NEAR WEST SIDE — In seek of unique?
Whether you're shopping one-of-a-kind gifts from Madison Street boutiques or 18th Street's eclectic vintage shops, the Near West Side is stacked with one-of-a-kind gifts.
Bonus points: Almost everything on our list is Chicago made, too.
Can't find that perfect stocking stuffer? Have no fear. Dose Market's HoliDose will bring more than 100 makers to Morgan Manufacturing in the West Loop Dec. 11 and more than 125 vendors will be at Randolph Street Market's winter market Dec. 10-11.
Did your friend throw the best holiday party ever and you'd like to thank them in style? A growler filled with Cruz Blanca's in-house brewed beers is sure to please any beer aficionado. You can pick up a 30 oz. growler for $14 or a 64 oz. growler at Rick Bayless’ new taqueria in the West Loop, 904 W. Randolph St.
Chicagoan Leo Tropeano designs these comfortable slim-fit jeans with "more room in the crotch" out of his West Loop condo. Pick up a pair of USA-made Hamm's, Kinzies or Studio Blues ($98 each) online.
[Cat & Mouse Games]
Over Cards Against Humanity? Linda Schmidt, owner of Cat & Mouse Games, recommends Spank the Yeti, a party game of "questionable decisions" ($24.99). Pick up yours pre-party from her West Loop shop, 1112 W. Madison St., or online.
When she's not spreading the word about ElevArte Community Studio's great youth programs, Pilsen resident Thelma Uranga is making a range of gifts, including these adorable dog bandanas ($8), sold online at Rowdy Corazon.
Tim Unsell and Drew Mitchell's record shop 606 Records in Pilsen is currently stocking a ton of vinyl from Mexico and thousands of other new and used records. Browse through their impressive selection of indie labels at the shop, 1808 S. Allport, or online.
[Sam Kirk/Sandra Antongiorgi]
Want to take a piece of Pilsen's amazing murals home with you? Artists Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi are selling prints of their new mural "Weaving Cultures," completed this year at 16th and Blue Island in Pilsen. Pre-order a print ($25) through Dec. 9 online.
[Publican Quality Meats]
The beloved West Loop butcher shop and restaurant is offering up gift baskets and boxes full of their favorites this year. The Publican Quality Everything package ($75) includes PQM honey, PQM milk and honey granola, Intelligentsia coffee, PQM olive oil and PQM bacon lip balm (yum) in a branded wooden crate. Browse their customizable gift baskets in-shop at 825 W. Fulton Market.
[Chicago Children's Theatre]
Celebrate the West Loop's new neighbor the Chicago Children's Theatre with a holiday pass to their upcoming shows. The pass ($75) includes four tickets to any 2016-17 season production, a half-off savings, and is good for shows at The Station, the children theatre's new West Loop home. Their first West Loop show, Manual Cinema's Magic City, opens Jan. 27. Purchase your pass online or call 872-222-9555.
[Norman Leigh Design]
Pilsen couple George Norman Schaefer and Leigh-Anne Riebold's handmade line of home decor and accessories, including this 36-inch reclaimed wood triangle mirror ($320), are for sale at Modern Cooperative's online shop or in store at 1215 W. 18th St in Pilsen.
[Fig Tree Chicago]
Make sure your friend's new baby is repping his Chicago roots from the start with this adorable Local Love onesie ($24) available for purchase at The Fig Tree, 1037 W. Madison St. Bonus point: You'll be supporting local mom Lidia Varesco Racoma, who screenprints the Chicago flag designs with water-based, lead-free inks in the West Loop.
Zerobird Studio's Green Line throw pillow ($45) offers a stylish upgrade to any West Looper's couch. As an alternative to shipping, last-minute shoppers can also opt to pick up their gifts in-studio at the Historic Feather Loft building, 355 N. Laflin St.
Forget a Starbucks giftcard — show your co-worker you really understand their love for caffeine with some superior local coffee. Metric Coffee Company's holiday blends (from $13.50) can be shipped online or purchased in their new coffee bar at 2021 W. Fulton on the Near West Side.
Dusek's and Tack Room are great Pilsen spots, but at Thalia Hall, the real star is the stage. Why not get your friends tickets to a show ($22-$52) at Thalia Hall? Janeane Garofalo, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and The Zombies are all set to take the stage here soon.
For the little ones in your life, the 28-page Mural on Morgan coloring book includes a historic narrative of the Near West Side and benefits a good cause. Sales from the coloring book will help maintain the Morgan mural and fund other murals in neighborhood viaducts. The coloring book can be picked up in person ($10) at the University Commons Management office, 1011 W. 14th Place, the University Lofts Management office 1524 S. Sangamon #1 and at the 18th Street Development Corporation office, 1843 S. Carpenter St. in Pilsen during daytimes hours Monday-Friday. For shipping or credit card purchases contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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