Chicago is home to some of the best and most unique shops, so what better way to check some gifts off your list than to shop around town! Here are some of the most recommended spots by the ones who have seen them all.
Diane Shugert, The Westin Chicago River North
At The Spice House in Old Town they sell several “Ethnic Chicago Neighborhoods” gift boxes, and they each have a variety of seasonings that represent the flavors of Chicago. Visiting the Spice House is special because it’s warm, welcoming, and full of wonderful gifts for the cooks and bakers in your life!
Judy Sunvold, Loyola University Chicago
Garrett Popcorn Shops is nothing short of a Chicago legend! With multiple locations throughout Chicago, they are easy to find. Check out the themed keep-sake tins to make for an even more special gift. ChicagoInsiders tip: Try the Garrett Mix – previously known as the Chicago Mix – to get your fill of delicious CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn. Yum!
Shannon Boland, LondonHouse Chicago
I love giving gifts from the award winning Art Institute of Chicago Gift Shop. They have a wonderful collection of unique pieces from their archives, and have a crafted wall full of art, jewelry, coasters, nightlights and more from some of the most famous paintings in their collection.
Marcus Hollis, Omni Hotel
You can’t come to Chicago without trying a bottle of Jeppson’s Malort. This old school Chicago staple is now owned by CH Distillery, but you can buy it at Binny’s Beverage Depot. This ia a perfect gift for the cocktail connoisseur that has everything.
Richard Augusta, Sheraton Grand Hotel
You have to stop at the gift shop at the Chicago History Museum. They feature nearly anything and everything Chicago. How about a soft sculpture Mary Todd Lincoln doll? A Cloud Gate holiday ornament for the tree? Chicago-opoly anyone? Their inventory of items bearing the Chicago flag logo is very comprehensive.This shop screams Chicago!