Explore Chicago’s Buy Local Guide: Cooking and Homeware Gifts

The Spice House

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 hand-prepared spices to eco-friendly furnishings, check out our locally-owned recommendations for cooking and homeware gifts.

The Spice House: Follow the aroma to this spice shop specializing in the highest quality of spices and herbs. Cooks, whether casual or expert, appreciate its variety of hand-selected and hand-prepared spices, both expected and exotic. Be sure to ask about the Chicago Neighborhood blends. (1512 N. Wells St, Old Town)

Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand: A year-round “farmers market” stocking hundreds of  products (many of them organic) from within 250 miles of Chicago, Chicago’s Downtown Farmstand includes sustainably-grown fresh produce and edibles produced by local companies. Delight the food-lover on your holiday list with a customized gift basket of Chicago food treats from the Farmstand. Choose from local cookbooks, artisanal crackers, cookies, Roof-top Honey, neighborhood-inspired seasoning blends, and more. We’ll turn your selection into a beautiful arrangement. (66 E. Randolph St, Loop)

The Chopping Block: Besides offering a plethora of fantastic cooking classes and demos to help hone your skills in the kitchen, The Chopping Block provides a collection of the finest culinary equipment and books to choose from for all your cooking endeavors. (4747 N. Lincoln Ave, Lincoln Square)

Jayson Home and Garden: This one-of-a-kind Lincoln Park boutique features sophisticated, unique furnishings and stylish accent pieces and accessories for the home, as well as a wide selection of plants, flowers and other products for your garden. (1885 N. Clybourn Ave, Lincoln Park)

Found Re: Furnishings: Specializing in handmade custom frames and furniture, all products found here are made using recycled, reclaimed, and salvaged materials found locally around the city and have been given new purpose.  You can also find a variety of antiques, art, mirrors, lamps, and other treasures.  (2151 W. Division St, Wicker Park)

P.O.S.H. Chicago: Located in River North’s historic Tree Studios, the rustic, cozy interior of P.O.S.H. is filled an eclectic assortment of unique housewares, from antique and vintage tableware and glassware to hotel silver and restaurant china and dinnerware. (613 N. State St, River North)

Scout: This urban antique shop has been an Andersonville fixture for years. Owner Larry Vodak’s penchant for juxtaposing timeless utility with second-hand comfort is evident in the simple and stylish pieces found throughout the store. (5221 N. Clark St, Andersonville)

Broadway Antique Market: With 75 dealers and over 25,000 square feet of showroom space, this ‘vintage department store’ has every antique imaginable, with an emphasis on mid-century modern furniture, costume jewelry and art deco pieces. (6130 N. Broadway Ave, Edgewater)

MCA Store: The Museum of Contemporary Art Store is no ordinary museum gift shop with its impressive collection of contemporary home furnishings, as well as unique gifts, personal accessories and artwork that appeals to shoppers of discerning taste and style. (220 E. Chicago Ave, Streeterville)

Edgewater Antique Mall: Every era in the 20th century is represented by interesting, hand-selected antiques and vintage pieces at the Edgewater Antique Mall, where 45 vendors deal in an ever-changing selection of furniture, accessories, adornments, decorative arts and other finds. (6314 N. Broadway Ave, Edgewater)

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.