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The Ultimate Guide To Shopping Local In Chicago This Holiday Season

Want to keep local businesses alive? Here's where to start.

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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 newsroom@blockclubchi.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.

Auburn Gresham, Chatham And Englewood Gift Guide

Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park Gift Guide

The entrance to Out of the Past Records.

Avondale, Logan Square & Humboldt Park Gift Guide

Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood Gift Guide

Hyde Park, Woodlawn & South Shore Gift Guide

The Silver Room

Jefferson Park, Portage Park Gift Guide

Lakeview & Lincoln Park Gift Guide

Foursided (left) and Art Effect are packed with gifts for everyone on your list.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Albany Park & Ravenswood

Products at Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square

Pilsen & Little Village Gift Guide

From artisanal imported goods from Mexico to a skateboard shop to minimalist jewelry, shops throughout commercial corridors in Pilsen and Little Village offer an assortment of possibilities for holiday shoppers.

Uptown, Edgewater & Rogers Park Gift Guide

Raygun has plenty of on-trend gifts, including Chicago flag masks ($15) and holiday dumpster fire t-shirts ($23).

West Loop Gift Guide

Wicker Park, Bucktown & West Town Gift Guide

Midway, Gage Park, Back of the Yards Area Gift Guide

Shop Black-Owned Businesses Guide

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