What Makes a Great Chicago Gift?
Thanks for coming by – if you love Chicago as much as I do and live here or plan to visit – feel free to answer ONE (or all) of the questions below. Leave your answer in the comment section. This will help us create better gift lists – as there are so many items we could mention. But we prefer your input. Thanks in advance! 🙂
- What are your favorite Chicago restaurants? And why?
- If you’re a traveler – what Chicago landmarks or attractions do you always visit when you come here? Or which do you want to visit that you never have?
- As a local or traveler – what do you MOST love about Chicago?
This is a unique list of what I think those traveling to Chicago would love. From the usual mugs and t-shirts to a few more original ideas; see my top six picks. Where to get them? Most can be found and purchased online. Hope you enjoy my picks – if so, let me know. As always do spread the word; if you find this list 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 share program that lets you rent a bike by the hour or for a 24 hour period – which you can use to attend an outdoor concert, a Summer festival or take a downtown stroll, bike ride through 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 Chicago souvenir gift idea for your current or next trip to Chicago or to give to a friend. For complete details on how renting a bike through the Divvy bike share program works, please visit the Divvy website.
It’s a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around.
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, but there are plenty other designs to choose from. Have a look at either link above.
3. Chicago Souvenir Mug –
We went to (eBay) again and did a search for Chicago themed gift mugs and tons came up. 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 the 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. And many more.
4. Chicago Dabble 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 gift recipient, then we think a gift certificate from (Dabble Chicago) should fit the bill. Dabble is a marketplace of classes and workshops. So many to choose from that it’s fun to browse through all the offerings. And all classes and workshops are local. Want to learn how to salsa or make your very own craft beer, create a website, make soap at home, cook a certain cuisine, 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 gift idea. *sidenote: I just noticed I tend to mention Dabble a lot on this site and probably will continue to do so, because I think what they do and offer is great – so am spreading the good word. 🙂
5. Chicago Attractions Pass, City Pass
The Chicago City Pass is a multi-attraction pass that allows you to visit 5 premium city attractions at 50% off the regular admission rate. 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 at 50% off with the Chicago City Pass: Shedd Aquarium, SkyDeck Chicago, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Science and Industry or the new! 360 Skydeck Observation Deck. This PASS is a HUGE MONEY SAVER. You can grab the Chicago City Pass here – then just enjoy your trip.
6. Chicago Themed Shot Glass –
The old stand by, this item is one many collect and since it’s 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. 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 Chicago souvenir.
Next up: Chicago Cubs Gift Ideas for True Blue Fans
Stay tuned! As we cover awesome gift ideas aimed at Chicago Cubbies fans.
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