What to Gift Dad This Father's Day

By Michigan Avenue | June 10, 2019 | Lifestyle

Scrambling for Father’s Day gift ideas? Below, a Michigan Avenue-curated list of gifts sure to please dad (and not a novelty coffee mug in sight).

For the sartorialist

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Photo courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

Inject some jet-setting panache into dad's luggage rotation with the Tiffany Travel flight bag, a durable-and-dashing cotton canvas option accoutred with handsome black grain leather and sleek metal hardware. Business trips just got a whole lot cooler. $1,800, 730 N. Michigan Ave., 312.944.7500

For the cologne enthusiast

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New season, new scent. With striking top notes ranging from wild fennel to Albanian juniper berries, heart notes including Egyptian jasmine templar and base notes like Turkish tobacco and Venezuelan Tonka beans, switch up dad's fragrance game with John Varvatos' Vintage entry. Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., 312.464.1515

For the brunch-goer

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Photo courtesy of DineAmic

Nothing says Father’s Day quite like a toothsome steakhouse brunch. Loop favorite Prime & Provisions indulges with a seafood buffet, crave-worthy carving stations and $22 Aberlour whisky flights. Bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and beermosas are also on the billing. Bottomless brunch $85/person, standard brunch $65/person, children (ages 7-12) $25; 222 N. LaSalle St., 312.726.7777

For the hyper-local supporter

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Photo courtesy of Indie.Pendant/West Lake Market

Attention, last-minute shoppers: relief awaits in the West Loop. On Sat., June 15, browse wares from Chicago brands at the latest edition of the West Lake Market, where stogies from Cigar Oasis, spices from Till’s Tastes, accessories from Indie.Pendant and other Windy City finds are bound to delight. 11AM-4PM, 1758 W. Lake St.

For the style-setter

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Sometimes, the best menswear accessory is a reinvigorated mug. Through Father’s Day, shop items from Oars + Alps at the skincare brand’s pop-up at The Tie Bar, where anti-aging face moisturizers, eye creams and more pair perfectly with some seriously sharp neckwear. 126 W. Monroe St., 312.224.8330, South Loop; 918 W. Armitage Ave., 312.241.1299, Lincoln Park

For the mixology lover

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Here’s a tipple that rocks—no, really. During its finishing process in the cask, Blackened Whiskey from Metallica undergoes “Black Noise,” a “sonic-enhancement system” that hammers the spirit with the band's high-energy tunes, causing it to cull more flavor from the barrel as the music's sound waves heighten the whiskey's relation to it. Available at Binny’s (multiple locations)

For the gourmand

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Photo by Steven E. Gross/courtesy of Ribfest

Give dad a reprieve from the grill with tickets to the 21st annual Ribfest. Boasting tantalizing barbecue from nearly 30 spots, including Chicago Q, Famous Dave’s and other pit authorities, it’s all of the decadence with none of the labor. June 14 (5PM-10PM), June 15-16 (12PM-10PM), suggested $10 donation, $20/family; Lincoln Ave. between Irving Park Road & Berteau Ave.



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