There is nothing quite like a Chicagoan's civic pride. Ideas, art,
goods - Chicagoans want everything local. Can you blame us?
This month, we're diving into the localization of all things Chicago.
This "Made in Chicago" trend is one with immense staying power not only for locals
to enjoy, but for visitors to become a part of themselves. This emphasis on all
things Chicago is a reflection of Chicagoans' fierce civic pride in their
community, their culture, and their city as a whole.
Step one in spreading Peace,
Love, and Chocolate? Build your chocolate empire right here in the city of
Chicago. This mission is what guides Vosges Haute-Chocolat, a chocolate house
developed, pioneered and led by OPEN American Express's Woman Entrepreneur of
the Year and one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World (National
Geographic): Katrina Markoff. This chocolatier doesn't just create decadent,
distinctive chocolate that is unmatched anywhere in the country, or the world;
Katrina is building a chocolate empire with its flag staked right here in
Chicago. All chocolates, ranging from Matcha Green Tea Spirulina Super Dark
Chocolate Pink Himalayan Crystal Salt Caramel Chicago, are conceptualized and
processed in the Vosges facility on Chicago's Northside. Drooling yet? Keep an
eye on Vosges: their Platinum LEED-certified green manufacturing and chocolate
lifestyle house Vosges Chicago Temple will
be opening later this year.
Introducing the timeless class of a Horween Leather Company leather
strap to the hip vantage point of the West Loop headquarters, Astor + Banks
marries Old Chicago and Trendy Chicago seamlessly in each custom wrist watch. Astor + Banks sells a product designed and
assembled right here in Chicago, and that's not only a promise but a dedication
to authenticity. After beginning with some Swiss innards and German casings,
the sapphire crystal, dial, and Horween-leather strap are locally made: with
Swiss and German origins and locally grown roots, these watches sound like a large
part of local Chicagoan's family history. Looking to up the Chicago pride in your
purchase? Put in your order for a white, red and navy watch -a subtle nod to
the colors of the Chicago flag.
Tru Blooms Chicago brings out the best in Chicago greenery and flora
in each and every perfume bottle. The team behind Tru Blooms creates
perfume ingredients in the manner they were meant to be gathered: from small
plots and lovingly nurtured land in the local neighborhoods throughout the year.
Next time you're walking through the public gardens, along the lakefront, or
even down the Magnificent Mile, you'll be strolling by the ingredients that
make the Tru Bloom scents so unique. Tru Blooms' major partners include the Chicago
Botanic Garden and the Chicago Park District, committed to keeping these
perfumes smelling fantastic (and local). As they say at Tru Blooms Chicago,
"Each bottle is a piece of history and a symbol of civic pride"
Looking for local Chicago arts and goods
when you're here?
While you can find Chicago-centric products throughout the city, we've
put together an insider's guide to shop like a local while you're here.
Locations Throughout Chicago)
After having started their reign in Chicago goods and crafts
with their custom framing services, Foursided has grown to bring the
Chicago imagination to life with art, custom framing, ephemera and local
antiques. With unique and quirky gifts for the local urban dweller or the
souvenir-seeker, Foursided is sure to have you singing a Chicago tune on your
way out, Foursided bag in hand.
Sacred Art (4619 N.
Located in Chicago's Northside ‘hood Lincoln Square, Sacred Art represents
over 100 Chicago-based and Chicago-influenced artists. With the goal of
supporting independent artists in the Chicago area, Sacred Art provides guests with
an inviting environment in which to browse and buy original Chicago-centric artwork.
The neighborhood of Andersonville prides itself on its
dedicated support of locally owned businesses and small independent artists,
and the Andersonville Galleria represents just that. In the heart of the thriving
Andersonville retail corridor, the Andersonville Galleria is home to 90 artists
and retailers offering apparel, jewelry, artwork, home furnishings, giftware,
and accessories, all made right here in the 312 area code.