Not only have flowers been known for their romantic appeal if you are trying to impress, but the language of flowers has always been one of emotion. During Victorian times, the gift of floral arrangements allowed the sender to express their feelings since spoken words aloud was not the custom. Today, fresh flowers express similar meanings and also have become popular to display in your home. Studies have shown that flowers can increase compassion and reduce depression. Flowers are an individuals tastes and the best of shops create fresh, and unique designs for all customers. When it comes to ranking some of the best floral shops in Chicago, the Windy City provides five of the most exquisite florists.
This shop offers locally crafted flowers and hand-curated daily picks at local markets. Everything is sourced, designed and delivered to ensure high levels of quality control. To sweeten the deal, delivery is free! Delivery trucks do not pull up to present your personal bouquet, they’re delivered by hand, on bikes, by real people. One fourth of net profits are donated to a local charity every month and Flowers for Dreams has raised over $62,000 for local causes since their launch in 2012. Local charities include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Chicago Lighthouse and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Tied in burlap, flower arrangements range from $35 to $95 and vases may also be purchased. Popular bouquets are named for color, design, seasons and earth.
Events: Days are selected to celebrate customers such as Happy Tuesday where one customer received a surprise bouquet in her mailbox. Currently, they are handing out free mini bouquets to all their friends, fans, and customers on Free Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Flowers for Dreams HQ. First come, first serve
A New Leaf
1645 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
For over 30 years, A New Leaf has been one of Chicago’s premier florists. The florist is better known for its innovative floral design and using exotic flowers from all over the world. One customer comments that for her November wedding she had agreed to garden roses but her first choice was peonies, though impossible to find. When the bouquets and center pieces were delivered, they were the filled with the most amazing peonies. New Leaf also provides a courtyard for ceremonies and receptions.
Arrangements are priced from $40 and up including some of the following favorites.
- Bowl of tulips
- Amaryllis and orchids
- White orchids
- Calla lilies
Event Space: Courtyard atmosphere, reasonably priced, flows with greenery from fig trees to flowers. The upstairs room provides dancing for wedding and other events. The location is in the heart of the Windy City; a dynamic place to entertain visitors and guests.
Orders: Flowers for pick up or delivery can be placed at any one of the three locations.
Ashland Addison Florist
3118 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Ashland Addison is a family owned business that has been in the Chicago area since 1932. They also have locations in Westchester, IL and in Prentice Womans Hospital as well as Rush University Medical Center. Not only do they boost mixed designs, exotic and tropical arrangements but offer gifts for kids that include truffles, Dinkel’s cookies, fruit and gourmet boxes as well as candy baskets. Ashland has also developed community outreach which includes partnerships to help raise money for charities. Their website offers great information on plant care.
Arrangements start at $25 and best selling items include the following:
- Happy Blossoms
- Blissful Beginnings
- Spring Fling
- The Renaissance
- Thanks to you
Events: Addison specializes in social and corporate events including weddings. Besides floral decor, they also offer linen and furniture rental and will be providing graphic design soon.
La Salle is also a family owned business since 1936 and is located in the same shop located at the corner of Superior and La Salle which is located in the River North area.They specialize in a award winning European design as well as traditional bouquets for all occasions. Their shop serves the entire Chicago area including its’ 150 suburbs. They offer a large inventory of fresh flowers and fruit baskets. Their staff provides a rich experience in selecting arrangements. They suggest occasions with special arrangement ideas such as Love and Romance along with examplesArrangements are 45$ and up with the following describing popular choices.
- Twelve yellow roses
- Pink Kalanchoe
- Pink Azalea
- Happy Hydrangea
- Color Your Day With Joy
Events: La Salle also offers assistance with weddings and corporate events. La Salle’s website has an extensive list of facilities they deliver and try to deliver
1625 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Also family owned, Phillips Flowers has been ranked among the top of North American florists and owns ten awarding winning florists in Chicago and throughout the suburbs serving families since 1923. Three generations have developed Phillips from a tiny store to a design center and 250 employees and serves the nation by wire. Phillips provides professional florists outreach throughout the world and international delivery, usually within 2-3 days except for peak season holidays. Generally, Phillips flower network delivers to over 140 countries. You can request a catalog for more information.
International flower arrangements start at $50 and the following will be prepared appropriate for the specific area it is delivered.
- Mixed colored roses
- Red roses
- Seasonal flowers
- Flowering plants
- Floral tradition bouquets
Events: Phillips prepares for all events and is a member of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and serves on the American Floral Endowment Board
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Karla Sullivan, from Downers Grove, Illinois, is a captivating writer and the Chicago Career Coach Examiner on Examiner.com. However, her writing extends well beyond that scope, with inspirational articles in high level publications such as AARP, Grand Magazine, Reunion Magazine and Mature Years.