Category: Illinois- Chicago

Shop Small Day 301: Latinicity

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about a local shop- though I have several I need to catch up on- today’s is perfect for this weekend. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Sure, mom appreciates breakfast in bed (as long as you do the dishes too), but brunch is usually a more popular choice,... Read more »

Shop Small Challenge #299: Glazed & Infused

I certainly don’t proclaim to be a doughnut connoisseur, but when my sister spotted a shop she’s wanted to try one afternoon in the city, who am I to disagree?! Even if doughnuts aren’t your first-choice for sweets, you’ll definitely find one you like here. Glazed and Infused takes their doughnut creations to a “hole”... Read more »

Shop Small Challenge #298: The Kitchen

It’s been almost a year since I had one of the best meals of my life, in one of my favorite cities none the less. While some people feel rejuvenated at the beach, I’ll take the mountains any day. Given the choice, I’d hop on a plane back to Boulder, Colorado to eat here again.... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 271: WeDeliver

I know the story, city friends. You want to shop small but parking is a nightmare, and it’s just so convenient having something shipped to your door. Right? You just lost your excuse. How does same-day delivery from some of your favorite small businesses in Chicago sound? It’s all possible with the great folks at... Read more »

Shop Small Day 267: Small Business Saturday

 Anthropologie enthusiasts will love the cozy home feeling of <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/shop-small-2013/2013/05/day-129-room-363/" target="_blank">Room 363</a>.  Fabulous clothing, decor, and hand-crafted items.
Had your fill of Black Friday craziness? If you’ve waited all year for Small Business Saturday to shop small, thanks for finally joining us! Time to shop local and bring some love to our neighborhood stores. Throughout the year I’ve found some incredible shops for everyone on your list. You could, quite easily, finish all... Read more »

Shop Small Day 254: International Dinner

A couple of years ago I hosted Christmas Eve for my family. Since it was at my house, I figured I could put a little spin on the menu. So, in my natural “tree-hugging” spirit we created a Peace on Earth/Christmas Around the World International dinner. The meal was less about making sure all of... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 253: Holiday Markets, part 2

Ok, city friends. Part 2 of favorite holiday markets is a little closer to home for you. Shopping small stores is fantastic, especially this time of the year, but markets are cool too because you find a ton of people passionate about their crafts. The more support these vendors receive at these markets may lead... Read more »

Shop Small Day 234: September Updates

Wow! Almost 10 months into this challenge of shopping small. Although I’m not ready to even think about Christmas and cold weather, I am looking forward to buying holiday gifts from some of the amazing stores I have found throughout the year. Not to mention new ones that I’ve heard are opening soon. There are... Read more »

Shop Small Day 220: Closings, changes, and updates

Here we go again. Two more small businesses are about to close their doors. This is, by far, the most frustrating part of this challenge: watching incredible shops say goodbye. Granted, some are retiring, some move out of state, but, for the most part, it’s difficult competing with the chains. However, none of those answers... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 212: City Soles

I’ve said it a thousand times before. Shoe designers listen up!  Someone is missing a HUGE market. By the time my daughter reached 6th grade she wore the same size shoe as me; now in 7th, she’s a size bigger. Good luck finding quality women’s size shoes that are appropriate for twelve year old girls.... Read more »