If living in a big city has taught us anything, it’s that soaking up time spent with nature is important, especially when dealing with unpredictable Chicago weather. One way to feel closer to nature is by bringing it indoors through some awesome new plants. Not only are plants pretty to look at, but just having them around offers added health benefits like air purification, increased productivity, and reduction of stress. Whether you’re already a collector of plants or looking to get started by building your own personal nursery, be sure to check out these eight plant shops around Chicago that offer just about everything you need to know to hone in on your own green thumb.
Plant Shop Chicago
4601 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Located on Chicago’s Northside in Albany Park, Plant Shop Chicago is truly one of a kind. Not only does this local gem offer a wider variety of plants like aloe vera and the ZZ plant, but the staff is also super knowledgeable and takes time to work with any patron, guiding them to make the best plant decision based on lifestyle, budget, and how much time they can actually put into taking care of plants. New to plant care or don’t know where to start? Check out Plant Shop’s blog before taking a trip in-store to get an idea of what kind of greenery you want to add to your collection.
Vedas Plant Shop
3907 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
If you’ve gotten used to the world where anything you want can be delivered to your doorstep (thanks, Amazon) look no further than Vedas Plant shop. With a huge variety and free (yes, free) delivery throughout Chicago, you can start or add to your indoor jungle from the comfort of your couch.
The customer service team at Vedas is outstanding and is ready to answer all your questions about general plant care, how to save your ailing plants, and how to be the best plant parent you can be. Along with the classic houseplants, Vedas prides itself on having a variety of unique options. I suggest taking a look at the African Milk Tree and adding that weird but beautiful plant to your greenhouse.
Christy Webber Farm & Garden
2833 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
This Humboldt Park greenhouse and community hub is the perfect spot to find your next balcony planter. This shop is also the perfect place for new plant moms because they have an amazing educational program that covers everything from fruit trees, general gardening, and herbs to native plant alternatives.
Check out their selection of native plants and gorgeous pottery for the ultimate summer patio aesthetic.
1351 W Roscoe St. Chicago, IL 60657
Located right outside of the Brown Line Southport station, The Sill is such a convenient quick grab for plant lovers. Every week, the store receives new shipments of specialty plants from around the US. Varieties like Monstera Deliciosa, Snake Laurentii, and the popular Parlor Palm can make any balcony feel instantly cozy. There are also curbside pickup and local delivery options available to make things easier for you!
2835 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
Looking to add some vibrant colors to your balcony or home office? Check out this women-owned flower shop located in Southport. Seasonal blooms like tulips, peonies, and daffodils can brighten things up—perfect for an outdoor brunch with friends! They also have a subscription option for residential and businesses so you’re never short of flower supplies year-round.
3755 N Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618
Well. You can probably tell we’ve got a thing for succulents, but Coach House also has plenty of other plants for you to choose from! Head to this horticulture studio for personalized recommendations on how to transform your space. Whether you need a full balcony overhaul or just adding key plants to liven up your area, the folks at Coach House will hook it up. Adding character to your balcony has never been easier.
858 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
I’m not sure there’s a better combination than plants and art, and The Plantier has got both within their shop located in Noble Square. What started as a self-exclaimed “obsessive” love for the two has turned into The Plantier, where you can find tons of plants to add to your collection, as well as art pieces to curate the ultimate sanctuary, free of the bustling noise of any-given Chicago neighborhood. One thing that makes this shop unique is that they offer cuttings of rare plants that customers can purchase and propagate, seeing the hard yet soothing work of plant care come to life.
Gethsemane Garden Center
5739 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660
Having been in Chicago for almost 40 years, Gethsemane Garden Center definitely knows a thing or two about plant care. Located just north of the Andersonville neighborhood, Gethsemane is Chicago’s largest year-round garden center. Here, you’ll find everything you need for a complete plant collection whether it’s indoor or outdoor.
The extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff are ready to talk annuals, houseplants, seeds, shrubs, and more to guide you to become a well-rounded plant owner. Gethsemane is also committed to shopping locally and supports locally run farms and greenhouses to bring you the freshest and most interesting plants you can find.
745 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Since 2003, Sprout Home has offered a plethora of services for plant lovers of any kind. Looking to revamp your outdoor garden space? Sprout Home can help. Just want a few houseplants to give your space a more welcoming feel? The in-store and online collection is perfect. No matter what size your project is, Sprout Home has got you covered.
Additionally, if you’re looking for any floral services from an exquisite bouquet to the floral arrangements for a wedding or large event, all you have to do is walk across the street to the Sprout Home Floral shop where the experts are ready to take care of all your floral needs.
957 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
If you’re considering turning your home into a mini-greenhouse, Plant Salon is the place for you. With a recently opened second location in Bucktown, this place has all the gorgeous greenery you can imagine. From pothos to philodendrons, you are sure to find something that inspires your inner plant-parent to curate the perfect collection of houseplants.
Along with plants, Plant Salon also offers things like candles, mugs, and skincare items that will elevate your space to the cozy, homey vibe you’ve been working on since you moved in.
2321 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Chicago Plants, based in Wicker Park, has everything you could dream of when it comes to plant shops. Workshops to help you understand the ins-and-outs of plant care? Yup. Repotting services for when you’re too nervous you’ll tamper with the intricate root system? Yes, again.
Chicago Plants is your one-stop shop to make sure that you’re bringing the best and most attentive care to your plant children. They also offer consultations for offices, homes, restaurants, and more to spruce up your space in the best way: with plants!
Chica Plant Shop
4601 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
While there isn’t a physical storefront for this nursery, Chica Plant Shop is an incredible option for plant lovers. Running the business out of her home, Erika essentially “fosters” her collection. Whether you’re an expert at plant care or a first-time owner, you’re sure to find that any plant from Chica Plant Shop has been properly nurtured, and will become a permanent and flourishing fixture in your indoor jungle.
If you plan on buying from Chica Plant Shop, be sure to check the site often. Her popular plants aren’t available for long and we’re calling dibs on a lemon lime prayer plant!
Featured Image Credit: Vedas Plant Shop