If you have some last minute holiday shopping to do, especially for out-of-towners, why not get them a gift with some Chicago flair?

For years, the hardworking folks at the Chicagoist blog have made regular posts on this topic. Here are some of my favorite Windy City gift ideas they’ve come up with.

Chicago Christmas Cards

These adorable cards portray the Chicago flag with tinsel and ornaments and boast the slogan “Celebrate Early. Celebrate Often.” Very Chi-Town.

Intelligentsia Gift Box Set

A great Chicago coffee brand and a four-star-flag mug to drink it in – what more does one need?

Vienna Beef Chicago-Style Hotdog Kits

An excellent way to give loved ones a taste of Chicago – everything one needs for a great Chicago Dog, and of course, NO ketchup.

Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizzas

If you’ve ever wanted to ship an authentic Chicago deep dish pizza directly to friends or family, Lou Malnati’s has you covered. Their selection is extensive, and they ship nationally.

CTA Gifts

If someone in your family owns a shower curtain that does not depict the Chicago Transit Authority rail network or has jewelry not set with vintage El tokens, the CTA gift shop can remedy the situation.

Chicago Neighborhoods Poster

Anyone who has lived in Chicago will appreciate this vintage poster of Chicago’s many neighborhoods.

The Dark Knight DVD

Not only is this a critically acclaimed film, but it was shot on location in good ol’ Chicago. See if your friends and family can spot the scenes set on LaSalle and Wacker Streets, Millennium Station, and Trump Tower.

Is there a great Chicago-style gift I forgot to include? Chime in with a comment and tell me what it is!


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  • Jenny

    The Time Traveller's Wife, by Audrey Niffeneger (sp?). The book takes place in Chicago and I was amazed at the level of accuracy and details she put into it. Even mentions my favorite Thai joint up in my old neighborhood! Plus it is simply a great, great read.

  • Jenny

    The Time Traveller's Wife, by Audrey Niffeneger (sp?). The book takes place in Chicago and I was amazed at the level of accuracy and details she put into it. Even mentions my favorite Thai joint up in my old neighborhood! Plus it is simply a great, great read.