Shopping for gifts is easy when you’re in downtown Chicago. There are so many stores and shops that you’re bound to find the perfect present. While the Magnificent Mile is the most famous shopping district, and State Street is booming again, there are boutiques and unique shops in every neighborhood. We’ve found the best local shops in River North for shopping this holiday season.
Finding the perfect gift for the art lovers in your life is easy in River North. The neighborhood is known for its gallery district, featuring the highest concentration of art galleries outside of Manhattan. Whether you’re looking for contemporary or classic, paintings or sculptures, you can find it at one of these upscale spaces.
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind pieces for someone who treasures vintage and antiques, be sure to visit P.O.S.H. This exclusive housewares store offers an eclectic collection of hotel and estate silver, restaurant China and dinnerware, and unique flea market finds. The owners scour the markets of Europe to purchase unique items that can’t be found anywhere else. Just visiting the store is a treat because it’s located in the historic Tree Studio building.
The scribe in your life will appreciate a gift from the Paper Source. While they now have more than a hundred stores, the original opened in 1983 under the El tracks in River North. It’s the perfect place to find stationery and writing needs. You can order custom stamps and embossing tools, and if you’re creatively inclined you can get the tools to make your own gifts.
Fashionistas flock to Veruca Salt, a small boutique near the Chicago River and the famous East Bank Club. The well-curated collection of designer apparel for both women and men has made this specialty boutique a destination. In addition to clothing, they’ve also got accessories, jewelry, bags and purses, and home decor.
You don’t need to stroll Michigan Avenue to find the perfect gift this holiday season. Just head to River North for these local stores and more.