Chicago’s motto, adopted at its founding, is “Urbs in horto.” This Latin phrase translates to “City in a Garden.” Chicago’s founders would be happy to see the Windy City developed into a metropolis that today boasts some beautiful green spaces and flower gardens. Chicago isn’t the only city that values nature. In cities and towns across the U.S., people unite over their love of nature, most of all flowers. Being in the presence of flowers has the amazing ability to improve a person’s mood and potentially even health.
The beauty and benefits of flowers continue to make floral arrangements a timeless present that shows you care about the recipient. While the gift itself is eternal, the ways of delivering this gift have evolved. Gone are the days of having to look up a florist in the phone book and call to order an arrangement, all while having no pictures to show you what you’re picking out for your loved one. Ordering flowers online has become the most popular option today.
Today, if you have a friend, family member or significant other in Chicago, no matter where you are in the world, you can show them you care by sending them a beautiful floral arrangement you picked out yourself. If you’re interested in sending flowers to Chicago, read through this step-by-step guide for how to brighten your loved one’s day by ordering through Ode à La Rose.
Step 1: Select Your Arrangement
Once you’ve decided to send a floral arrangement, you get to select which arrangement you would like to send. You can browse through arrangements by categories based on types of bouquets, occasions, colors, or prices.
Bouquets: Selecting a bouquet category is the way to go if you know what you’re looking for. For example, if you know your girlfriend loves roses, head straight to the Rose Bouquets page. Ode à La Rose has always focused on roses, but we offer other types of flowers, as well. If you know you want to send your mother a potted plant or orchid, go straight to that page.
Occasion: If you’re unsure where to start, get inspired by browsing through arrangements that are perfect for the occasion. We’ve based these selections on the cultural connotations different types and colors of flowers carry. For example, red roses are a symbol of love, and yellow roses carry a meaning of friendship and wishing someone good health and cheer. The arrangements in these categories will guide you to know what’s appropriate for the occasion, whether you’re offering sympathy, congratulations, thanks, or another sentiment.
Color: The cultural connotations attached to certain colors aren’t the only reason to pay attention to color. While the suggestions in the occasion categories should help inspire you, you know your loved one best, so choose an arrangement you know will bring a smile to their face. If you know their favorite color is purple, for instance, look through the bouquets on the purple page.
Price: Finally, if you want to consider price, you can limit your selections to arrangements under $55, arrangements from $59 to $149, and arrangements that cost above $150. More affordable arrangements, while still beautiful, will be smaller, and more costly ones will be larger and make a more dramatic statement.
Here are five of our most popular arrangements to consider as you begin to search for the perfect choice for your loved one.
- Red Rose Bouquet: Red roses are beautiful, simple and classic. Our hand-tied red rose bouquet captures the timeless essence of romance in a way that is also updated and chic. Choose from 12, 18, 24, 30, or 36 roses.
- Amalfi Coast: This vibrant bouquet features purple, pink, and melon roses, wax flowers, phlox, wildflowers, and foliage. The pastel colors soften the arrangement, and the jewel tones bring it to life, making a bouquet as beautiful as the Italian coastline we named it after. Choose from 12, 24, or 36 stems.
- Juliet: The Juliet bouquet is soft, charming, and elegant. It includes fragrant Juliet garden roses, cream roses, phlox, lisianthus, and spray roses, along with myrtle and ornithogalum. Choose from 12, 24, or 36 stems.
- Montauk: We named this cheerful bouquet of sunflowers, goldenrod, and summer foliage after the popular weekend getaway for New Yorkers. Purchase the Montauk bouquet as 12, 24, or 36 stems, and choose whether to pair it with a flower jar or vase.
- Pick Me Up: These bouquets consist of seven hand-tied premium roses in a Mason jar. Pick Me Up arrangements are available in gold, white, yellow, pink, red, and purple. These small bouquets are the perfect way to send someone a sweet surprise.
Step 2: Tell Us Where and When You Want to Send Your Arrangement
Once you’ve picked out an arrangement, the next step is letting us know when and where to send it. You can select the date you want, along with a time range when you’d like us to deliver the flowers. Since we have a location in Chicago’s West Town, we offer same-day Chicago flower delivery, so you don’t have to wait long to surprise your loved one.
We service Chicago neighborhoods from North Side to South Side and everything in between. Depending on where your recipient is, you will specify a type of location, along with the address and any special delivery instructions you want to include. Let’s take a brief look at some different location types and how to ensure your delivery goes smoothly.
If your loved one lives in Chicago, consider sending a surprise straight to their front door. If you’re sending flowers to a home, whether it be a house, condo, or apartment building, select the residence option and include the recipient’s exact address. We will ask you to specify whether a doorman will be present. Depending on the security of the building, your loved one’s flowers may remain at the front desk. In this case, the building management will notify them that they have a delivery.
Make sure you select a time range when you’re fairly certain the recipient will be at home. If no one answers the door, the delivery person will give the recipient a call and will leave the flowers waiting for them, safely, right outside the door. If the recipient is unavailable and dropping the flowers off isn’t a viable option, we will contact you to reschedule the delivery.
Receiving flowers at your workplace is always a welcome surprise, especially if they are “just-because” flowers. Sending your friend or significant other a beautiful bouquet and note is sure to brighten their day and bring some sunshine into their office. If you send flowers to a Chicago business, we will ask you to include the company name.
Depending on the office setting, your flowers will most likely remain at the front desk, and the receptionist will let the recipient know they’ve received a delivery. As long as you specify the recipient’s name, they should receive their bouquet with no trouble. If your loved one works in an open environment or cubicle where other employees are nearby, you may want to choose a gift that features flowers that are easier on allergies, just as a courtesy to coworkers.
If your loved one is staying at lodging, you can make them feel right at home by sending flowers to their Chicago hotel. You could even have the bouquet delivered ahead of time and ask the concierge to have it waiting for them in their room when they arrive. We can send flowers to Chicago hotels, including the Fairmont, the Drake, Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago, the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, and many more.
A colorful bouquet is a perfect way to cheer up someone who’s recovering from an illness or surgery or to congratulate someone who has just had a baby. We are happy to deliver to area hospitals like Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and more.
When you send flowers to a Chicago hospital, be sure to include the recipient’s room number along with the hospital address to ensure a smooth delivery. Note that some hospital areas, like the intensive care unit, may not allow flowers. If your loved one is in the ICU, it is best to wait until the hospital staff moves them to a regular room or they return home to send them a bouquet.
For students, teachers, and staff alike, school days don’t stop for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. When one of these unique days comes up, let your friend or sweetheart know it’s not just another day at school. What better way to show that than with flowers?
If you want to send flowers to a student, teacher, or staff member at a Chicago school, select the school option and include the school’s address along with the recipient’s name. It may also be a good idea to contact the school secretary to give a heads-up that the delivery will be coming and prepare them to receive the flowers and pass them on to the lucky recipient.
Many special events happen inside churches, including baby dedications, first communions, baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Whatever the occasion, happy or sad, flowers elevate it to the next level. If you work at a church in Chicago, consider having fresh flowers delivered weekly to enhance the beauty of your church’s sanctuary.
If you have flowers delivered to a church, try to specify where the delivery person can connect with someone to receive the flowers. During a week when no events are taking place, this will likely be the church office. If the church is getting set up for a wedding or funeral, however, the delivery person may be able to hand off the flowers directly to the recipient.
Step 3: Include a Note and a Photo
Next, you get to personalize your gift with a note or a photo. This step is optional, but it’s a great way to make your gift even more meaningful. Some people get stumped on what to write if they overthink it. Even a message as simple as “I’ll always love you” or “Sending cheerful thoughts your way” signed with your name is enough to make the recipient smile and feel a close connection to you.
For most florists, personalization ends with a note, but at Ode à La Rose, we don’t stop there. You can personalize your gift further by uploading a photo. We’ll print out your picture on glossy paper and include it with the arrangement you send, all at no extra cost. Since this option is relatively unique compared to what you may be used to, you may wonder what sort of photo to include. Here are just a few ideas for different occasions.
- Anniversary: Upload a picture of you and your partner. It could be a casual photo taken on a memorable date or a professional photo from your wedding. Just make sure it captures your love as a couple. In the note, let your partner know you love them as much or more now as you did back then.
- Sympathy: Including a photo that will remind someone of a precious memory of their recently deceased loved one is a heartfelt way of showing you care and that their loved one will live on in their heart and in yours.
- New baby: Today, most people share lots of photos of their newborns on social media. If you’re congratulating someone on a new baby, pull your favorite photo of the baby to include with their arrangement. It’s the perfect way of commemorating the joyous occasion.
Step 4: Select Add-Ons and Pay
Before finalizing your order, you’ll have the option to add a receptacle for your floral arrangement and an additional gift. Receptacles include a glass vase, flower jar, and zinc vase. Gifts you can add on include a box of six assorted macarons from Macaron Café and a French candle, which comes in a small or large size. Add-ons are very affordable and can make your gift even more special.
Imagine getting a vase of beautiful peonies along with some delicious macarons. Does it get any better, or more French, than that? All add-ons are optional, so it’s up to you whether you’d like to include them or send a stand-alone bouquet.
Once you finalize your order, you’ll pay online. The final cost you see will include the flowers and any add-ons, delivery fee, and tax. You can pay with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card, or through Paypal. You will also have the option to enter a promo code. Join our email list for exclusive promotional offers you can apply at this stage.
Step 5: Stay Updated and See Your Arrangement
Once you place your order, you’ll likely be full of anticipation to see when your order leaves the shop and you can expect your loved one’s day to get brighter. Fortunately, Ode à la Rose will send you notifications to update you, and you can check the status of your order anytime by entering your email and order number.
One thing that sets us apart from other florists is that we not only let you know when the arrangement you ordered leaves our workshop — we also send you a picture of the exact bouquet your friend, family member, or partner will receive. A Consumer Reports study confirmed what many people already knew to be true: When you order from some of the major online florists, you can expect the real-life arrangement your loved one receives to look different from the photo you saw online that prompted you to choose that arrangement — not just different, but worse.
At Ode à la Rose, we pride ourselves in delivering quality arrangements that meet or exceed your expectations. That’s why it is our pleasure to share a photo with you, so you can see your exact arrangement before it gets delivered. When your loved one receives the bouquet you selected, it will come in our signature delivery box. This is another thing that sets Ode à la Rose apart from other florists that ship flowers in plain white boxes or some other form of lackluster packaging.
Our bouquets are hand-tied with raffia, carefully wrapped, and placed in a water-filled travel container that keeps stems hydrated and flowers protected. The arrangement and container arrive in one of our signature chic, purple boxes that features a single rose emerging from the top. When the recipient opens the box, their first sight will be tissue paper topped with fresh rose petals. Underneath, they’ll find their beautiful floral surprise.
Ode à la Rose — The Best Choice for Chicago Flower Delivery
If you’re looking to send flowers online to Chicago, order from Ode à la Rose and expect to wow your loved one with beautiful, premium flowers arranged into the most elegant bouquets and carefully and attractively packaged. Our Parisian-inspired arrangements are truly a cut above what you’ll find from other florists, and our commitment to excellent customer service is unsurpassed. If you have questions about our services, contact us today!