With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, treat your significant other to a floral arrangement by Chicago-area florists. Whether you’re looking for roses or want something different, consider using local florists to create an arrangement. Keep in mind that Valentine’s Day is a notoriously busy time for florist shops, so consider placing an order at least one week in advance of February 14. To find a florist that will deliver to your loved one’s home or office, check out the following Chicago-area shops. For an additional list of florists in Chicago, see this article.
Kiko’s Flowers & Gifts
127 N. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068
If you’re in the northwest suburbs, consider stopping by Kiko’s Flowers & Gifts to pick up a floral arrangement for your loved one. And why send only a floral arrangement when you can add on extra items? According to manager Andy Zimmerman, Kiko’s offers chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate, balloons and stuffed animals. For a unique gift, you can also skip the roses this year and choose from Kiko Cafe’s selection of food-like items, which are floral arrangements designed to resemble ice cream sundaes, sushi and cupcakes. The store also delivers to homes and offices in Chicago and the suburbs; its delivery range extends to Elgin, Aurora, Joliet and Gurnee.
Ashland Addison Florist Company
1640 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60612
From roses to potted plants, Ashland Addison Florist Company offers something for everyone. According to Bridget Carlson, marketing manager of Ashland Addison, the store offers a selection of arrangements and can customize arrangements upon request. For something different this Valentine’s Day, Carlson recommends giving a blooming plant. “Seeing a blooming plant is a nice way to remind people that spring is coming, and that they can get a touch of spring to get through the Chicago winter,” she said. You can also pair your arrangement with baked goodies from Bombon Bakery, stuffed animals and balloons. In addition to its location on Fulton Street, Ashland Addison has four other stores. For store addresses and phone numbers, check out the website. Carlson noted that the store makes deliveries to homes and offices “every day from Lake Bluff to Homewood and downtown to St. Charles, and everywhere in between.”
La Salle Flower Group
731 N. La Salle Drive
Chicago, IL 60654
So you’ve decided to get your main squeeze flowers for Valentine’s Day, but maybe you’re not sure what to get. According to Margot Sersen, owner of La Salle Flower Group, you can stick with classic arrangements. “Roses are always popular, as well as arrangements with red flowers and white flowers,” she said. If roses aren’t your loved one’s favorite, owner Margot Sersen recommends picking up lilies or potted plants, like orchids. Add-ons from La Salle include balloons, stuffed animals and chocolates from Gayety’s Gourmet Chocolates. The store delivers to homes and offices in Chicago and 150 suburbs, and you can also come into the store and purchase arrangements.
Westgate Flower & Plant Shop
841 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
With daily service to Chicago and 180 suburbs, Westgate Flower & Plant Shop can deliver floral arrangements to your sweetie on Valentine’s Day. The shop offers a selection of arrangements, and can also customize arrangements. To add to a floral arrangement, consider including chocolates, balloons or stuffed animals. A selection of potted plants is also available if you wish to send a gift your loved one will see and remember for weeks to come.
2725 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Halsted Flowers in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood offers an interesting take on the typical dozen red roses for Valentine’s Day. According to owner Geneva Currin, the shop uses long-stem roses and an assortment of fillers in the vase, including curly willow and dogwood branches. “We want you to smile when you get your flowers,” Currin explained. The shop also offers plants like cyclamen and orchids, and a selection of candles and gemstones that you can include with an arrangement. Fair trade and organic products are available for purchase, as well as a selection of flowers and plants that are grown locally. You can also stop into the store and pick up an arrangement. Halsted Flowers delivers to homes and offices both downtown and throughout Chicago on Valentine’s Day.
Tulipia Floral Design
7617 W. Lake St.
River Forest, IL 60305
While Tulipia Floral Design is located in River Forest, it brings a touch of Europe to its floral creations. According to co-owner Ashley Kelly, the shop’s designs are inspired from Germany and Holland. Tulipia Floral Design delivers within a 20-mile radius of its address to homes and offices, and will also deliver to Chicago. The shop offers both traditional and modern arrangements. In addition to floral arrangements, you can also select from a variety of potted plants.
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