As the fast pace of Windy City life trots along, it’s important to remember to stop and snarf the flowers once in a while. Luckily, friendly neighborhood garden stores are chock full of earthy, floral aromas, inviting outdoor decor, and all the supplies a gardener and their best friend could possibly need to start rolling around in the dirt. Check out these Chicago plant shops for all your dog-friendly plant needs.
Note: Pandemic protocols are ever-changing, so be sure to double check policies and store hours before your adventure!
1. Plant Salon
West Town’s Plant Salon is a Black-owned beauty and plant studio featuring not only gorgeous plants, but the incredible self-care products we need to stay thriving in a tough year. Your pup’ll love being greeted by staff members who are thrilled to make her acquaintance, but she’ll *really* be beside herself when she peeps owner Nika’s private collection of rare plants.
2. Farmer’s Market Garden Center
Known for their wide selection and reasonable prices, Farmer’s Market Garden Center‘ll probably make a repeat customer of your pup. The folks at this shop just love animals, which is why a cat colony has elected to appoint themselves professional shelf warmers. Free-roaming felines aren’t for everypawdy, so choose your plant shop accordingly!
3. The Plantier
The Plantier is an Asian woman-owned artisanal plant shop located in West Town. The shop specializes in aroids and tropicals, and patrons assert that everyone is super excited whenever a canine shopper stops in. They may even post your bestie to their Instagram.
4. Plant Shop Chicago
Located in Albany Park/Mayfair, Plant Shop Chicago leads everyone’s list of favorites for good reason. This BIPOC-owned Northside nursery specializes in tropicals, succulents, cacti, and houseplants, and the staff is super knowledgeable. They’ll even dedicate time to match you and doggo with the best plants for your lifestyles (I mean, clearly your dog is a busy man).
5. Adams & Sons Gardens
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. Adams & Sons is a neighborhood, BIPOC- and family-owned garden center and floral shop open year round in Humboldt. Stop in for good company and knowledgeable staff that’ll make your pup feel the “I got a guy” vibes this city was built on.
Primrose in the heart of Southport Corridor is a dog-friendly florist and plant shop. And they give out treats! Parking is available on Southport or side streets, too (and it’s also steps from the Southport Brown Line stop should you happen to be cruising solo).
7. City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio
City Escape Garden Center & Design Studio is a lush oasis located in East Garfield Park. This woman-owned garden center is proud to give back to the community both monetarily and aesthetically. Be puppared for the possibility of seein’ a couple of kitties at this spot as well.
Get out there and enjoy these dog and earth-friendly Chicago plant shops! We want to see pics of your pups enjoying the garden stores—be sure to tag them with #SidewalkDog! And if you’re looking fur more dog-friendly shops, check out our directory.
Featured photo: Celine Sayuri Tagami
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