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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chicago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
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
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

The art world in Chicago is considered vast. There is a large number of art galleries in this city and each gallery has its own unique setup and outstanding exhibitions on display. The beautiful galleries feature works in a wide range of fields, from up-and-coming artists to famous artists like Pablo Picasso. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most famous galleries in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km
Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

Chicago offers a wide range of amazing green outdoor spaces. Grant and Millennium are two lakefront parks, that represent the city's progressive design streak from the 19th century to the 21st. These parks feature amazing architecture and design. Take this walk to explore the beauties the two parks have to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Best Jazz & Blues Clubs Tour

Best Jazz & Blues Clubs Tour

Chicago is considered to be one of the most important destinations where Jazz & Blues developed. In the 1920s this city became a center of hot jazz. At the same time blues started to invade Chicago. So if you are a fan of Jazz and/or Blues or you simply like listening to great music, take this walking tour and don't miss the chance to visit some of the best Jazz & Blues clubs in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
The Magnificent Mile Area Walk

The Magnificent Mile Area Walk

The Magnificent Mile is located between the Chicago River and the Lake Shore Drive. It is considered one of the great avenues of the world, being Chicago's version of the Champs-Elysees. Take this walk to explore the Magnificent Mile boulevard and the surrounding area, that features a wide selection of amazing shops, world-known museums, restaurants and spectacular architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 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

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