Great Places to Buy Gifts Traveling to Chicago

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The holiday season is upon us! That means family time, cozy nights by the fire, baked goods…and scrambling to buy presents! But here’s an idea for you -save some time by grouping your holiday travel and holiday shopping!

If you’re traveling to Chicago this holiday season, we’ve compiled a few local stores you absolutely must check out for your holiday gift needs. You’ll get to explore a new place, avoid the online shopping shipping wait, and best yet -by shopping small you’ll be supporting the local economy and small business owners!

Milk Handmade

You can find ethically and sustainably produced clothing and accessories from independent designers at Milk Handmade. The store also sells clothing from its own private line, which is locally sourced and made of sustainable fabrics using natural dyes. The shop is owned and operated by Chicago-native Hallie Borden, whose passion is supporting local artists and businesses. Be sure to stop by the shop’s sofa and say hi to Sauvie, Borden’s rescued greyhound.

Local Goods Chicago

You could easily complete all of your holiday shopping at Local Goods Chicago. There’s a huge variety to choose from, including face masks, soap, candles, stickers, magnets, books, pet items, jewelry, and purses, to name just a few. Many of the products sold here have a Chicago theme to them, and all of them are locally-made. The shop has extra safety measures in place due to the pandemic and is offering curbside pickup or you can schedule a semi-private shopping session for yourself to ensure social distancing.


With their selection of gifts “aimed at the Modern Midwesterner,” you’re bound to find something at Neighborly for that Chicagoan on your shopping list. Neighborly stocks a range of home goods, gifts, and artwork that are sourced either locally, from eco-friendly producers, or from independent artisans with ethical manufacturing processes. You can visit the shop at one of its two locations on West Division Street or Lincoln Avenue.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Of course, if your hectic holiday has you rushing straight from the plane to a family gathering, you won’t have time to browse through the boutiques in downtown Chicago. Don’t worry, the Chicago O’Hare Airport has you covered! This massive airport has a ton of options, and while many are currently shut down due to COVID-19, you can still find some great gifts at the stores that remain open.

·        A purchase from The Field Museum shop in Terminal 1, “fuels the work of over 150 scientists.” Shopping here is a great option for gifts for kids and adults alike as they have an extensive range of anthropology, culture, and educational-themed toys, books, jewelry, and more.

·        With locations in Terminals 1 and 2, Hoypoloi An Uncommon Gallery has eclectic art and gifts, including art from local Chicago artists.

·        Dufry in Terminal 5 has a selection of accessories and gifts.

·        For some sweet treats to stuff into stockings, visit woman-owned Vosges Haut-Chocolat in Terminals 1 and 3 and pick up some gourmet truffles.

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