MORGAN PARK — Olivia's Garden will not reopen this spring at 10730 S. Western Ave.
Bob and Geri DiCola own the seasonal garden center that sells spring flowers, vegetable plants, mums, Christmas trees and more. The couple opened the business in 1992 but now want to spend more time with family as well as volunteer and travel, said their daughter, Claire DiCola.
The family announced the closing of the garden center Wednesday night on its Facebook page.
"It was a very difficult decision to close Olivia's, but it may finally give us the opportunity to spend more time with our family," Claire DiCola said Thursday. The garden center is named for her sister.
The DiColas also own the neighboring DiCola's Seafood. Claire DiCola described the seafood market that opened in 1933 as her "family legacy" and added that it will not close.
She said the property that houses the garden center is not being sold, and there have been no decisions yet on what to do with the greenhouses on the land.
DiCola added that business was good at the garden center, but her parents' priorities have simply shifted.
The property that houses Olivia's Garden was previously Fireside Restaurant, Claire DiCola said. Her family bought the restaurant to expand the parking lot for their seafood business and added the greenhouse.
"We will miss running the greenhouse and hosting events for the neighborhood," she said.