LOGAN SQUARE — Local businesses in the neighborhood are prepared to supply a plethora of unique gifts for your friends and family this holiday season.
From vintage clothing to hand-printed cards, Block Club rounded up a few places in the area to shop for everyone on your list.
Here’s what you can buy:
Lost Girls Vintage, 2710 N. Sawyer Ave. Website.
For your most stylish friend, Lost Girls Vintage offers a wide variety of colorful, vintage clothing. From unique dresses to classic trousers and statement jackets, there’s a standout piece waiting for each of your loved ones.
In addition to clothes, Lost Girls Vintage offers timeless home decor, accessories, handcrafted jewelry and quirky ceramics, like this upside-down possum mug ($50).
The shop is open noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The shop has no phone number, so customers should email.
Steel Petal Press, 2321 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.
Since 2008, Steel Petal Press has offered handmade greeting cards, prints, candles, soaps and other unique gifts. The shop’s studio has two printing presses and a ’50s paper cutter, affectionately known as “Jaws,” that employees use to create hundreds of unique cards.
You can find a wide range of Chicago-themed cards, like this “Season’s Greetings from Logan Square” card ($6), to send to your out-of-state friends and family members. Pair a unique card with some in-house stationery, like this Chicago Bean sticker ($4) or this Get Shit Done listpad ($10).
Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 773-234-7758.
Consignment Lounge, 3520 W. Diversey Ave. Instagram
Thirsty thrifters will want to stop by Consignment Lounge, a vintage shop inside a neighborhood bar that specializes in books, trinkets, wall art, games, tapes, clocks, clothes, radios, and much more. The shop is a constantly rotating curation of fun, one-of-a-kind items sourced from estate sales and auctions across Chicago and the suburbs.
While you’re likely to find something you love here, Consignment Lounge is first and foremost a neighborhood bar and community gathering place. Meet up with your friends, hangout, have a delicious beverage, and maybe also find on the perfect holiday gift hanging on the walls of the bar.
Closed Mondays. Open 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, noon-2 a.m. Saturdays and noon-midnight Sundays. 773-38-HOARD.
ArtSpace Chicago Art Gallery & Art School, 3418 W. Armitage Ave. Website.
Give the gift of creativity by signing someone up for a private art lesson, couple’s class or paint party. ArtSpace Chicago offers individual art classes for people of all ages and skill levels within its studio ($75) as well as offsite paint gatherings in people’s homes or offices ($35).
Instructors can also guide couples through creating masterpieces based on their favorite artists’ work ($75).
Classes can be booked on ArtSpace Chicago’s website. Hours are noon-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. 773-562-9760.
Good Neighbor, 2319 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.
What’s a more personalized gift than one that says, “I know your exact style”? Good Neighbor in Logan Square is a locally owned menswear and women’s boutique carrying an assortment of independent and hard-to-find clothing — perfect for a unique touch to any wardrobe.
These items are for shoppers who are tired of brands with no roots. At Good Neighbor, you can connect with brands that have a purpose and offer quality, effortless styles. For the holidays, consider these two timeless gifts: Men’s sweatshirts start at $55 and you can find plenty of gorgeous gold jewelry for under $100.
Open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Horror House, 2911 W. Belmont Ave. Website.
Among numerous horror-themed shops in Avondale, The Horror House offers spooky collectibles and horror movie memorabilia.
Within The Horror House, you’ll find t-shirts and action figures featuring well-known villains, like Jigsaw from the Saw movies ($24.99) or Leatherface from Texas Chain Saw Massacre ($41.99). There are also mystery items, like a randomly chosen Goosebump book ($5) or a mystery shirt ($10).
Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. The shop is closed Mondays. 773-942-6755.
Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles, 2845 N. Milwaukee Ave. Website.
Bric-a-Brac Records is filled to the brim with “all the necessities no one really needs,” like vinyl records, VHS tapes, vintage movie posters, toys and much more.
Some possible gifts include a 1975 Barbie Townhouse ($130) or the Nightmare Before Christmas movie soundtrack vinyl ($35).
After shopping at Bric-a-Brac, stop by The Brewed, a horror-themed coffee shop the owners opened last year in conjunction with the record and collectible store. In addition to drinks and snacks, the coffee shop sells spooky T-shirts.
Open noon-7 p.m. daily. 773-654-3915.
When you want the right style and the right aura, Mojo Owl is the place to shop. Featuring an array of handmade gemstone jewelry made with positive vibes, Mojo Owl is focused on creating unique works of art that can be worn as talismans. And with a 20+ year background in healing, the owner certainly knows how to create something that not only looks beautiful but makes the wearer feel good.
Great gift ideas include a gorgeous gemstone wolf head on a Cuban chain for $69, or raw amethyst stud earrings for $35. It is the season for glittering and sparkling, after all.
One gift that’s always in: Housewares. So why not get them at an affordable price from a local business that’s been in Chicago for nearly 50 years? At tag Outlet, you can get a wide range of gifts for the home — from mugs and rugs to tableware and candles.
A fabulous set of dishtowels ($7.99) is a go-to item for gift givers here, and for the warm beverage drinker in your life, a mugs (starting at $3.99) from the shop’s extensive collection is a surefire way to impress. Just add a packet of hot chocolate and voilà!
In support of Common Pantry over this holiday season, the store is hosting a Shop-to-Benefit event from December 4th-9th. During this week, 25 percent of all net merchandise sales will be donated to Common Pantry.
Open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Parking available from the alley off Sacramento. 773-871-4331.
Space Oddities. Website.
This art gallery and bookshop’s physical space in Humboldt Park closed in August 2022, but the small business moved online and continues to provide otherworldly books, handmade jewelry, curated prints and magical items.
Check out the shop’s vintage ice cream and teacup spell candles ($30). None of the soy wax candles are exactly alike, as each is hand-poured into a vintage vessel and topped with dried flowers and herbs.
The shop also offers a variety of planetary essential oils for meditations ($8), nature-themed spiral-bound notebooks ($18) and cruelty-free skull pendants ($48).
The Succulent City and Bendición Dry Bar, 2540 W. Division St. Website.
The Succulent City and Bendición Dry Bar share a storefront filled to the brim with greenery, non-alcoholic drinks and local art.
You can grab a 4-inch monkeytail cactus ($20) or an 7-inch hanging pothos golden plant ($32), as well as Otto’s CBD cider ($11) and Lyre’s non-alcoholic wine ($22).
Plants and pots can be ordered online.
A full list of the non-alcoholic brands offered at Bendición Dry Bar can be found online.
Hours are 1-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
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