UPTOWN AND ANDERSONVILLE — Whether you're shopping for your young bookworm or neighborhood historian, you don't have to search far to finish your holiday gift list.
We rounded up a gang of gifts found locally in Uptown and Andersonville to make the gift-giving season a whole lot easier.
Here's our guide to shopping local for the holidays:
For the Neighborhood Loyalist: Wilson Station Art
Own a piece of Uptown history by purchasing photos from the collection "Wilson Station: Behind the Scenes" by Kevin Utz and Kirsten Lefeldt. The photos capture the demolition of the tracks over Broadway and the auxiliary entrance on Wilson Avenue, cranes extended high above the neighborhood and concrete pours. Small prints are $25, medium prints are $35 and large prints are $45. All benefits from the exhibit will go toward Cornerstone Community Outreach, 4628 N. Clifton Ave. The prints are available until Jan. 2.
Take Home a Tomtar From the Swedish American Museum
What's a Winter Solstice without the bearded, vertically-challenged gift bearer from Sweden? The handmade Swedish figurines vary in size and are priced from $5-$50 at the Swedish American Museum's gift shop, 5211 N. Clark St. They're the perfect gift for the collector in the family, imported directly from Sweden. 5211 N. Clark St.
For The Daring: Circus Lessons for Kids and Adults from CircEsteem
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The Chicago youth circus has expanded its public class options, adding Sunday and adult classes, making it a 7-day-per-week operation. Class offerings include trapeze, lyra, aerial skills, tumbling and trampoline skills. Eight-week sessions are $168 and are available for 3-year-olds through adults. You can register for classes online here. 4730 N. Sheridan Road.
Cozy Up With Neighborhood-Themed Pillows
Graphic designer Julia Thiel's NeighborHauser Collection features sketches of homes from blocks in Andersonville, Lakeview and Wicker Park. Each pillow features five colors of homes arranged in a neighborhood theme. For example, the Andersonville color scheme pays homage to the neighborhood's Swedish heritage. Each pillow is $79 and can be purchased at Transistor, 5224 N. Clark St. in Andersonville.
For The Jokester: Celebrity Candles And Cubs Holiday Cards From Foursided
Foursided's celebrity candles have been one of the hottest selling items of the year, staff at the card and novelty shop say. Their collection of candles feature Chance the Rapper, Kanye West and Kim, the stars of Seinfeld, Oprah, Eleven of "Stranger Things," Amy Poehler, Drake, Bill Murray, Madonna and characters from Harry Potter. The candles retail for $16.
Foursided's Cubs "W" holiday cards, which say "the season for miracles," are also hot sellers. Packs of 6 retail for $20 and single cards retail for $4.75. Similar "W" pins are $11.25. Foursided, 5061 N. Clark St.
Get Your Glögg On At Andersonville Wine And Spirits
Get into the Holiday season with the European winter favorite, mulled wine or glögg, for the Swedes — and Swedish fans — in the neighborhood. Andersonville Wine and Spirits, is selling the beverage for $11.99. 5201 N. Clark St.
Winterize Your Pup At Jameson Loves Danger
Jameson Loves Danger has the newest gear to keep your pooch safe and warm during the cold Chicago winter. Its locally-made winter dog booties from Salt Sox, which retail for $54.99, have been a hot item this winter season, along with Canada Pooch's parkas, which retail between $45.99- $70 depending on the size. 5208 N. Clark St.
Gifts For Your Geek At Alleycat Comics
Marvel and DC Comics have had big years on the big screen and on Netflix, but books (or graphic novels) are still cool. Grab collections of your favorite geek's favorite superhero, like "Doctor Strange," at Alleycat Comics. A hardcover copy of "Doctor Strange" retails for $24.99, a special edition hardcover of "Rick and Morty" retails for $49.99 and the official "Adventure Time" cookbook retails for $29.99. 5304 N. Clark St.
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