A Chicagonista lives, loves, and breathes everything Chicago, so I’m often on a lookout for some new items that I find interesting for a Chicago lover. I hope to continue this throughout the holidays, but here are my first TOP FIVE MUST BUY GIFTS FOR CHICAGO LOVERS that is sure to cause a gaper’s delay!

Make sure to read down below on how to enter for a chance to win each of the items on this list!





A curated collection of photographs from the Chicago Tribune’s @vintagetribune Instagram account featuring moments from the past to illuminate the lives of everyday Chicagoans through the decades. What if Instagram had existed in 1932? That’s what this book is all about. It shares not the famous, history-making photos we’re all familiar with but rather the offbeat, gritty, sometimes strange images that happened between the well-documented events that make up the city’s official biography.


LOOP: The Elevated Card Game



A hilarious new game designed to capture the realistic, edgy commuter experience on Chicago’s train system that’s fun and engaging for every generation, from ages nine to 99. LOOP takes players on an urban adventure as they encounter Buskers, Train Car Preachers and Manspreading commuters, as well as the less savory aspects of Chicago commutes such as Fell Asleep on the Train, Sat in Puddle and Went to Wrong Airport—among the unique event cards relatable to any Chicago resident, visitor or transit geek.






Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides Adventures await, from the glamorous to the gritty. Sip dirty martinis in an elegant, underground, 1920’s bank vault. Paddle a kayak down the infamous Bubbly Creek of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. While away an afternoon in a salt cave, or smoke a classic cigar in the oldest family-run tobacco shop in the U.S. Snorkel a 32-acre, limestone sheet shoal, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Midwest. Dine outdoors in a 23rd floor Beaux-Arts cupola overlooking the Chicago River. Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a diehard Chicago dweller who thinks you’ve seen it all, these 111 hidden places are waiting for you to discover them. Written by a Chicagoan, Amy Bizzari, an extreme Chicago history buff who also penned a fantastic line of Chicago books.





All beans roasted in Chicago! Roasting coffee is deceivingly complex, you can’t just drop green beans into a hot roaster and wait until they turn brown. Roasting beautiful coffees requires an understanding of physics, chemistry, and intuition that they have developed with over 20 years experience. You can’t settle for less if you can’t get to their coffee house located in Logan Square. They offer a variety of roasts on their online store.





Of course, we are recommending our items! We want you to Tote your Chicago pride with our very own CHICAGONISTA bags. We also have a selection of tees, sweatshirts and more perfect for Chicago mavens. I can guarantee you’ll be toting this one around.

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