If you're low on funds this holiday season, you're not confined to giving handmade IOU's (come on, that stopped being acceptable when you turned 12). Check out the wallet-friends shelves of these local shops.
Your nose will lead the way to this haven or delectable popcorn. Obviously, you must try the Chicago Mix. Word to the wise: A small bag is plenty!
A very Euro shop stocked w/ beauty (& home) treats galore. This is the best spot for gifts, w/ lotions, candles, & other scented finds.
You haven't lived til you've scarfed a plate of bread pudding pancakes! The burger is amazing too, though. Whatever your meal, don't leave w/o a vanilla cupcake.
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.
Not everything's a slam-dunk here, but I love the pantry-stockers & breakfast sandwiches. Sit outside!
Affordable accessories in a rainbow of hues fill this pretty jewel box of a room.
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.
A buy/sell spot for used duds that soars above the competition with a well-curated selection & savvy staff. Be prepared to spend hours rifling through the racks!
Such a fortuitous River North find with stellar gifts for the culinarian or world-traveler on your list.
An overwhelming selection of beads and baubles! Thankfully, staffers are great about helping you weed through the bins.
A cool spot where they're seriously serious about what they do. Fun to simply browse the stacks, or sell/trade your records, vinyl, cds, dvds, or books.
A foodie's heyday filled w/ Euro groceries, liquor, and a deli. Grab a seat & a stein on the rooftop beer garden in summer- nothing's finer!