Thanks for coming by – if you love Chicago as much as I do and live here or plan to visit – feel free to answer any ONE (or all) of the questions below. Leave your answer in the comment section.
1. What are your favorite restaurants in the city? And why?
2. If you’re a traveler – what landmarks or attractions do you always visit when you come here? And why?
3. What do you MOST love about Chicago?
First let me say this isn’t an official list made by a gift expert, but my own opinion on what I think those traveling to Chitown would love. From the usual mugs and t-shirts to a few more original ideas are all included in my list. And most can be found and purchased online. Hope you enjoy my picks – if so, let me know via my social media channels. As always do spread the word, if you find this article helpful, fun or informative – please share on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest pretty please. (and Thank you!) 🙂
1. Chicago Divvy Gift Pass –
Divvy is an exclusive Chicago bike rental program that lets you rent a bike by the hour or for a 24 hour period and use it to attend an outdoor concert, make it to a Summer festival, take a stroll through downtown, ride in Grant park, etc. The stations are located plentifully throughout the city and they’re easy to spot as the bikes are baby blue in color and usually lined up in busy areas. A Divvy gift pass would make a great souvenir idea for your current or next trip to Chicago or to give to a friend. For complete details on how renting a bike through Divvy works, please their website.
2. Chicago Themed Shirt –
There are a ton of awesome and cute Chicago themed t shirts on eBay, our fave online shop. For women, men and kids – from the funny to the artsy and to sports related tees – they have quite the collection to browse and choose from. We quite liked the Chicago skyline shirt pictured below that comes from eBay seller Ann Arbor T Shirt Company, but there are plenty other designs to choose from. Have a look at either link above.
3. Chicago Souvenir Mug –
We went again to (eBay) and did a search for Chicago themed gift mugs and tons came up. Tons. eBay has a fantastic collection of gift mugs for the Chicagoan in you or to give as a souvenir gift. From steins to collectibles and landmark themed mugs to the popular Starbucks Chicago collector mugs. Most of these Starbucks cups I think are discontinued so they’re hard to find at store level, but there are quite a few vintage models on eBay. From the many that are available (non-Starbucks related), we like this Windy City mug. So very cute! 🙂
4. Chicago Dabble Activity Gift Card –
Sometimes an activity makes for a great gift idea. Some people love to do as opposed to shop. If this describes you or your giftee, then we think a gift certificate from Dabble should fit the bill. Dabble is a marketplace of classes and workshops – all kinds – so very many to choose from, it takes a bit of time to browse through all the offerings. They have a Chicago portal, so when you choose this as your city at the top of the Dabble website, all classes are here local. Want to learn how to salsa or make a mean Mojito drink, or sew, knit etc – it’s all here. The gift card page can be seen at this link and you can order cards in different denominations starting at $20 – all the way up to $200. What a fun and unique Chicago souvenir idea. *Sidenote: I just noticed I tend to mention Dabble a lot on this site and probably will continue to do so, that it might seem I work for them. I do not. I just think what they do and offer is great, so am spreading the good word.
5. Chicago Attractions Pass, The Go Chicago Card –
The Go Chicago Card is a multi-attraction pass that allows you to visit up to 25 city attractions at one inclusive price. This pass will SAVE you tons of money and is a great gift idea for anyone coming to visit. These are just some of the attractions you’ll get to visit for FREE with the Go Chicago Card: Shedd Aquarium, SkyDeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Children’s Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Brookfield Zoo, Art Institute of Chicago and so much more. You can grab the Go Chicago pass online here via this link, then just enjoy as many attractions as you can.
6. Chicago Themed Shot Glass –
The old stand by, this one is one many collect and since its inexpensive, is great for gift giving as well. Some peeps like to collect a shot glass from every city or state they visit along with magnets. If you want a cool Chicago themed shot glass, we found a great collection of them online via eBay. See a few below and or just head straight to eBay and browse around to see what catches your fancy. You can narrow down your search by price, category, new or used, collectible, etc. Shot glasses almost always make for a nice souvenir.
Disclosure: I’m an eBay affiliate, so I might make a small commission if you buy through my links above. If so, I thank you and appreciate your patronage.