Support Small Business Saturday in Chicago

Filbert's Root Beer bottles

It’s no secret that food truck freaks love to support local businesses. So, we thought we’d ask you guys what your favorite local businesses are and share them with everyone else! Here’s a roundup of some great places fellow food truck aficionados have suggested to hit up for your holiday gifts.

 

Foodie Things

Green Grocer

Address: 1402 West Grand Avenue  Chicago, IL 60642

Phone: (312) 624-9508

Hood: Wicker Park

TransitGrand & Noble

Possible gifts: Local/organic food stuffs, wine, gift certificates,

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Filbert’s Root Beer

Address: 3430 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (773) 847-1520

Hood: McKinley Park

TransitAshland & 34th Street

Possible gifts: Old school sodas. This place has been around for 85+ years, so you could even pick up sodas as a unique host(ess) gift for someone who loves all things Chicago

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Polo Cafe

Address: 3322 South Morgan Street  Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (773) 927-7656

Hood: McKinley Park

Transit: Google Map it, but reviews say parking is easy so drive if you can.

Possible gifts: From what we read, this is a breakfast lover’s heaven. So, pick them up a gift certificate and note on your card that their crème brulee and brunch get rave reviews.

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Olympic Meats

Address: 3322 South Morgan Street  Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (773) 927-7656

Hood: McKinley Park

Transit: Google Map it, but reviews say parking is easy so drive if you can.

Possible gifts: When Food Truck Freak fan Kristina MC recommended this place, we scratched our heads a bit thinking of this as a holiday shopping place. Then, we remembered there are some men in our lives whose biggest smiles only come when they’re behind the BBQ, pampering a sexy cut of meat. (For us, these also happen to be very difficult people to buy presents for.) After seeing that you can purchase gift certificates online, we can definitely see giving a GC to dude who is in his element at the BBQ. This gift definitely rivals the myriad of barbeque gadgets you might otherwise consider for the same gift recipient.

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Northwestern Cutlery

Address: 810 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: (312) 421-3666

Hood: West Loop

TransitHalsted & Lake

Possible gifts: Knives! The good ones can get pricey, so this is a great gift for someone who would appreciate solid kitchen tools but might not splurge on them for themselves.

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Printer’s Row Wine Shop

Address: 719 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 663-9314

Hood: Printer’s Row

TransitHarrison

Possible gifts: Wine Club membership, beer and wine

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Books, Music & Toys

The Book Cellar

Address: 4736 North Lincoln Avenue #1, Chicago, IL 60625

Phone: (773) 293-2665

Hood: Lincoln Square

TransitWestern-Brown

Possible gifts: Books, books and more books!

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Sandmeyer’s Book Store

Sandmeyer’s Bookstore

Address: 714 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 922-2104

Hood: Printer’s Row

TransitHarrison

Possible gifts: Books, books and more books!

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Timeless Toys

Address: 4749 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

Phone: (773) 334-4445

Hood: Lincoln Square

TransitWestern-Brown

Possible gifts: Toys and other fun stuff for kids

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Gramaphone

Address: 2843 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: (773) 472-3683

Hood:  Lincoln Park/Boystown

Transit: Diversey

Possible gifts: Vinyl records, sweet tees, music posters and of course gift certificates

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Quimby’s

Address: 1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (773) 342-0910

Hood: Wicker Park

Transit: North Ave & Wolcott

Possible gifts: When Barnes & Noble just doesn’t cut it, this is the place to go. One review says, “categories include ‘Conspiracy,’ ‘Politics & Revolution,’ and ‘Lowbrow Art.’”

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Home, Art, Jewelry & More

 

Hazel

Address: 1902 west Montrose chicago, il 60613

Phone: 773.769.2227

Hood: Ravenswood

TransitDamen & Division

Possible gifts: Artisan-crafted artwork, jewelry, and home goods

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Embellish Boutique

Address: 4161 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Phone: (773) 525-4400

Hood: Ravenswood

TransitLincoln & Berteau

Possible gifts: Jewelry!

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The Haymaker Shop

Address: 5507 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 681-0798

Hood: Andersonville

TransitClark & Catalpa

Possible gifts: Housewares, art, furniture

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Cattails Inc.

Address: 1935 West Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (773) 486-1621

Hood: Wicker Park/East Village

TransitDamen & Division

Possible gifts: Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers arranged by a neighborhood florist? You often get a lot more variety and originality when you choose a place like Cattails over an big, chain internet florist.

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Gethsemane Gardens & More

Address: 5739 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660

Phone: ((773) 878-5915

Hood: Edgewater

TransitEdgewater & Clark

Possible gifts: Artwork, ornaments, tree toppers, candles, potpourri, Bavarian pewter collectibles, and more.

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Lilliana’s European Salon

Address: 1517 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 334-5240

Hood: Andersonville

TransitFoster & Ashland

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Architectural Artifacts

Address: 4325 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613

Phone:  (773) 348-0622

Hood: Lincoln Aquare

TransitMontrose-Brown

Possible gifts: You’ll find little (and ginormous) bits of Chicago and architectural history here. It’s a giant warehouse full of antiques big and small.

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Scout

Address: 5221 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone:  (773) 275-5700

Hood: Andersonville

TransitFoster & Clark

Possible gifts: Sweet antiques

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White Nest

Jewelry from White Nest

Address: Shop on their website or on Etsy

Possible gifts: Super cool artisan jewelry, home accessories, and artwork

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Note: Don’t forget about wrapping your gift! Here’s a nifty guide with ideas of how to wrap your gifts so their wrapping is as awesome as their contents.

 

  • http://www.facebook.com/desiree.maurer1 Desiree Maurer

    I have been to several of these stores, and I actually went to grammar school with the owner of Filberts Root beer, it is a great neighborhood place, and all of these places are great neighborhood treasures!