The Craft Beer Store: Mix and match custom six packs (or buy individual bottles) of 200-plus varieties of beer, plus a tap room and tasting events.
Curtis Frame Back Alley Gallery: Original works—paintings, prints, ornaments, jewelry and more—from local artists on display in a gallery attached to a custom-framing shop.
The Serendipity Shop: Handbags, women’s clothing (including one-of-a-kind T-shirts), jewelry and gifts in a shop operated by a grandmother-mother-daughter trio.
Firkin: Head down a side alley to find the entrance, then try sausages and artisanal cheese from regional purveyors, plus burgers and a vast beer list.
The Gift Box: Since 1947, Scandinavian imports, including tableware, textiles, clogs and traditional food items like lutefisk (frozen).
The Little Traveler: More than 35 rooms of fashion, home decor, children’s clothing and fair-trade products, plus an on-site cafe.
S G Geneva—Scentimental Gardens: Antiques from around the world, plus plants and home and garden decor.
Chianti’s: Hearty Italian dishes served in small or large portions all day, plus views of the historic courthouse.
Burseth Farm: Soaps, bath bombs, lotions, masks and even caramels made with milk from the local farm’s alpine goats.
Material Things Artisan Market: Works for sale might include handmade books, fiber art, fused glass, jewelry and more.
Read Between the Lynes: Indie and kids titles, plus best sellers, fresh-brewed coffee and a section of food items like honey.
Ethereal Confections: Artisan bean-to-bar chocolate, plus a cafe offering coffee, cocktails, desserts and small plates.
Komoda: Cards, books, jewelry, toys and soaps, plus unusual finds in Smith Park.
Neighborly: Tote bags, throw pillows, kitchenware, art prints and kids’ items (like Chicago-flag onesies), most by indie makers, in Ravenswood.
Space 519: An upscale general store with women’s fashions, home decor and gifts (a block off North Michigan Avenue).
Whimsical Candy: Small-batch sweets (like chocolate-dipped nougat-caramel La-Dee-Dahs) in a cute Loop spot.
Little Luxuries: Rustic meets elegant with home decor, candles, custom floral design and gifts.
Peace: Yoga-inspired boutique featuring mindful items such as natural body products, eco-friendly clothing and crystals, plus an essential-oils bar.
Twisted Olive Imports: More than two dozen varieties of olive oil, plus balsamic vinegars (including signature aged varieties), gourmet olives and a selection of wines.
The Craftsman by Two Brothers: Three stories, three options—a market cafe, a farm-to-table tavern or a high-end cocktail bar. Featuring local Two Brothers beers and coffees.
Calico Cat—A Gift Boutique: A wide variety of games, greeting cards, candles, clocks, birdhouses, chocolates and other gifty fare.
Mother Goosebumps: Specialty children’s items: on-trend clothing, books, accessories (like hair bows) and toys, including super-soft plush animals.
Dovetail Rivet and Stitch: Works such as pottery and metal art by local and national artists displayed gallery-style.
Landmark Cafe and Creperie: Crepes served either as entrees or dessert, plus a full menu, including the popular spinach bisque.
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