From sparkling wine to Butter Rum popcorn, hand-crafted kitchenware to alpaca wool beanies, the Illinois Made gift guide has something for everyone on your holiday list.
Great American Popcorn Company is a family owned business specializing in handcrafted confections for over 24 years using non-GMO corn, sourced entirely from American Family Farms. Although they offer online ordering, their in-store shopping experience is truly a wondrous experience with over 350 unique popcorn flavors including Birthday Cake, Buffalo Ranch, Bacon + Cheddar, Butter Rum, Cherry Cheesecake, Cheezy Garlic Bread, Dill-icious, and so many more. Visit them on Galena's Main Street or find all the flavors and shop online here.
Sleepy Creek Vineyards uses homegrown grapes and fruit from local growers to produce exceptional wines on their ten acres of vineyards. Any vino lover would enjoy the gift of a bottle of the 2015 Bull Headed Red - a medium-bodied dry red wine, half aged in American oak and French oak barrels. The grapes are 100% Chambourcin from the central and southern regions of Illinois. Make a day of it and enjoy a full tasting yourself before picking out your favorites to gift. If you can't make it to their vineyard and tasting room, shop all wines online here.
Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch in Makanda specializes in crocheting goods with all natural handspun yarn sheared from the herd of alpacas that call the farm home. They offer beanies, socks, gloves and more that are perfect for keeping cozy during the colder months to come. Their store is open to visit October-December, Monday-Friday 12pm to 4pm. If you're making the trip, considering booking a tour of the farm where you can hand feed and interact with the Alpaca's before picking out the perfect gift. You can also shop all products online here.
Dearborn Denim handcrafts jeans in their Chicago shops (with locations in Andersonville and Hyde Park), each pair custom hemmed for the best fit possible. Their 100% cotton denim is sourced from the last remaining denim mills in the country. Grab a pair for the denim-lover in your life. Visit one of their stores or shop online here.
Swoon Living creates hand-blown glassware transformed into incredible revolving wine glasses and decanters, perfect for gifting your holiday party host. The shop also sells candles and crafts wood pieces like city skylines and bottle openers that are created from locally sourced Illinois reclaimed barn wood and local Maple and Walnut timber. Products are also available for online purchase here.
Named for “You Are Beautiful,” a global project that aims to better the world in little ways, the You Are Beautiful storefront in Chicago (3368 N. Elston St., Chicago) is the official headquarters of artist Matthew Hoffman. Hoffman creates public art displays that spread positive messages to public spaces around the world and now you can share that message with loved ones for the holidays through stationary, clothing and more. Currently, Hoffman has more than 30 pieces featured in the Chicagoland area including the Illinois Office of Tourism #AmazingForAll art installation in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. Browse in store daily from 11:00-7:00 or shop all products here.