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3 Secrets to Chicago-Style Gift Giving


With the holidays often comes a lot of stress, particularly around gift giving. Even if your budget isn’t tight, there’s still a lot of pressure to pick just the right gift for all the special people in your life. Lucky for you, some of the best shopping experiences in the country are at your fingertips here in Chicago. Get ready to have your gift-giving in the bag (literally) with this guide from INFINITE.

What’s the Perfect Chicago-Style Gift for My Parents?

What better way to make your mom feel appreciated than by gifting her with little luxuries? Pick up a bottle of Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Magnolia perfume or a box of Frango chocolates at Macy’s on State Street. For your dad, try Sweet Comb Chicago’s beard balm from Cowboys and Astronauts on Summerdale Avenue, or give him a Chicago keepsake like a Glühwein mug from the famous Christkindlmarket, which is being held online for the 2020 holiday season.

What’s the Ultimate “Best Friends in Chicago” Gift?

Often, what makes for the best gifts between friends are experiences that can be shared together. Try skipping the typical candles, tchotchkes, and gift certificates and choose something you can do with your bestie. Treat your friend to a box of donuts from Stan’s, some coffee from INFINITE’s onsite coffee shop, and spend a leisurely morning together in our rooftop lounge.

Get to know the city and its darker history by booking a Chicago Crime Tours ticket, which is currently operating under reduced capacity to ensure everyone’s safety. Or pick up one of the last remaining 2020 à la cards – these won’t be available in 2021, but the 38 restaurants who are participating will accept the 2020 discount cards, which means you and your friends will get to enjoy the best of Chicago cuisine at a great price, all year long.

What Should I Get for My Chicago Sweetheart?

Though it is temporarily closed in compliance with city health directives, tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art make a perfect date (ahem, gift) for you and your boo. You can also take advantage of their online events. Or go window shopping in Hyde Park and let your special someone pick out their own gift at The Silver Room.

Once you’ve checked everyone off your list, kick back and watch a Christmas movie on cable while you wrap your presents and bask in the good fortune of having access to Chicago’s INFINITE options for the perfect holiday gift.


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