Crate & Barrel
This chain’s North Avenue location has a small floral department that’s out of this world. Michelle C. Salazar, an experienced floral designer, took charge of the department five years ago; she stocks it with architectural plants and unusual flowers that complement C&B’s modern vases and accessories. You’ll see everything from lilies, air plants, plum-colored carnations, and tumbleweed in a wooden bowl to orchids floating in Iitalia tea-light holders. Buy loose flowers or ask Salazar to create an arrangement for you.
850 W. NORTH AVE., 312-573-9800, CRATEANDBARREL.COM
Photograph: Matthew Gilson