Check out the Block Club Reader’s Choice 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

CHICAGO – Chicagoans can show their love for small businesses by buying local this holiday season.

Block Club has featured over 140 small businesses in our neighborhood gift guides, hoping to give those businesses a boost when they need it most.

But we knew we couldn’t showcase all the stores in Chicago. So we asked readers to submit their favorite companies and manufacturers.

As always, our readers delivered: Over 140 entries have been submitted to our reader gift guide, covering everything from candle shops to jewelry makers and clothing boutiques. There are stores from Rogers Park to Austin, Garfield, Beverly and beyond.

We’ve compiled the submissions into a searchable guide:

* Block Club has not verified prices, times, etc. that have been submitted to the guide. Some integers have been edited for clarity and length. If you spot an error, let us know by sending an email to

And here are some spots:

Beautify Chicago

4161 N. Lincoln Ave. Website.

Embellish largely works with local and independent designers to provide unique jewelry, accessories and gift items. You can find everything from earrings to winter scarves and bath balms in the store.

Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday during holidays. 773-525-4400.

Lady J Apothecary


Lady J Apothecary, an online store based in Uptown, offers luxury personal care items. You can get organic tea blends, smear sticks, lotion, and more. The store also offers gift boxes.

Order online.

Pixie dust salts


This North Lawndale-based online store offers the perfect gift for the foodie in your life: culinary seating salts. They are hand dried with fresh ingredients and support other West Side farmers.

Order online. The last day to order for the holidays is December 10th.


4703 avenue N. Damen. Website.

You can purchase household items, jewelry and baby clothes at this Ravenswood gift shop. Among its offerings are baby booties with adorable designs – including cupcakes and ice cream cones – on top, crystal earrings, and funky socks.

Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. 773-878-1566.

The silver room

1506 E. 53rd Street Website.

The Silver Room offers everything from clothing to music, jewelry, books and household items. You can order in line or stop by the store to give everyone on your list a gift.

Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 773-947-0024.

Pinion and Stone

1013 E. 53rd Street Website.

Need a gift for a four-legged friend? Hyde Park’s Sprocket & Stone is a friendly neighborhood pet store where you can purchase treats, gear, food and accessories for your pets. You can order in line or visit in person. It offers delivery to the inhabitants of the region.

Open 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 773-966-4777.

Women gallery

2150 S. Canalport Ave., 4A-3. Website.

Woman Made Gallery provides space for women and non-binary artists, including trans and genderqueer people. You can stop by the gallery to see his work – or you can purchase pieces in line.

Gallery open from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, from noon to 4 p.m. from Friday to Saturday. 312-738-0400.

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