Essential Chicago Souvenirs

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The Art Institute of Chicago Umbrella

The Art Institute of Chicago has many gifts inspired by its most famous paintings, but none quite as apt as the umbrella based on Gustave Caillebotte’s Rainy Day. It measures 36″ across when open and closes to 11″ x 2″ to fit neatly into a purse or backpack. The umbrella comes with its own storage sleeve. 

Cloud Gate Keychain 

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean.” Great Chicago Gifts has a keychain that features the Bean to serve as a reminder of your Windy City adventures.

Chicago Neighborhood Tote Bag

Transit Tees is a Chicago-themed gift shop with locations in Wicker Park and Andersonville. Their 100% canvas cotton tote bag displays the 240 neighborhoods, parks, airports, and forest preserves that comprise Chicago in a neon style. The map is split in half between the two sides of the bag. It measures 18″ x 14′ x 3.5 and is available in natural/red or black/teal.

Chicago Flag Baseball Cap

Visitors of Chicago can find its iconic flag- with four red stars, three white stripes and two light blue stripes -on all sorts of merchandise throughout the city, including ‘47’s baseball cap. It is made of garment-washed cotton twill and a raised embroidered logo. Strapped by a relaxed fit, curved bill and adjustable fabric strap for comfort.

Chicago Map Water Bottle

Chicago’s street grid is engraved onto a water bottle available from the Chicago History Museum. The stainless steel bottle holds 17 oz. of your favorite beverage and is insulated to ensure that it stays hot or cold for hours.

Vienna Beef Apron

Loaded with condiments, the “dragged through the garden” hot dog is a staple of Chicago cuisine. With grilling season around the corner, an apron with the logo of Vienna Beef- Chicago’s famous frankfurter manufacturer -will keep your clothes clean while proclaiming your love for the Windy City. Just remember to hold the ketchup.

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