333 N. Oakley Blvd., Smith Park
Larkspur owner Beth Barnett had a retail space in Bucktown for many years, but business has gotten so busy that she now fills her orders from a private studio (though you can still visit on open studio nights). Her arrangements are gorgeous year-round but particularly special come summer, when she uses flowers from Larkspur's organic flower farm in Southwest Michigan. The farm specializes in peonies—be still our swiftly beating hearts—in May and other local perennials for the rest of the summer. With one to two days' notice, they can deliver flowers anywhere in Chicago proper and to almost every suburb.
2557 W. Chicago Ave., Smith Park
Collectively, twin chefs Carlo and Melvin Vizconde have spent fifteen years honing their craft at respected sushi establishments before striking out on their own. So yeah, the backstory of this BYOB twenty-two seat sushi spot is just as interesting as the innovative offering of esclar-wrapped oyster clouds, duck skewers, and all manner of sashimi. At $60, the omakase menu is a good way to sample the best of the best.
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