Explore Chicago’s Buy Local Guide: Gifts For Men

Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply

Start checking off your holiday shopping list! Explore Chicago encourages you to support local businesses during this 2011 holiday season as part of  a city-wide “Buy Local” campaign. From home brewing supplies to used records and gadgets to unique accessories and apparel, check out our locally-owned recommendations for gifts catered to the men in your life.

Bev Art: Carrying a full line of supplies, get all the materials your guy needs to make his own wine or beer at Bev Art Brewer & Winemaker Supply. Bev Art carries wine juice and kits year round selected from where great wine is made all over the world as well as beer supplies such as White Labs liquid yeasts. Also offering a variety of weekly beer and winemaking classes, you can also get him started with an all-inclusive class gift certificate or book a class online. (10033 S. Western Ave, Beverly)

Transistor: Equal parts art gallery, bookstore, CD & record shop, specialty audio electronics boutique, and more, Transistor is a community-driven mecca for various gadgets. The store also features free film screenings, live performances, a webcast and workshops. (5045 N. Clark St, North Center)

Dusty Groove America: Specializing in jazz, funk and soul, this record store is known worldwide for being one of the best places to buy vinyl. (1120 N. Ashland Ave, Ukrainian Village)

Gramaphone Records: Great for DJs or avid vinyl collectors, Gramaphone Records has been around since 1969. Though they specialize in dance classics and house records, and have one of the largest selections of techno, drum and bass, and dubstep in Chicago, they also have a great selection of other genres. (2843 N. Clark St, Lakeview)

SIR Spa: Guys need a chance to pamper themselves too, and this full service day spa treatment center offers the best day spa experience for men including spa packages, a plethora of body massages, wraps & scrubs, nail grooming, face treatments, waxing and more. (5151 N. Clark St, Andersonville)

Shrine: True to its name, this retailer is a treasure trove for men’s accessories. “Committed to making the world’s finest and most obscure artisan-crafted men’s accessories available to all”, Shrine’s products are entirely handmade, from cufflinks and neckties to headwear and more. (47 E. Oak St, Gold Coast)

Haberdash: Enjoy a comfortable contemporary space and super customer service at this one-stop men’s shop. Haberdash features the perfect mix of quality and well-fitting clothing, shoes and accessories for modern weekend and workday styles. With two locations, this retailer specializing in modern tradition offers men a well-rounded collection of rare brands. (1350 N. Wells St, Old Town & 607 N. State St, Streeterville)

Bonnie&Clyde’s: One of Chicago’s premier luxury lifestyle unisex boutiques, Bonnie&Clyde’s serves as a conduit for new art, fashion, music and culture from Chicago and beyond. While primarily a clothing boutique, they also display and sell fine art, limited edition prints, and hard to find, artistic publications. Project Runway fans will be excited to find designs by winners Christian Siriano and Jeffrey Sebelia, as well as fashion icons like Vivienne Westwood and Rick Owens. (1751 W. Division St, Ukrainian Village)

Syd Jerome: Located in the Loop for 50 years and awarded “The A-List” sector of the “Best in Class” by Esquire magazine, Syd Jerome is a true menswear specialist store. The shop provides custom suiting as well as suits by designers such as Zegna, Armani, Canali and Brioni. (2 N. LaSalle St, Loop)

Mister Kay’s: Mister Kay designs and makes everything you will see at his ultra high-end apparel shop that has attracted a celebrity following including Steve Harvey and Snoop Dogg. (1719 E. 87th St, Avalon Park)

A Step Above: Visit this boutique for fine menswear and accessories. A Step Above has some of the finest leather shoes made in the mountains of Italy, as well as other exotic skins such as peccary, alligator, crocodile and ostrich. (1520 E. 87th St, Avalon Park)

Thr3ee Boutique: Thr3ee Boutique is a premium men’s lifestyle boutique specializing in their very own brand called Chii Clothing Culture, which is manufactured in Chicago in Thr3ee Boutique’s own facility. Thr3ee Boutique also offers many other local designers as well as exclusive brands from around the country. (1632 W. Division St, Wicker Park)

Brims & Accessories: With the motto “Where style always starts on top”, you’ll find a wide selection of hats, caps and accessories that fit any occasion. Brims & Accessories has just about any hat style you could think of, whether he’s off to take care of business or just hanging out with the guys. (1524 E. 87th St, Avalon Park)

For more information about Local First Chicago‘s UnWrap Chicago: Eat, Drink & Buy Local 2011 campaign, visit www.unwrapchicago.org.

For more information on shopping and dining in Chicago’s neighborhoods, visit www.explorechicago.org/neighborhoods.