Give the Gift of the City

Chicago Cultural Center Shop

Going to visit your relatives in that tiny (charming!) rural (quaint!) Iowa town for the holidays?  Of course you'll want to bring a little somethin-somethin to express your utmost appreciation for the opportunity to get out of the hectic urban environment for a few days.  Perhaps a hostess gift with a little taste of Chicago would be a personal and appropriate thank you from you, the “big city cousin.” 

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs has a plethora of holiday gift ideas from three stores and two online shops: The Chicago Cultural Center, the City of Chicago store at the Historic Pumping Station, the Gallery37 store, and

Some ideas from the Cultural Center include a set of Chicago seasonings by the Spice House, with flavors like Chicago Deep Dish, Bronzeville Rib Rub, Pilsen Latino seasoning and Old Taylor Street cheese sprinkle ($5.95-7.95), or a set of Chicago ball park cufflinks featuring original wood from Wrigley Field or the old Comiskey Park seats set in sterling silver ($150 per set). At the Pumping Station, get an authentic Chicago flag ($50-68.95) or the 2009 official City of Chicago calendar ($12).

For a personal and artistic touch, purchase at the Gallery37 store a piece artwork created by Chicago teens participating in the After School Matters program. Proceeds from the store directly fund after-school programs for teens in the After School Matters program.
So Uncle Ed in Iowa can feel good knowing he helped out a Chicago teen by accepting your generous gift. Everyone wins.

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