A roundup of the best gifts by Chicago based companies and shops!
Shop my Lincoln Square sweatshirt – and use code CYBER for 20% off!
Chicago Gift Guide
It’s no secret that I have a lot of Chicago pride, so it makes me SO happy whenever you guys get excited about purchasing gifts from my Chicago gift guide that includes local shops and Chicago-based businesses!
Obviously this barely scratches the surface when it comes to all of the amazing shops you can visit if you live in the Chicago-land area, but it’s a start! Also, while a lot of these brands are local, a lot of them ship nationwide. So even if the person you’re shopping for isn’t local, you can still get them something really awesome while supporting a business here!
Chicago Gifts from Chicago Based Companies!
Starting with a shameless plug – my shop, Lake Shore Merch! I started this little venture earlier this year and it’s been so fun to figure out along the way. A few favorites ahve been The Shop Around The Corner and this SPORTS sweatshirt, but I just launched my Chicago Neighborhood collection this week!
We are obviously wearing the Lincoln Square one but there are 9 others to choose from. And you can use code CYBER for 20% off right now – my biggest discount yet!!
If you are looking to splurge on a piece of jewelry this holiday season, everything that Dana Rebecca Designs makes is GORGEOUS. I own this necklace and I wear it all the time – it’s so classic and timeless!
Let’s start with my FAVORITE, Alice & Wonder! I first met the owner, Ali, back when she only had a small online boutique – we shot photos of new arrivals on the streets of the West Loop and instantly hit it off. Now she has the cutest brick & mortar store, a beautiful online shop that ships nationally, and top notch social media content.
Everything she carries is adorable AND she now has a Mini Wonder store with the cutest collection of gifts for the babies and toddlers in your life!
If you’ve been following me a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about Equilibria. They’re a great CBD company based right here in Chicago – and they’re having a HUGE sale right now!
Do any of you follow @seeannnajane? You should because she’s a delight – but also One/Third is her jacket company, another favorite in my Chicago gift guide!! Surprising no one, every drop is just as chic as she is. I have Jacket 16 (seen on me above) and I love how classic it is.
If you are looking for local brands that are also sustainable and ethical – meet Abby Alley! Abby creates the most beautiful bags and jewelry with artisans in East Africa. I first fell in love with her work when I got this handbag, but her sling bags are absolutely beautiful too. She also has gorgeous jewelry, too!
A few more Chicago based companies with great gifts!
Monica & Andy is a Chicago-based conscious clothing company that uses the softest and most trustworthy fabrics to create the best baby clothes. I’ve purchased variations of their hospital cuddle boxes as gifts so many times and it’s always a winner. They also have some cute stuff for toddlers, kids, and even Moms – as well as a pretty great sale section right now, too!
Looking for a gift for a skincare junkie? Advanced Clinicals is a Chicago-based company with incredible prices… in other words, you can really spoil them! My favorite products are the Tea Tree Oil, Cracked Heel Cream, and Hemp Seed Oil Cream.
Jayson Home is what interior design dreams are made of. While they have a lot of really gorgeous furniture that would be a little too pricey for holiday gifts, they also have a ton of home decor items for a lot of people on your list!
Whenever people ask me what to get for someone who is hard to buy gifts for, I always suggest a Foxtrot box if they are local – but now they have a curated selection that they can SHIP anywhere in the US!!! For example, their Chicago Foodie Box has Carol’s cookies, Monteverde’s pasta, Bang Bang Pie’s biscuit mix, Garrett’s popcorn, and more. Definitely sending this to some Aunts and Uncles on my list!
Lost Girls Vintage is an extremely popular vintage shop here in Chicago with locations in both West Town and Logan Square. They also have an online shop that ships to anywhere in North America.
If you’ve been looking for some local artists, my friend Tegan has the most beautiful Chicago prints!! She’s SO talented!
There are a million companies making warm knit hats, but Surhilo is particularly special. It was founded by a couple (the girl grew up in my hometown!) who met in South America. During one of their trips in the region, they joined a co-op of women artisans in Peru. Since coming back to Chicago, Eileen designs all of Surhilo’s products, and the talented ladies in Peru bring them to life, by hand. By doing it this way, they are promoting the use of organic, sustainable materials, while also supporting female artisans in South America. So cool, right?
Merz Apothocary is another Lincoln Square gem. In fact, it’s been family owned and operated since it was opened by pharmacist Peter Merz in 1875. If you aren’t local to Chicago, you can also shop their products online at smallflower.com.
Christie has been an incredibly supportive follower of mine for years, and her city art prints are INCREDIBLE. I obviously LOVE the Chicago print, but she also has them for Madison, Denver, Boston, San Diego, and more!
Semicolon is exactly the kind of bookstore all of us want to support. It is the ONLY Black female owned bookstore in Chicago, and within their first year in business, they gave over $175,000 in books and direct donations to CPS students. They even evolved their #ClearTheShelves initiative into a nonprofit called Paran(t)hesis. If you aren’t in Chicago, you can still shop their books online here.
These slow made renewable, vegan coconut wax candles are made in small batches right in Logan Square. I found out about them thanks to a reader, and all of their scents sound incredible!
Their delivery zone actually includes a bigger portion of the midwest now, so you don’t have to be IN Chicago to order a bouquet for your loved ones this holiday season! Flowers For Dreams is really special because along with creating beautiful arrangements, they also donate 25% of their net profits to local charities. So awesome.
Scratch Goods is a homemade skincare company based in Chicago. All of their products use food-grade ingredients that are safe enough to eat, fragrance from pure essential oils only, and zero water, which eliminates the need for synthetic preservatives. In addition to their mask bar and shop, they also have an online shop where you can reserve items for pickup. Unfortunately they do not ship.
This culinary guide has BOGO offers for carry out and dine-in (when we can do that again!) for more than 75 restaurants in the city, including Le Colonial, Firecakes Donuts, Formento’s, The Bristol, and more. You can see more of the participants here!!
Gift Cards to Restaurants
If none of these appeal to you, you can also just get a gift card to their favorite restaurant!
Are you going to buy any of these gifts in my Chicago based gift guide including artists, companies, and shops?
Let us know which ones in the comments!
PS. Don’t forget to check out my other gift guides, too!