Gerri Brunner has always been interested in products and initiatives that keep the health of the planet in mind, and her made-in-Chicago candle line, Nicolet, is no exception. Available in more than 30 delicious scents, from olive blossom to mango papaya to the unique dragon’s blood, the soy wax candles are eco-friendly all the way down to their packaging.
Distilled just north of the city in Evanston, FEW Spirits’ multiple whiskey varietals are the perfect local libation to warm up a cold day. Try the hearty rye whiskey—spicy with just a hint of sweet corn—aged in air-dried oak barrels for extra flavor.
Great Lakes quilt, Haptic Lab ($219). 718-577-1056; hapticlab.com
Though Haptic Lab founder Emily Fischer currently resides in New York, it was her Midwestern upbringing that inspired the design for her cozy, two-tone Great Lakes quilt. Keep a lookout for her upcoming monochromatic Chicago quilt, too, which features an embroidered map of the city.
Aptly named after an Icelandic storm—which it feels like we’re experiencing in Chicago right now—this 100 percent white wool scarf is handmade by Aporta founder Noelle Sharp. The uniquely shaped neck-warmer comes with a kilt pin to keep it in place on extra windy days.