Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Chicago

Souvenir Shopping Part 1, Chicago

It would be a pity to leave Chicago without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Chicago, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: USA » Chicago (See other walking tours in Chicago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: Daniel
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Chicago Architecture Foundation Gift Shop

1) Chicago Architecture Foundation Gift Shop

What to buy here: Frank Lloyd Wright Memory Game.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, famous for Pennsylvania’s Fallingwater and New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, had a home and studio in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. Up until his death in 1959 he created more than 1,000 structures and 500 works. His interests in nature and geometric shapes are visible in many of his works, including the Robie House on the University of Chicago campus. Fans of Wright young and old will enjoy the Frank Lloyd...   view more
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Jazz Record Mart

2) Jazz Record Mart

What to buy here: Chicago Blues CD.

Former athlete and politician Ralph Metcalfe once said, “Anywhere in the world you hear a Chicago bluesman play, it’s a Chicago sound born and bred.” Chicago blues got its start on street corners, but quickly gained popularity and moved into clubs around the city and the world. Muddy Waters, often referred to as the father of modern Chicago blues, has influenced everyone from The Rolling Stones, named after his song “Rollin’ Stone,” to AC/DC and...   view more
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Vosges Haut-Chocolat Downtown Boutique

3) Vosges Haut-Chocolat Downtown Boutique

What to buy here: Bacon + Chocolate Gift Box.

It’s no secret Chicagoans love pork – their annual Baconfest proves it. And while bacon is delicious on a hamburger or alongside your morning eggs, Chicago chocolatier Vosges has coupled it with another of life’s guilty pleasures – chocolate. Vosges’ Mo’s Bacon Bar mixes 45 percent deep milk chocolate with fine nibbles of hickory-smoked bacon. The bar retails for $7.50. For the ultimate sweet and salty gift box, try their Bacon +...   view more
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Garrett Popcorn

4) Garrett Popcorn

What to buy here: Garrett Popcorn.

There are two indications you’re near a Garrett Popcorn Shop – the smell of cheese and caramel goodness wafting in the air, and the long line snaked around the block. Garrett Popcorn Shops have been popping kernels in old-fashioned copper kettles since they first opened at 10 W. Madison St. in 1949. Indulge in the Chicago Mix, a blend of caramel and cheese corn – the mix of sweet and salty is not as crazy as it sounds. Fill a souvenir Chicago skyline...   view more
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Saks Fith Ave

5) Saks Fith Ave

What to buy here: Chicago Skyline Snow Globe.

In February 2011, 20.2 inches of snow fell on Chicago, making it the Windy City’s third worst snowstorm after blizzards in 1967 and 1999. The average Chicago winter generates 38 inches of snow (Fall through Spring), but you can make it snow year-round on the city’s skyscrapers with a snow globe. Saks Fifth Avenue’s exclusive musical snow globe features all the landmark buildings, including the Willis Tower, Chicago Theater, Tribune Tower,...   view more
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Lego Store

6) Lego Store

What to buy here: Lego Willis Tower.

Chicago’s Willis Tower (formally Sears Tower) was the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1973 and is still the tallest building in the US. Brave travelers can venture out onto its 103rd-story glass balconies on the recently renovated Skydeck to get a bird’s eye view of 1,353 feet below. Bring a slightly smaller version of the landmark skyscraper to your living room with a Lego kit. The kit includes detailed instructions to create a...   view more
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Tiffany and Co

7) Tiffany and Co

What to buy here: Tiffany Elsa Peretti Bean Pendant.

Though it’s official name is “Cloud Gate,” the 33-by-66-by-42-feet stainless steel Millennium Park centerpiece is affectionately known by locals and tourists alike as “the bean.” The design by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor was selected in a competition and unveiled in the park on May 15, 2006. Since then the bean’s unique reflective properties have made it a photography hotspot in the city. Carry the likeness of Cloud...   view more

Walking Tours in Chicago, Illinois

Nightlife Tour, Part 1

Nightlife Tour, Part 1

Legendary Cocktail Lounges play an important part in Chicago's nightlife. Here you can feel the city pulsing with the beat of extraordinary performances of live jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. At Chicago's cocktail lounges you can meet the trendiest people and relax over the magnificent cocktails. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous cocktail lounges that Chicago has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Discovering Chinatown

Discovering Chinatown

Located in the Armour Square, the Chinatown in Chicago was first established in 1912. It is considered the best example of American Chinatown. Here, you will find a wide range of unique boutiques, specialty shops, amazing religious buildings, Chinese medicine stores and Chinese restaurants. Take this walking tour to discover Chicago's Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District

Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District

Chicago features an outstanding architectural legacy. This city has long been connected with some of architecture's most important names: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and Holabird & Root. The Loop District offers an extensive number of Chicago's famous architectural "must-see" buildings such as Old Post Office, Sears Tower, Old St. Patrick's Church, or Rookery Building. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous constructions of the Loop District, Chicago.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Shopping Tour

Shopping Tour

Chicago offers a wide variety of shopping experience, from upscale boutiques, unique shops to discount outlet malls, and everything in between. Don't miss a great entertaining experience. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous shopping destinations in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Nightlife Tour Part 2

Nightlife Tour Part 2

Legendary Cocktail Lounges play an important part in Chicago's nightlife. Here you can feel the city pulsing with the beat of extraordinary performances of live jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. At Chicago's cocktail lounges you can meet the trendiest people and relax over the magnificent cocktails. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous cocktail lounges that Chicago has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Chicago without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Chicago, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.9 km

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