Ask almost anyone where to go shopping when you visit Chicago and you’ll likely be directed to the Magnificent Mile which does offer some great shopping if you’re in the market for national and international brands. However, if you want to get into the heart of Chicago’s retail scene, venture into Chicago’s neighborhoods where you’ll find loads of handmade and local finds that will make anyone on your Christmas shopping list thrilled to receive.
In the downtown area, head to the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Shop on Michigan Avenue where it will be easy to satisfy the architecture and design buffs on your list. Just a few blocks west of the Mag Mile is P.O.S.H. best known for its vintage and hotel silverware finds.
Heading north of downtown is fair trade shop Greenheart which features beautifully displayed handmade gifts from around the world. Not far from the Loop is Abbey Brown Soap Artisan with decadent bath and both products handmade on the premises.
If you have access to a car or don’t mind a 30-40 minute train ride north, check out Hazel in Ravenswood.
A little more off-the-beaten path yet totally worth the visit is REP CHI, a darling gift shop on the city's northwest side that features unique Chicago handmade gifts from price points as low as $5.
With so many great independent stores offering local and handmade items, it’s easy to find something special and unique for everyone on your Christmas list in Chicago.
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