Fests and holiday markets: Chicagoist has a list of holiday markets popping up all over the city this month, with plenty of sweets as well as locally made art, coffee, cider, and more. Warm yourself with hot spiced wine as you browse an array of traditional German Christmas ornaments and woodwork at the Christkindlmarket (until Dec. 24). Congregation Beth Shalom hosts Chanukah Fair, featuring handcrafted gifts (Dec. 14).
Holiday shopping: Chicago Magazine has a gift guide featuring items made and sold here in Chicago. The best part? There’s something for every budget. Speaking of buying local, Merz Apothocary recently expanded their Lincoln Square location with Q Brothers, a specialty men’s shaving and grooming shop. The shop features a selection of straight razors as well as colognes and artisanal shaving creams. Continue reading