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 gift shops at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art where it will be easy to satisfy art 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. Wolfbait & BGirls stocks the goods of more than 250 local artisans and Rotofugi has won five Designer Toy Awards for Best Store.
Chicago's markets, pop-up and permanent, hold one-of-a-kind treasures so consider Randolph Street Market, One of a Kind Holiday Show and an interactive pop up at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.
With so many name brand, designer and great independent stores offering local and handmade items, it’s easy to find something special for everyone on your Christmas list in Chicago.