By Emma Sarran Webster| December 3, 2015 |
This holiday season, go local with gifts made right here in the Windy City.
For the Chicago Loyalist: Cityzen Grey Chicago Scarf
Cityzen Grey Chicago Scarf, MCA Chicago Store ($298). 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-397-4000
This scarf was made exclusively for Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Store, and features a beautiful black-and-white bird’s eye view of the city—perfect for the lady in your life who likes to show off her Windy City pride while remaining utterly fashionable.
It doesn’t get much more Chicago than dinner at a classic city steakhouse on the river. Gift the foodie in your life a gift card for a decadent meal at Chicago Cut Steakhouse—and hope that he or she will bring you along.
For the Stylish Gentleman: Oxxford Clothes Custom Suit
Custom Suit, Oxxford Clothes (Price Varies). 1220 W. Van Buren St. #7, 312-829-3600
Gift him a suit that’s truly Chicago: Oxxford Clothes was founded in the city way back in 1916, and has made bespoke suits for everyone from Cary Grant to Joe DiMaggio. The Chicago Showroom offers the unique opportunity for customers to be measured by the company’s Head Master Tailor, Rocco Giovannangelo (and the suits are made in the same building). Call or visit the showroom to purchase a gift certificate for the dapper guy in your life.
For the Fashion Maven: CHC Tary Sack in Gold and White
CHC Tary Sack in Gold and White, Milk Handmade ($260). 5137 N. Clark St., 773-234-7053
This cross-body bag is sophisticated enough for a dinner out, yet casual enough for a day around town. Better yet: All the materials used to make it are sourced and assembled in Chicago, and 10 percent of the profits from your purchase will be put toward WINGS, a Chicago-based organization that provides services to end domestic violence.
For the Music Lover: Ravinia Festival Gift Certificate
Gift Card, Ravinia. 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, 847-266-5100
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the warmer months: Ravinia offers a summer calendar full of live concerts that can be enjoyed from the pavilion or with a picnic on the massive lawn. Load up a gift certificate so your loved one is ready to buy when tickets go on sale for next season.
For the Nostalgic: Camp Wandawega Candle Gift Set
Camp Wandawega Candle Gift Set, Tatine. ($40). Anthropologie , 111 E. Chicago Ave., 312-255-1848
Perfect for that person in your life who’s always starting sentences with, “Remember when?” this gift set is made by Chicago-based candle company, Tatine, and inspired by real-life Wisconsin Camp Wandawega. It calls to mind cozy nights around the campfire with a set including a wood smoke-scented candle (poured into a beer glass), antique newsprint wrap, a box of matches, a fishhook clip, and a deck of stories.
For the Jewelry Lover: Kono & Sono Diamond Pendant on Long 14K Gold-Filled Chain
Diamond Pendant on Long 14K Gold-Filled Chain, Kono & Sono ($115).konoandsono.com
This striking pendant necklace was carved by hand and made right here in Chicago by local designer Lynn Okura Bey. The unique yet versatile look is perfect for any accessory-obsessed lady and looks pretty when layered or worn alone.
The historic Music Box Theatre is known for showing foreign and independent films, as well as classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, and The Sound of Music. A new membership program includes invitations to monthly members-only screenings, advanced purchases for special screenings, discounts on tickets and at partner restaurants, and much more.
For the Artsy Lady: Limited Edition ‘InJung’ Artist Series Handbag
Limited Edition ‘InJung’ Artist Series, 84Rockwell ($455).84rockwell.com
Two Chicagoans, 84Rockwell designer Bridget McDermott and visual artist InJung Oh, came together to design this limited-edition, unique belted purse. Each leather bag has been hand-painted by Oh with unique flowers from her signature Volossom series, and a portion of each sale will be donated to Oh’s Thousand Wish Project, an interactive visual workshop.