While it may be know for the wind and chilly winters, Chicago is also a great resource for gift giving. There are tons of festivals and gifts fairs, trendy shops, fantastic local artists and artisans, as well a ton of cool activities and landmarks. If you're in the city of big shoulders, or know a Chicago buff, check out what Chicago has to offer for green gift giving.
1 Chicago el pillows, $40 from Zerobird Studio (Etsy): Inspired by daily bike rides around the city, these pillows are available in silk screened images of the train line of your choice. Images also available aprints for $25.
2 One of a Kind Show, $12 for tickets: This annual four day shopping show is one of the season's best opportunities to find unique handmade gifts from over 600 artists. In addition to shopping, the show features artist demonstrations, crafting workshops, gourmet cafes, fashion shows and live music. December 1-4, click here for tickets.
3 Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market: An annual favorite, this free holiday market features over 150 of the best local and national indie-craft and DIY artisans. The event will also feature hands-on crafting activities and food from local eateries. December 3 + 4, 2011, from 11am - 6pm, at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse.
4 Chicago Poster, $35 from ORK: ORK city and neighborhood posters are a classic. We love this special edition print, which is a four-color screen print set on a grid representative of the Chicago street grid.
5 Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks, $Varies: Surprise your loved one with the gift of local fresh foods. Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks offers a seasonal food box in three different sizes: single, double and family, as well as a special box with all the ingredients for an included recipe. Not sure what they'd want? Get them a gift certificate so they can customize their food delivery.
6 Stork Panel, $315 from Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: Frank Lloyd Wright designed these columns for the entrance to his Oak Park studio to symbolize the architect's profession. These reproductions are cast in a mold made from the originals, and are made of plaster, reinforced with hemp and painted to resemble bronze.
7 Ultimate Chicago Spice Gift Box, $49.95 from The Spice House: This is the perfect box for Chicago food lovers. The box includes, Chicago Cooks, a recipe book including the history of the culinary explosion in Chicago over the last 25 years, and four Chicago seasonings: Old World Central Street Seasoning, Old Taylor Street Cheese Sprinkle, Lake Shore Drive Seasoning and Bronzeville Rib Rub.
8 CTA Announcement Prints, $45 from Monkey-Rope Press (Etsy): This discounted bundle of three CTA prints is the perfect way to celebrate the love of all things public transit. You can order any combination of three Chicago transit themed prints.
9 Pickled Foods, $7 from Birchwood Kitchen: Birchwood Kitchen is a great new restaurant that features fresh, local and healthy foods. But what they're loved for is the incorporation of tasty pickled foods such as onions and beets. Lucky for its customers, they're now bottling up their homemade pickled foods in mason jars for sale, including turmeric-pickled cauliflower, cumin-pickled carrots, spiced pickled beets.
10 chicago hot dog diagram floursack towels, $24 from Girls Can Tell: The Chicago dog: tomato wedges, a pickle, sport peppers, relish, onions, yellow mustard and celery salt atop an all beef hot dog resting in a steamed poppy seed bun — memorialized on a cotton tea towel.
For a more exhaustive market place list and guide to the city, check out these past posts about Chicago:
• A Green City Guide to Chicago
• Marketplace Green City Guide: Chicago
2011 Green Gift Guides
• Green Gift Guide For Kids
• Green Gift Guide For Food Lovers
• No-Gift Green Gift Guide: Charitable Gifts and Donations
• 10 Hostess Gifts for Friends Who Love to Entertain
• Green Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Under $20
• Green Gift Guide For Minneapolis
• Green Gift Guide For the Home Renovator
• Green Gift Guide for the Techie
• Green Gift Guide: Best Gifts Under $75
• Green Gift Guide For Design Lovers
(Images: 1-8 + 10. as linked; 9. Amber Byfield)