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The Ultimate Guide To Shopping Local In Chicago For The Holidays In 2022

Block Club's reporters reached out to more than 160 small businesses across the city to highlight their work — and encourage shoppers to stop by.

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CHICAGO — Many small businesses are struggling, and they are relying on your support to stick around.

That’s why Block Club’s reporters reached out to more than 160 small businesses across the city to highlight their work — and encourage shoppers to stop by. We’ve also featured more than 40 nonprofits and more than 20 local holiday markets for you to support.

Keep scrolling to see every neighborhood guide we created, or check out the offerings on this map.

We know this guide is not comprehensive, but we’re a small team. To request your local shop be featured, please fill out the form here. We’ll use your suggestions to create a reader-curated gift guide.

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 more than 40 mutual aid efforts and nonprofits helping people now. If you’re able to volunteer or donate, more help is needed. If you are in need, click here for more information.

And if you’re feeling extra generous, please consider supporting our nonprofit newsroom. Here’s a guide to how you can help Block Club — including ways you can help for free!

Check out the guides:

Gift A Chicago Experience

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Part of the Chicago skyline in the Loop, as seen from the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck in the Streeterville neighborhood on Feb. 5, 2021.

Auburn Gresham, Chatham And Englewood

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Nanette Tucker poses for a photo among her fashion in her store, Marie | Wesley, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for E.G. Woode, 1122 W. 63rd St., in Englewood on Aug. 25, 2022.

Austin, North Lawndale And Garfield Park

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Homemade Black Walnut ice cream by Ida’s Artisan Ice Cream & Treats and in-house roasted coffee from Tasa Coffee Roasters are some of the gifts from West Side makers you can get for your loved ones this holiday season.

Avondale, Logan Square And Humboldt Park

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The new Bric-A-Brac Records in Avondale.

Beverly, Morgan Park And Mount Greenwood

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Haven 1890 from Shops On 103rd.

Bridgeport, Chinatown And McKinley Park

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Prints and other art are available online and in-house at Marz Brewing Company.

Bronzeville, South Loop And Washington Park

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The Biscoff cheesecake from Decadent Dessert Bar & Bistro and the “Black Like Baldwin” ceramic planter from Black Plant Lovers are just some gift options to support Near South Side businesses.

Downtown And West Loop

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Check out these local businesses for Christmas shopping in the West Loop and Downtown.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore And South Chicago

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One of the reading nooks at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Lakeview And Lincoln Park

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Gifts from BabyDolls Boutique in Lakeview and Play in Lincoln Park.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Albany Park, Irving Park And Ravenswood

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Pilsen, Little Village And Back Of The Yards

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After doing pop-ups for years, a Pilsen native opened Comercio Popular in Little Village to showcase Mexican-made products and designs.

Portage Park, Jefferson Park, Norwood Park And Edgebrook

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2022 gift items like candles and Northwest Side park signs are sold at the shop by haywoodmade and REP CHI.

Roseland And Pullman

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Dress shirts for sale in Edwards Fashions, 11363 S. Michigan Ave., in the Roseland community on Feb. 8, 2022.

Uptown, Edgewater And Rogers Park

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Wycke Malliway speaks to a customer at Malliway Bros. Spells, Charms, & Potions, 1407 W. Morse Ave., in Rogers Park on Sept. 2, 2021.

Wicker Park, Bucktown And West Town

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Ryan Graveface poses for a portrait at Graveface Records and Curiosities in Bucktown on July 27, 2022.

Chicago Holiday Market Guide

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People pack into Daley Plaza for the annual Christkindlmarket in 2021.

Chicago Mutual Aid Groups And Nonprofits Where You Can Give — Or Receive — Help Over The Holidays

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Volunteers at the Nourishing Hope prepare boxes of food to be given out to those in need.

How To Support Block Club This Holiday Season

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Block Club reporter Atavia Reed interviews a source.

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