CHATHAM — From music lessons to beauty products, gift ideas for your loved ones abound on the South Side.
Here are some suggestions.
It's never too early, or too late, to start playing a musical instrument. Muzicnet School of Music, 8725 S. State St., offers private lessons to musicians of all ages at its Chatham location. The lessons cover all sorts of musical instruments including piano, drums, guitar, brass and the human voice. After a $25 registration fee, private lessons for one person cost $20 a week. Group rates are lower. You can start your own Jackson Five or Partridge Family. For full information, check the website.
In just over a year Kusanya Cafe, 825 W. 69th St., has become a community gathering space and a popular spot to get a cup of really good coffee. Buy a gift card for the coffee fiend in your family. For those who don't need caffeine, the cafe also offers an array of pastries and sandwiches.
Previously a home-based business, Life Organics opened its organic and natural beauty products store in Grand Crossing, 435 E. 75th St., in March. The store sells all natural hair oil, shampoo, skin cream, body lotion, shaving cream, shower gel and body wash ($6-$30).
"You can buy pretty much anything in here," said Lawrence Calvin D'Antignac, owner of The Woodshop Art Gallery at 441 E. 75th St. The gallery specializes in African-American, Caribbean and African art. If you already have a print at home, the gallery will frame it for you at prices comparable to other frame shops across Chicago.
Got a craft beer fan in your family with a deep loyalty to the South Side? How about making them a member of the Argus Private Reserve, a club created by the Pullman-based Argus Brewery. For $35, you get an Argus polo short, an Argus glass, exclusive invites to tastings around the city and 20 percent discounts off store purchases.
Listen to all the great gift ideas in the neighborhoods here: