City Escape Garden Center and Design Studio fills 17,000 square feet of space with pottery and internationally sourced houseplants, trees, and shrubs. Take a topiary-centric trip to the Eastern Hemisphere with a japanese maple ($144.99 for 6 gallon), or adorn yards with an ornamental, evergreen, or conifer tree ($29.99+). Embed shrubs, 6-inch table ferns ($14.99), or stolen Betamax players in one of City Escape's indoor or outdoor pots made from cast stone, iron, or fiberglass ($8.99+). The ever-changing gardening gamut encompasses grasses, perennials, and annuals, as well as trellises, bird feeders, and other accessories. City Escape beckons motorists with plentiful free parking, keeping greenery gurus from crowding the rush hour "L" with yet another tree.
The blossom bundlers at Northlake Flowers and Gift Shop gather fresh flora and festive gifts into eye-catching arrangements that cater to a full calendar of holidays and special occasions. The Tie a Yellow Ribbon bouquet ($39.99+) rallies patriotic-hued blossoms such as red roses, white daisies, and blue delphiniums in a ribbon-wrapped vase fit for a Fourth of July barbecue or a date with Uncle Sam. Deliver birthday how-do-you-dos with a sextet of shiny mylar balloons ($29.99) in your choice of designs. Or, send sweet wishes with a cupcake in bloom, in which a layer of white carnations frosts a cake-shaped vase and cradles a wish-ready candle ($24.99). For the romance-ready set, the a-dog-able basket ($54.99) affords the colorful cuteness of a carnation puppy without the exorbitant vet bill, and a modern rectangular vase of pink roses ($59.99) arrives topped with a stylish butterfly pick to woo the heart of any nature lover or hungry praying mantis.
Arming Windy City's flower followers with a bevy of buxom blossoms since 1889, Amling's Flowers brightens occasions across the spectrum with its fresh floral arrangements. Built from the fruits of partnerships with independent petal peddlers, Amling's artistic arrangements help express emotions fit for a range of occasions, from birthdays to funerals to the first of many joyous parking citations. Lilacs soothe schnozes and seers with a sense-pleasing blend of lavender roses and fragrant hydrangea ($39.95), while the Cotton Candy's bursts of roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums issue forth with pastel explosions not seen since Gregor Mendel cross-bred hyacinths with a stick of dynamite ($34.95+).
By suggesting simple ways to improve energy efficiency at home, Euro-Tech's level-one residential-energy audit can shave up to 30% off bloated energy bills. During an audit, a well-trained energy doctor will examine the amount of energy a home consumes versus the cost of that energy. Then, within one week, auditors will reveal their recommendations in 15- to 25-page reports stuffed with suggested energy-saving stratagems, such as using energy-efficient light bulbs, caulking or replacing windows, adding attic insulation, or handcuffing radiators so their heat waves can't escape.
The florists at City Enchanted Gardens partner with FTD to speedily deliver their fetchingly designed bouquets and artfully arranged centerpieces to locations and special events throughout the city. For in-store clientele, they stock their downtown shop with a broad spectrum of blooms, from exotic birds of paradise to cheerful sunflowers, as well as seasonal plants, such as winter's crimson poinsettia and spring's fire-breathing snap dragons.
For those clients who choose to have their flowers delivered, the hard-working florists ensure that last-minute sentiments for parties, weddings, and police lineups arrive promptly, with same-day delivery available every day. The welcoming shop also hosts classes that instruct in the art of arranging seasonal décor and professional bouquet wraps.