Looking for some one-of-a-kind decorations or gifts for your home and family that you won't find at a big box store? We've got three shops with offerings that are anything but cookie cutter:
2338 N. Clark St., Chicago; aaronsapothecary.com
This boutique pharmacy is so much more than a place to pick up prescriptions. The chic, vintage ambience was inspired by the old world charm of historic apothecaries and the gifts and holiday décor reflect owner Aaron Pietrykowski's savvy taste and world travels.
5739 N. Clark St., Chicago; gethsemanegardens.com
Don't just choose a Christmas tree here, although the holiday greenery certainly is among the finest selections in Chicago. Venture inside the festive gift shop where stunning visuals and extraordinary ornaments await
934 W. Armitage, Chicago; shoparteffect.com
From hip onesies bearing amusing one-liners for infants to the hilarious Moustache Grower's Guide for facial hair-challenged daddies, this whimsical shop has cool gifts and a sense of humor. Moms will love the serious jewelry selection.
Linda made it a goal to try out every kid-friendly venue in Chicago, which she chronicles in her Chicago Parent Good-to-Go column.
See more of Linda's stories here.