
Address: 2321 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
11. Asrai Garden
With an off-the-cuff vintage feel, this luxury shop has everything from pleasing floral arrangements, to an apothecary, and more. The Elizabeth Cronin founded shop has become a Chicago staple since opening in 1999 and is truly an experience unlike any other.
Address: 1935 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 6062
Bursting with greenery, and gorgeous wooden accents, Semillas Plant Studio embodies warm summer days in its entirety. Entering the shop feels similar to taking a walk in the sun after a dreary winter. Owner and founder Angelica Varela opened Semillas Plant Studio in 2020 and hasn’t looked back since, offering shoppers a range of exotic plants, at a reasonable price point. The shop also features independent artists’ work as a way to give back to the community.
Address: 1848 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
Flowers, plants, and candles are all you can see as soon as you step into Urban Flowers Chicago. Since opening in 2012, Blanca Ocasio has been running this store with a can-do attitude, plenty of heart, and a dedication to creating arrangements that will make you say “wow!”
Address: 141 W Jackson Blvd South Lobby, Chicago, IL 60604
14. Fasan Florist
The lovely people at Fasan’s create custom arrangements that are sure to impress. Hand picked with care, Fasan’s has been a Chicago staple since opening in 1924. They’re available to decorate for weddings, special events, and more.
Address: 1600 W 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60609
15. Zuzu’s Petals
Looking to liven up your home, or grab a housewarming plant for a friend? Zuzu’s Petals is the place to go. They offer up customized floral arrangements for any occasion, and also have an expansive selection of home décor, jewelry, candles and more.
Address: 3340 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
16. Zins Flower Shop
Specializing in wedding and event arrangements, Zins Flower Shop caters to plant lovers and local artists alike. (They have plenty of gifts for purchase as well.) This small shop is incredibly curated and feels special thanks to its homey, well-decorated space.
Address: 1800 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60608