Garretts Popcorn is a Chicago staple, with more shops located in the Chicagoland area than anywhere else in the world! Not only can you shop here for your own private popcorn stash, but it makes the perfect gift for all your foodie friends! These tins of utter deliciousness will be sure to make a huge splash at your next festivity. In addition to the many flavors to choose to from, they also offer various sized tins. Don’t forget to customize your tines either to really make it your own! You can choose from their classic blue look or go for a more festive winter edition! #ChicagoInsidersTip: Check out their new Hot Cocoas CaramelCrisp Mix, not only is it to die for, but it’s also the best addition to any party or a great add-on to a warm night in with a cup of hot chocolate
Whether you want to shop around for some kitchen essentials, grab a coffee or sit down for an authentic Italian meal, Eataly is the place to go! With dozens of restaurants, bars, cafes and counter tops to sit at it can be hard to stay focused on shopping instead of eating. Don’t worry though, because everything that you buy at any restaurant or cafe in Eataly can be purchased at the store as well, giving to-go food a completely new definition. Not only can you buy your loved ones kitchen essentials and beautiful gourmet recipes but you can also give the gift of experience. At the new Baita restaurant you can learn how to cook their famous gnocchi or make outstanding seasonal cocktails – the perfect gift for any family or friend. Plus it’s a great bonus since you can enjoy the results of their classes right at home!
The Spice House
Not only can you find the freshest hand ground spices for your meals at The Spice House, but you can also look for new recipes to use your spices in. This is not only the perfect gift for a foodie, but anyone looking to try something new in their meals. Every season that you’ll find here will be freshly ground in house and ready to sell – no artificial flavorings at all! With over 100 different spices from A-Z you’ll be sure to find almost anything your looking for. They also provide recipes to use multiple different spices in, and don’t forget to share your meal online so others can try it as well.
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream is the perfect premium ice cream to add to your next festivity. Cold outside or not, you won’t be able to resist this gourmet treat! Not only do they provide over 110 flavors to choose from, but they’ll also give you a free training session. Here they’ll teach you how to most efficiently serve and care for the ice cream so that it’ll keep it’s smooth and creamy texture. They also provide non-dairy, soy and many other health restrictions for their ice cream as well for those who might not be able to have the original- making sure everyone can indulge in this tasty dessert! Winter or summer this is the perfect treat to yourself after a long day, and the best ice cream you’ll ever have.
Dark Matter Coffee
This is not your average coffee shop, with dozens of coffee flavors and even a monthly blend this is the perfect stop for all coffee lovers. Plus all their blends can be traced back tot the farms they were bought from to ensure that everything is safe and healthy. The shop has created lasting relationships with their farmers to ensure that the quality of their blends is top notch. You can also sign up or buy your friend their monthly subscription to receive their monthly blend in the mail for three, six or twelve months. They also sell different cups, pins, hats, patches, drinking ware and shirts to support various artists work. Missed your chance to buy a bag from the Dark Matter Coffee itself? No worries, if you check out their website you can also see which local stores closest to you also sell their coffee blends!