Holiday shopping is nearly upon us. Although the big box stores beckon with sales aplenty, it just FEELS good to support the little guys. Here are my picks for shopping local.
A very Euro shop stocked w/ beauty (& home) treats galore. This is the best spot for gifts, w/ lotions, candles, & other scented finds.
One of the best independent boutiques on Chicago. Awesome for both men's & women's clothes. Don't be shy about shopping the sales rack!
I'm no green thumb, but I totally dig thos shop. Great for gifts! If you're clueless like me, let the fab staff guide you.
A cute-as-a-button gift shop stocked w/ stationery, bath stuff, and fun trinkets. Lovely pick for wedding or baby announcements.
Who'da thunk this cool bookstore also doubles as Lincoln Square's coziest cafe? Julius Meinl coffee is the perfect companion to a new novel.
Such a nifty concept! Design your own tee or opt for one of their funky prints. Check out the user-friendly website. Cool, helpful staffers.
One of my favorite gift shops. It's tops for baby gifts, seasonal decor, kitchen stuff, and greeting cards.
Love the unusual games & puzzles as well as the whip-smart staff. This is my go-to for holiday gifts. It's also fun to just hang out & play!
A must for any dapper dude. Great shoes, sweaters, jeans, etc. Sales guys are uber helpful and stylish to boot. Decent seasonal sales.
Cool concept w/ retail & lounge combo. Staff incredibly helpful. Bottles fit all budgets. Lounge has great vino, but nibbles lack oomph.