NCC Holiday Gift Guide

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BE MERRY. SHOP LOCAL. Northcenter Holiday Gift Guide 2015


deck the halls, skip the malls! a holiday message from your local chamber Dear Friends, The holiday shopping season is about to kick off, and on behalf of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, we hope that when you’re making your shopping decisions, you choose our local, independent businesses. By shopping locally, you help keep your dollars in the community, promote a unique, vibrant community and get top-notch customer service from your neighbors. That’s why we’ve created this handy gift guide. No matter your holiday budget, you can find something for everyone on your list, right here in the Northcenter neighborhood! Whether you’ve got foodies or fashionistas, crafters or craft beer enthusiasts, we hope you’ll find that perfect something that will make their eyes light up. In addition to holiday shopping opportunities, we hope you will join us for festive neighborhood events like our Jingle Bell Breakfast on December 5th, our holiday tree lighting on the 11th & our Season of Giving food drive supporting Common Pantry. Have a very happy, healthy holiday season and remember to shop local! With Warm Wishes and Holiday Cheer, the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce Staff


gifts for kids

Speed Racer: You’re never too young to feel the need for speed. $19, available at Isle of Man, 3856 N. Lincoln or iomamerica. lightspeedwebstore.com.

Get Funky: These Funko Pop figurines are wildly popular -- you may want to go with a Stormtrooper or Finn ahead of the next Star Wars sequel. $19.99, available at Da Sorce, 4353 N. Lincoln. Our Family Portrait: Capture those precious holiday moments with a shoot from Chicago photographer to the stars Steven E. Gross. Available at Steven E. Gross & Associates, 4330 N. Lincoln, call 773-509-9393 for details.

The Boy Who Lived: The wizarding world you loved as a kid (and still love as an adult) gets a beautiful makeover thanks to artist Jim Kay. $39.99, available at Da Sorce, 4353 N. Lincoln.

Play in the Sand: It may be close to freezing, but it’s never too early to start thinking about Chicago summers. $32, available at Neighborly, 2003 W. Montrose or neighborlyshop.com. Bot Buddy: This huggable robot pal is looking for a new friend! Maybe it’ll be you! $18, available at Dizzy Cow, 2155 W. Irving Park.


gifts for her Kiss at Midnight: You may want to keep this knockout lip conditioner collection for yourself. We won’t tell if you don’t. $40, available through Beneen Prendiville, Arbonne Independent Consultant, call 312-3420877 for details. Star, Bright: Lady Faye Jewelry’s earrings are crafted from molds of real objects found in nature. $54, available at Union Handmade, 3860 N. Lincoln Ave.

Comfy-Cozy Are We: Chicago winters are no match for this stylish knit set, which includes matching infinity scarf, fingerless gloves and a hat. Or, snuggle under this lovely blanket scarf and class it up with a matching pendant. Gift set $38, blanket scarf $42, pendant $28; available at Mainstream Boutique, 4357 N. L incoln.

Totally Clutch: These bright Shiraleah clutches are an in-demand accessory from a beloved Chicago designer. $42, available at embellish boutique, 4161 N. Lincoln. .


gifts for him California Cool: These Cydwoq shoes feature contoured insole and outsole for the most comfortable step, and they’re made from eco-friendly material. What’s not to love? Prices and styles vary, available at Traipse Shoes, 4341 N. Lincoln. Distilled To Perfection: You can’t drink this whiskey soap, but it can and will make you smell amazing. $16, available at Isle of Man, 3856 N. Lincoln or iomamerica.lightspeedwebstore. com. Ice Ice Baby: The classy dude who throws all the parties will love adding this vintage ice bucket to his home bar. $28, available at Mint Home, 2117 W. Irving Park, or etsy.com/shop/minthome. Wild & Woolly: This versatile number will keep you favorite guy warm and stylish in all seasons. $99, available at Isle of Man, 3856 N. Lincoln or iomamerica.lightspeedwebstore.com. Winter Warmers: These scarves come in a variety of colors and are softer than cashmere. You may want to keep them for yourself. $12, available at Chic Squared, 3862 N. Lincoln.


gifts for teens

A Long Saga: The graphic novel series Saga is all the rage -- even those who aren’t into comics will be captivated by this story. $14.99 trade paperback, available at Da Sorce, 4353 N. Lincoln. Brace Yourself: They’ll want to collect these Hyla bracelets in all the available colors and styles. $16, available at embellish boutique, 4161 N. Lincoln. Chelsea, Chelsea, We Believe: Have a teen who watched the ‘Hawks religiously in their “hat trick” season? A variety of hockey cards and memorabilia await at this Montrose shop. Prices vary, available at Elite Sports Cards & Comics, 2028 W. Montrose. DIY Heaven: Have a crafty teen in your family? They’ll love a class at The Makers’ Spot, a creative space. Available at The Wishcraft Workshop, 3907 N. Damen; visit growartists.com for schedule and details. Girl On Fire: Hunger Games fans can channel their inner Katniss with this bright arrow pendant. $24, available at Mainstream Boutique, 4357 N. Lincoln. It Is Written: Inspire creativity and expression with this whimsical notebook. $12, available at Hazel, 1902 W. Montrose.


gifts for your four legged friend 1) For Cool Cats Only: Even the most finicky feline will enjoy eating from this cute and stylish dish. $7.50, available at zulu dog + cat boutique, 3919 N. Lincoln.

2) Just Don’t Add Ketchup: This pun never gets old, and neither will this adorable shirt for your pup. $23, available at zulu dog + cat boutique, 3919 N. Lincoln.

3) Little Buddy: Barnyarns come in a variety of animals, are fun to bat and come loaded with catnip. Your cat will love ‘em! $3.50 ea., available at zulu dog + cat boutique, 3919 N. Lincoln.

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4) Not Just For Summer: Use the ingenious Freezy Pups ice trays for great frozen treats all year round. $20, available at zulu dog + cat boutique, 3919 N. Lincoln.

5) Ruff and Tuff: These durable, colorful toys can handle rough playtime and look cute doing it. $14, available at zulu dog + cat boutique, 3919 N. Lincoln.

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gifts $25 and under Lady of the Rings: Chic Squared owner Pauline handcrafts these colorful and affordable statement rings. $12-14, available at Chic Squared, 3862 N. Lincoln.

Light It Up: Fittingly, these handmade Himalayan candles come in holiday scents like “Mistletoe.” Pucker up! $16-30, available at Hazel, 1902 W. Montrose.

Be a Hero: This superhero puzzle will be fun for the whole family when you team up to put it together! $14, available at Dizzy Cow, 2155 W. Irving Park.

Take No Crap: Whether they’re rocking flyaways, pompadours or other bold styles, fashionforward guys and gals will love this allnatural, cruelty-free hair crap. Available at Rev. Billy’s Chop Shop, 4314 N. Lincoln.

Pencil for Your Thoughts: These custom yuzen paper-covered pencils will inspire with their bright, distinctive patterns—no two in a set are alike. $24, available at Bari Zaki Studio, 3858 N. Lincoln or barizaki.bigcartel.com.

When All Else Fails, Chocolate: If you’re going to give some chocolate, better get the good stuff. $18 for Milk Tray & Roses, available at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Grocery, 3905 N. Lincoln.


gifts for busy loved ones Just Being Miley: This ultracool lamp from Michael S. Jones will keep them company on long nights at the office. $375, 3856 N. Lincoln or iomamerica.lightspeedwebstore.com.

Rejuvenation: This hydrating face oil smells like jasmine and orange blossom and invigorates and enriches sleepy faces. $38, available at Hamsa Ayurveda & Yoga, 3807 N. Lincoln, or online at hamsaapothecary.com.

Pampermint: For a parent, a frequent traveler or someone else on their feet all day, this peppermint footcare kit soothes and invigorates. $42, available through Beneen Prendiville, Arbonne Independent Consultant, call 312-342-0877 for details. So Succulent(s): Nothing brightens up a desk like a cheery little plant. Succulents are low-maintenance; perfect for those with wall-to-wall meetings. $5-15, available at plants inc., 2457 W. Montrose.

Treat Yo’ Self: Nothing helps you recover from the holiday hustle and bustle quite like a signature massage. $120 for 70 minutes, available at Be Well. The Art of Asian Therapies, 2251 W. Irving Park.


more winter style Golden Standards: These necklaces from Juliet Jewelry come in styles to fit every personality. $64-68, available at embellish boutique, 4161 N. Lincoln.

Get Spotted: This Dalmatian Jasper bracelet is one-ofa-kind thanks to the unique stone selected by designer Theresa Cowan. $80, available at Mineralogy, 1944 W. Montrose or mineralogydesign.com.

Feelin’ Groovy: Turn heads at your New Years’ party with this bold paisley dress, which can be worn on or off the shoulder. $46, available at Mainstream Boutique, 4357 N. Lincoln.

Flannelriffic: This cozy number was hand-sewn in Chicago and comes in a variety of lengths. $180, available at Union Handmade, 3860 N. Lincoln Ave.


gifts to inspire creativity A Binding Resolution: Some paper and pens can open up a whole world. Local bookbinder Bari Zaki offers classes in calligraphy, bookbinding and much more for the creative in your life! Prices and classes vary, available at Bari Zaki Studio, 3858 N. Lincoln; visit barizaki.bigcartel.com for pricing and course availability. A Stitch In Time: Wow your hosts with this beautiful table runner in no time at all, thanks to an easy kit from your local quilting resource. $28, available at Second City Quilt Company, 2153 W. Irving Park. Cheers!: Is your favorite person a craft beer expert? Start them on the road to making their own delicious brews at home with a class from Brew Camp, your friendly local homebrew experts. $20 for one 90-minute class, available at Brew Camp, 4639 N. Damen. Get Folked: Give the gift of the arts along with access to classes, concerts and more with a Membership to the Old Town School of Folk Music. $75 individual or $150 for a household, available at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln.

Get Hammered: Learn the art of mosaics from some of Chicago’s best experts. The Mosaic School brings in artists and teachers from all over the world! Prices and classes vary, visit chicagomosaicschool. com or The Chicago Mosaic School, 1806 W. Cuyler, for details. Don’t Sweat the Technique: Your aspiring mixmaster will love learning the art of DJing at Scratch Academy’s new neighborhood location, which offers classes for all ages and experience levels. Prices and class schedules vary, available at Scratch DJ Academy, 4001 N. Ravenswood, visit academy.scratch.com for details. Find Your Knitsche: Give the knitting-obsessed friend a gift card or class to one of the city’s best yarn shops, or learn to knit yourself and give them a handmade gift they’ll treasure. Prices and availability vary; available at Knit 1, 3823 N. Lincoln.


gifts for gourmands

Burn, Baby, Burn: Bacon and sausage together is already a perfect pairing, but add red chillies and habaneros and you’ve got the makings of an explosive plate. $12/pack or $48/4 packs, available at Big Fork Brands, 2707 W. Lawrence, or bigforkbrands.com. Get Sauced: The whiskey and marmalade-infused special BBQ sauce that has won the hearts (and tastebuds) of thousands at Ribfest Chicago is yours to take home, for yourself or a foodie friend. $4.50, available at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Grocery, 3905 N. Lincoln. Muggin’: These vintage mugs will keep you company during ambitious holiday meal prep. $30 for a set of five, available at Mint Home, 2117 W. Irving Park, or etsy.com/shop/minthome. Pepper Pals: These bright pepper plants will be a welcome addition to a windowsill vegetable garden, even in the Chicago cold. $15, available at plants inc., 2457 W. Montrose. Picks From A Local Chef: Fountainhead Market offers a gift box of all-star chef Cleetus Friedman’s food and drink collaborations, including the iconic “Cleetus Heatus” hot sauce. $95, individual “Cleetus Heatus” hot sauce for $6.50; available at Fountainhead Market, 1966 W. Montrose.


take someone out! Big Screen Scene: Enjoy the latest Hollywood holiday blockbuster (perhaps the one whose name rhymes with “Schmar Schmores”) at this newly-renovated neighborhood institution. $6 matinee or $9 standard adult ticket, available at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln. Come Out And Play: Check out immersive, daring new works at the North Side’s newest neighborhood theatre. Prices and showtimes vary, available at Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park. Good for A Laugh: Take your friends out to neighborhood institution (and BYOB) Cornservatory or the all-new Laugh Out Loud comedy club and enjoy some of Chicago’s up-and-coming improv talent. Prices and showtimes vary, available at Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln and Laugh Out Loud, 3851 N. Lincoln Avenue. Rock Star Treatment: Let the kids have some fun too! The “rock star” spa manicures and pedicures will make them feel like A-Listers while getting ready for holiday photos. Prices vary, available at Rock Candy Salon & Spa, 4141 N. Lincoln. Stripped-Down Literature: The Naked Girls Reading series, held at one of Chicago’s most iconic burlesque venues, makes for an intimate and unforgettable evening. Go around the holidays, when the troupe reads A Christmas Carol. Times and prices vary, available at Studio L’Amour, 4001 N. Ravenswood, visit studiolamour.com for times and tickets.


for the home

1) Forget Me Knot: The Blue Frogs company out of Colorado makes these stunning Celtic knot wood carvings. Prices vary, available at Celtica Gifts, 1940 W. Montrose. 2) Jazz It Up: Just look at this trumpet lamp and think of all the conversations it would start! $275, available at LitUp Chicago, 4015 N. Rockwell. 3) Memoirs of Acacia: This beautiful catch-all tray will keep you organized on your way in and out, and it looks great, too. $29, available at Neighborly, 2003 W. Montrose or neighborlyshop.com.

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4) Settle Up: Settlers of Catan has become a game night staple for all ages, but be careful -- we’ve seen friendships fall apart over intense games. $48.99, available at Da Sorce, 4353 N. Lincoln. 5) Shamrocked: Modern furniture fanatics will love this bright end table, the perfect pop to any room. $150, available at Mint Home, 2117 W. Irving Park, or etsy.com/shop/minthome. 6) Wildlife in the Home: Robert Rud’s colorful dishes bring the great outdoors to your dining room. $39, available at Union Handmade, 3860 N. Lincoln Ave.

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for the friend who

LOVES

CHICAGO Spooky Stocking Stuffer: Northcenter resident Ursula Bielski is a local expert on the paranomal. Buy her book to learn about the haunts in your backyard. Available at chicagohauntings..com.

Love Your ‘Hood: The original

Ork Posters Chicago neighborhood map is perfect for longtime residents who want to show their pride or your friend who just moved to the big city. $22-35, available at Neighborly, 2003 W. Montrose and neighborlyshop.com.

Doors Open On The Right: Inspire the crafty Chicagoan in your life this amazing CTApatterned fabric, or outdo yourself and make them a quilt showing it off! $10.50/ yd, available at Second City Quilt Company, 2153 W. Irving Park.

World’s Fair: One of many of local lighting and custom furniture shop LitUp’s posters of one of Chicago’s most iconic historic events. $375, available at LitUp Chicago, 4015 N. Rockwell.

Heaven is a place on earth: Have a friend who left Chicago and misses home? Ship them what they really want -- some deep dish from Lou’s. Prices and shipping vary, available at loumalnatis.com.


Get into the holiday spirits... (& beer!)

Community Supported: That’s right. One of Chicago’s best craft breweries offers a growler subscription. You’ll be someone’s favorite gift-giver. Prices vary, available at Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler. Hex Yeah: Rep your local craft beer purveyor in comfort and style with this crew-neck sweatshirt from one of Chicago’s top breweries. $40, available at Half Acre Beer Company, 4257 N. Lincoln or halfacrebeer.com.

Hoppy Holidays: Visit your friendly local bottle shop to create a stocking-stuffer six-pack with local brews, like Northcenterbased Spiteful breiwng. Ask about their beer advent calendar, too. Prices vary, available at Bottles & Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln. Quoth the Ravenswood: Journeyman Distillery’s Ravenswood Rye is now a limited-edition find… the local tipple will be known as Last Feather in the future. $45, available at Fountainhead Market, 1966 W. Montrose.

Merci Me: Ten Ninety Beer Company’s Merci, Mon Petit Caporal is a robust barleywine that’ll intrigue holiday party guests. Ten Ninety recently moved their operations to Northcenter. $14.99 for a 25 oz. bottle, available at Bottles & Cans, 4109 N. Lincoln.

Besk of the Besk: Renegade local distillers famous for their gin offer their take on a certain Swedishborn, wormwood-infused Chicago institution. You know the one we mean. $29 for 750 mL, available at Letherbee Distillers, letherbee.eu.