Written by Dustin Ford
If you are just passing through Chicago, let us be the first to say ‘Welcome!’ We hope that you will remember Chicago fondly through a memento of your own. If you haven’t found a keepsake yet, check out these souvenir shops recommended by local Concierges.
Bye Bye Chicago
Marcus Hollis, Omni Chicago Hotel
As one of the most accessible souvenir shops around the city, this place is great for picking up any last-minute memorabilia. These storefronts have all the classics: snow globes, coffee mugs, magnets, Chicago flags, and even replica statues of famous Chicago landmarks!
Oh Yes Chicago
Susan Alexander, Fashion Outlets of Chicago
You can’t spend a day at Navy Pier without fun and shopping; you’ll find this swanky shop here. Bring back something for yourself or check out all the Chicago dog swag, like clothing, collars, and carriers.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Rebecca Starodub, Ritz-Carlton Chicago
This museum has a store that is jam-packed with artistic keepsakes and stylish fashion. You can find skateboards with artist’s renditions on them, crazy office gadgets and placeholders, artist inspired clothing, and so much more.
Douglas Pickett, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
This store has the classic souvenirs you would expect, but it specializes in beautiful prints, pictures, and framed gifts. They are also excellent at making custom frames for any dream project that you’ve been working on.
Joyce Fong, Chicago Athletic Association
If you are a doodad enthusiast or a seasoned whatchamacallit collector, then this is the place for you. Find merchandise for all your favorite Chicago teams and gangsters here, or pick up all the essential toppings to make the perfect Chicago hot dog!
Testimony from Susan Strange, Concierge, Fairmont Chicago
“I like the block on Michigan between Wacker and Southwater. Bye Bye Chicago, I Love Chicago and Chicago Sports & Novelty are just steps from each other and as a bonus the Blackhawks store is across the street.”