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Chicago Holiday Gift Guide

We've rounded up the most unique local places to do your holiday shopping in Chicago!

Penguin at the Magnificent Mile

Small business owners and artisans carry on Chicago’s history as the “city that works.” From seasonal markets to local shops, there are so many ways you can support artists and small businesses in the city. Here are our recommendations for shopping local this holiday season!

1. Shop Local Markets

There’s nothing like spending money on something that has a story to tell. So often, these stories mean you know what you’re buying, like where it’s come from and who made it.

Chicago Artisan Market

Chicago Artisan Market showcases the best of Chicago and the Midwest in food, fashion, home goods and art. This curated market celebrates the ingenuity of independent, small businesses who channel their passions into creating one-of-a-kind products.

Christkindlmarket

The Christkindlmarket Chicago is the most authentic traditional holiday market of its kind outside of Europe, offering a unique shopping experience, family-friendly events & intercultural activities.

Millennium Park Art Market

DCASE is presenting the Millennium Park Art Market to kick off the holiday shopping season — aligned with the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

2. Buy Local Art

Ardillio Anderson Abstract Piece

Chicago has a lot of art-driven areas. We’ve listed out a couple of places you can visit to find the perfect piece for your art-loving friends and family.

Arts of Life

Located in West Town, Arts of Life is a gallery and studio that provides artists with disabilities a space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. All of the art sales go directly to the artists.

Foursided

Located in Lakeview and Andersonville, Foursided is the perfect place to find gifts, art, and cards from local artists!

3. Show Your Love for Chicago’s Black-Owned Businesses

It is vital to support the black-owned companies that make Chicago so unique. Black-owned businesses strengthen local economies, create job opportunities, close the racial wealth gap, and celebrate diverse cultures. 

Global Attic Home Decor

Started by Chicago native, Kabria Cummings, Global Attic sells one-of-a-kind “tribal luxe” decor sourced from around the world. In addition, this company pays artisans a fair wage and makes donations to several charitable campaigns and organizations throughout the year.

Bettye O Day Spa

In 1978 Bettye Odom introduced the concept of total skincare to the Chicago African American community after her return from studying in Paris, France. Today, Bettye O., Inc. is the premier and most imitated Day Spa in Chicago. 

Jojayden – Custom Suits and Shoes

Jojayden gives as many customizations as possible for both men’s suits and shoes, taking your custom fit from good to incredible. Each suit and shoe is created by an artisan that will create a truly remarkable and unique item that will turn heads.

KAIKE Skin Care

Founded in 2015 by Keli Smith, KAIKE, is a fun, plant-based skincare brand with a belief in celebrating our skin. Being a Chicago-based online store can provide the convenience of supporting a Chicago brand to your friends and family all over the United States.

For even more shopping ideas, check out a more extensive list on Black Owned Chicago.

4. Give the Gift of Food

Lure Fishbar platesIf you’re looking for a gift for a Chicago native, give the gift of food! COVID-19 significantly impacted local restaurants and bars, and buying a gift card is a great way to support those businesses. Of course, you can stop by one of these restaurants for a bite for yourself as well!

Lure Fishbar

Located within 21c Chicago, Lure Fishbar is a seafood restaurant offering not only the freshest fish selections from around the world, but also a complete raw bar with rotating oyster selection, and a world-class sushi program.

Chicago Diner

The Chicago Diner is the perfect place to go to eat comfort food, but without the meat. Along with its food, it serves vintage vibes and a welcoming atmosphere!

Goddess and the Baker / Goddess and the Grocer

Inspired by worldly travels, Goddess and the Grocer and Goddess and the Baker provide a great mix of flavors and food for any food palette!

Girl & The Goat

As one of the first restaurants on Chicago’s famed Restaurant Row in the West Loop, Stephanie Izard’s Girl The Goat began in 2010 with a goal of serving bold, global flavors to our local community

5. 21c Gift Cards

Nothing is better than an unforgettable Chicago experience at 21c Museum Hotel. Gift cards are available in any denomination. Cutting-edge contemporary art, accessible luxury, and unmatched hospitality – it’s a gift that’s sure to please. To purchase, email us at GiftCards@21cChicago.com.

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