Thanksgiving feasts will soon arrive and following will be
the start of the holiday shopping season — thank
you Black Friday and Cyber Monday! And while the most enduring gift is time
spent with those you love — preferably in Chicago during its most festive time
of year — there's also something exciting about getting your friends and loved
ones a special gift for the holidays. For locals and visitors looking to gift
something uniquely Chicago this year, here are a few ideas that fit the bill.
Company: The DiPrizio family set out to honor a family tradition, and one
intrinsically tied to Chicago's history pre-Prohibition, when they started the
Chicago Distilling Company in Logan Square in 2010. Now, their vision to create
a go-to neighborhood spot for no-frills cocktails made with quality,
locally-made spirits, has come into full fruition. Beyond the bar and
distillery, their family recipe is conveniently packaged for holiday
gift-giving. Choose from Shorty (white whiskey), Ceres (vodka) and Finn's
(gin). Or better yet, gift all three with this 3 flask sampler collection.
Optimo Hats: Chicago
has long been a hat-wearing town, a tradition that continues today. To honor
this tradition, or more precisely, tip our hat to the classics, we present you
— The Chicago — a
beautifully-crafted Optimo Hat.
You may have already seen an Optimo. The hats appear in many
movies and on some very well-known heads; Johnny Depp, Jack White and Jay Z to
name a few. Chicagoan and storeowner Graham Thompson is one of the last true
milliners left in the world using the same craft techniques employed decades
ago. They are hat makers in the traditional sense and strive to provide the
right style and fit for each client. The
attention and care given to each hat makes an Optimo hat the luxury gift worth
investing in for that special man in your life.
say... the way to a man's heart is through
his stomach. Without a doubt, Pastoral has warmed many hearts in Chicago
since opening their Lakeview store in 2004. It's rare the person who doesn't
love wine and cheese, making Pastoral's
gourmet gift collections the perfect holiday gift for just about anybody. These
gourmet gifts are thoughtfully constructed to showcase the cheeses we love and
the various ways to enjoy them. More than a typical food gift basket, a
Pastoral cheese and wine gift basket comes in a handcrafted wooden crate filled
with artisan products and an informative insert on where they come from.
The Trotter Project: With gestures of giving at the core of the holiday season,
providing gifts for a cause is one unique way to share in the joy of giving. The Trotter Project (a nonprofit
organization led by Charlie Trotter alumni and designed to educate and inspire
those in the culinary arts, hospitality and service industries) is introducing its
newest image from "Give. Love. Hope." the culinary
art initiative giving food lovers an opportunity to own or gift original,
eye-catching work by renowned food photographer Tim Turner.
This year, give your foodie friend or family member a truly
unique holiday gift. Any donor who contributes $100 or more will receive a
limited-edition, numbered and signed Tim Turner photograph — the introductory
tomato image or Swiss chard, the newest image released in a three-part series.
Turner, a James Beard Award nominee for Best Food Photography and longtime
collaborator of famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, has generously donated his work to benefit The
Trotter Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
For more Chicago gift inspirations, check out this
collection of unique Chicago mementos and gifts.