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Chicago-Themed Holiday Gifts

Posted  6 months ago  in  Arts and Culture, Trending

2 MIN READ - Pay homage to your hometown and make any proud Chicagoan joyous this holiday season by picking up some Chicago-themed holiday gifts in the Loop

State Street Holiday Market 

Support local Chicago small businesses by shopping at the State Street Holiday Market. There you will find beloved small businesses from the award-winning Sundays on State series selling local artisanal materials, festive gift options, and more. Plus, the market showcases an amazing lineup of entertainment such as singing, dancing, and visits form Mr. and Mrs. Claus. How can you turn down the fun?! 


When you Shop at Columbia College's store, you support their community of artists directly. You have the option of shopping year-round online, and we recommend checking out their holiday market that runs through December 20. There you will find  over 100 student, alumni, faculty, and staff artists selling fine art, photography, paintings, clothing, fashion accessories, stationery, music, zines and more! Gift options are unique and affordable with most items priced between $10-40.


Each year this authentic German market takes place from November to December in Daley Plaza. The delicious smell of roasted nuts, fresh pretzels, bratwurst, and hot spiced wine paired with festive music creates a warm atmosphere in the winter chill. Gather sparkling ornaments and vendor products from around the world, some of which feature Chicago imagery and icons.

Chicago Architecture Center 

Chicago is recognized all around the world for its architecture, and is the only city where you can observe the unique architectural designs of Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Give a gift that keeps on giving this holiday season with a yearlong membership to the Chicago Architecture Center. This present comes with free admission to the Center, free or discounted walking tours, a discount at the CAC’s Design Shop, discounted tickets for the CAFC river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady, and more. 

You can also stop by the CAC’s Design Shop to find architecture-inspired gifts and high-quality designer products. Whether you’re looking for striking kitchenware or stunning jewelry, engaging puzzles or sparkling ornaments, there’s a special gift at the CAC. 

Art Institute of Chicago 

At the Art Institute museum shop, there are plenty of collectables and oddities. Purchase iconic lion bookends, scarves, books, posters, calendars, paintings, and more. You can also go the extra mile and purchase a membership for the art aficionado in your life. 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

Have a musical holiday and purchase gifts from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra store. They sell mugs, bottles, hats, and other items with the orchestra’s insignia. There are also items such as musically oriented children’s books and paper napkins adorned with drawings of orchestral instruments. The best sellers are music boxes that play the works by Verdi or Chopin, and socks with images of composers, musical notes, or key signatures. 

Shoreline Sightseeing 

Purchase a Shoreline Sightseeing Gift Certificate to give the gift of Architecture Tours, Classic Lake Tours, or Fireworks Tours. There’s no better way to celebrate Chicago than cruising along the lake or river and taking in the incredible skyline views.