To the left of the Park Shop under the shade of a crisp white umbrella a profusion of color literally explodes from the front of the European Flower Shop. Reminiscent of a flower vendor on a Paris thoroughfare, the gorgeous displays of fresh-cut bouquets are spread out on to the sidewalk in silvery, oversized anodized tin vases.
Each day I pass Millennium Park, the flower selections on display are more delightful than the previous day’s choices. Roses are the prime selection at this boutique. The hues may vary from day to day, but the quality is always superb. The spicy smells of the raging reds, baby powder pink & citron-scented yellow are a daily staple. Also on display for immediate purchase are giant orange Gerber daisies, miniature long-stemmed sunflowers, riotous violet-blue hydrangeas, regally tall burgundy gladiolas & delicate mauve daylilies. The arrays of blooms are unapologetically stunning & steal some of the attention from the shimmery bean above them
The shop also carries the usual suspects of potted plants as herbs, schefflera, miniature palms, aloes, & ivies in portable attractively-artsy containers. They looked healthy & were perhaps to tempt the gift-needy office workers that eat lunch in the Grill. Hmm…I can’t see these as a romantic gesture, with the receiver toting a potted dieffenbachia around the Park. I also spied a set of nearly 5-foot tall potted purple-leafed cannas & wondered who would be lugging those around. I soon discovered that they were going to be used to decorate the entry to the Mayor’s Fundraising Banquet the next day.
The friendly proprietor will be happy to wrap your purchases in your choice of a simple lime-colored tissue to a more elaborate gift-wrap with a pretty ribbon. The prices are geared to the impulse tourist purchase, as a single long-stemmed rose or tall sunflower will set you back $5.00+tax. In spite of the location-inflated price, I rather enjoy the old-world romance that the market lends to Millennium Park until it has the age to develop its own unique patina.
Store Hours : 9am to 7pm Wednesday through Sunday.