CHICAGO — It’s no secret small businesses are struggling. People are out of work and unable to shop, and even those who still have jobs may not feel comfortable heading into a neighborhood store.
That’s why we thought it was extra important to highlight some of the local shops that make our city special. Our reporters reached out to dozens of small business owners across the city to see how they are holding up and get gift recommendations. Many are offering delivery, curbside pickup and even private shopping to keep you safe — and all offer uniquely Chicago items or experiences your loved ones will cherish.
We know this guide is not comprehensive, but we’re a small team. If you want your local shop to be featured, please fill out the Google form at the bottom of this page. We’ll gladly add it to our list.
If you have a local gift guide for your neighborhood, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us here.
We are also well aware the holidays will be extra difficult for thousands of Chicagoans this year, so we rounded up 20 mutual aid efforts happening now. If you’re able to volunteer or donate, more help is needed. If you are in need, click here for more information.
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