CHICAGO — The city’s small businesses are full of gifts for your friends, families and coworkers, no matter what you need.
Block Club’s reporters are highlighting more than 130 small businesses across the city in this year’s installment. They have toys, clothes, jewelry, art, books, candles and more — and some even offer tours, lessons and other experiences.
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Chicago historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas gives a group of high school students a tour of Bronzeville on Feb. 23, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Honey harvested at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Credit: Provided
Inside Lost Girls & Luvsick Home at 2708 N. Sawyer Ave. Credit: Provided/Morgan Scofes
Located inside of an old church at 103rd and Western and loaded with a wide array of quirky giftables, Haven 1890 is a the kind of shop you’ll need several hours to peruse. Credit: Crystal Paul/Block Club Chicago
Vital Chinatown has one wall dedicated to streetwear apparel and another to rare and luxury sneakers. Credit: Mack Liederman/Block Club Chicago
In need of a gift idea? Check out these small businesses in Bronzeville and South Loop. Credit: Provided.
Check out these local businesses for holiday shopping in the West Loop and Downtown Credit: Social Media
Customers pose at Powell’s Books Chicago during the bookstore’s “Midnight Madness” half-off sale earlier this year. Credit: Facebook / Powell's Books Chicago
The Chicago hat for toddlers ($24), “Where’s the Snowman?” ($9.99) and the organic two-way zipper footie ($36) are all available at Mini Wonder. Credit: Provided/Mini Wonder
Products at Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square Credit: Facebook
Credit: Madison Savedra/Block Club Chicago
REP CHI, 4425 N. Milwaukee Ave., has everything you need to celebrate your Chicago love while supporting local artists and new sweaters, as seen Oct. 30, 2023. Credit: Ariel Parrella-Aureli/Block Club Chicago
Pullman resident Angela Turner was inspired to create her jewelry and reversible bags by the crafting she did as a teenager and a career working with ancient jewelry at the Field Museum. Credit: Provided
Woolly Mammoth is as much a museum of curiosities as it is a gift shop. Credit: Joe Ward/Block Club Chicago
Boots for sale at Alcala’s Western Wear, 1733 W. Chicago Ave., in West Town on Sept. 29, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Erica Avant, Ismael Vargas, Tanka Bradford, Casey Holtschneider and Carl Wiley pose for a portrait at LYTE Lounge, 549 E. 76th St. in Greater Grand Crossing on July 6, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Block Club Chicago reporter Madison Savedra is greeted by a puppy at PAWS Chicago Medical Center in Little Village on Feb. 6, 2023. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
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