Illinois Unwrapped: Unique Gifts, Decor, and Delights 


Since its inception in 2016, the Illinois Made program has been an extraordinary source of inspiration for residents and visitors alike. This initiative encourages individuals to explore the artisans, products, and authentic experiences cultivated by remarkable businesses located across our diverse state. With a growing roster of over 200 makers, this program consistently attracts visitors to every corner of Illinois, making it a year-round adventure.

At the heart of the Illinois Made program lies a celebration of local businesses whose creativity and distinctly Illinoisan essence infuse every handcrafted item. Here’s a closer look at some of these exceptional businesses that define the true essence of our state:


As a longstanding hub of manufacturing, Chicago continues to honor its centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship. From delectable treats to chic home decor, the city’s artisans are keeping this legacy alive.

  • Edgewater Candles
  • Scratch Goods
  • Swoon Living
  • Dearborn Denim

Beyond Chicago 

Beyond the city’s bustling limits, Chicago’s suburbs and Northern Illinois communities thrive with artisans creating delightful goods, ranging from baked treats to bespoke creations.

  • Pickard China in Antioch
  • Magic Meadows Alpacas in Wonder Lake 
  • Fire Dept. Coffee in Rockford
  • Starved Rock Hot Glass in Ottawa

Great Rivers Country

Along the enchanting riverside towns of this region, talented makers craft exquisite pottery, handmade heirlooms, and charming trinkets that capture the essence of the Midwest. 

  • BLACK BAND Distillery in Peoria 
  • Galena Spoon Co. in Galena
  • Water Sweets Soap Company in Edwardsville 

Land of Lincoln

Deep within the heart of Illinois, where prairies stretch as far as the eye can see, local artisans pour their passion into fire-blown glass, small-batch snacks, and many more handcrafted goods. 

  • CBPB Popcorn in Champaign
  • Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville
  • Prairie Fire Glass in Monticello

Trails to Adventure

Southern Illinois, with its captivating landscapes, mirrors the adventurous spirit of its makers. Here, you’ll find standout foods, drinks, and unique creations that showcase the region’s charm.

  • C’s Bees in Anna
  • Dinger Bats in Ridgway
  • Pomona Winery in Pomona

The holiday season is the perfect time to embark on this special expedition. Discover one-of-a-kind home decor, sweet treats, and timeless treasures, all lovingly handcrafted by Illinois’ own artisans. As you celebrate the holidays, let these unique creations be a testament to the creativity and ingenuity that defines our great state.

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