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Loop Holiday Gift Guide

Posted  6 months ago  in  Arts and Culture, Trending

2 MIN READ - Crossing items off your holiday shopping list can be hard, especially when you're drawing blanks. Get inspired by this Loop holiday gift guide that'll surely draw nothing but smiles this holiday season. 

Sweet Treats from Beatrix 

Sweet treats are more the merrier around the holidays, and Beatrix Cookie Boxes are no exception! Select six cookies from the pastry counter at Beatrix for $19.95, plus tax, and you have an instant gift for the host, or holiday party dessert table. Need stocking stuffers on the fly? Pick up bags of locally roasted, locally packaged Beatrix Coffee Roasters coffee for the espresso lover in your life. Grab one of the signature blends or a Holiday Gift Set featuring a trio of favorite roasts to try out (alongside a freshly-baked cookie, of course). 


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.

Medieval Torture Museum

A captivating journey through the largest interactive historical museum in the U.S., occupying more than 6,000 square feet, with over 100 unique implements and devices on display will bring you to the enchanting gift shop! Discover special treasures reflecting the Medieval Ages – from skulls, cups, and T-shirts to hats, figures of knights, and even sandglasses. Find unique holiday gifts for your loved ones at the Medieval Torture Museum where history meets extraordinary presents. Step into a world where every item has a story to tell! Use code "loop15" for an additional 15% OFF museum tickets! Are you brave enough? 


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 

Find outstanding gifts for music lovers on your list at the Symphony Store, the official gift shop of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Choose from music-themed gifts and merchandise sourced from around the world, including critically acclaimed recordings of the CSO, kid-friendly books and toys, and apparel for the whole family. New this holiday season are two collections of merchandise designed with Chicago-based artist Steve Shanabruch honoring the historic architecture of Orchestra Hall. The Symphony Store is located at 67 E. Adams Street and is open regularly Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shop online at symphonystore.com.

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. 

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