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CHICAGO — Many small businesses are struggling, and they are relying on your support to stick around.

That’s why Block Club’s reporters reached out to more than 160 small businesses across the city to highlight their work — and encourage shoppers to stop by. We’ve also featured more than 40 nonprofits and more than 20 local holiday markets for you to support.

Keep scrolling to see every neighborhood guide we created, or check out the offerings on this map.

We know this guide is not comprehensive, but we’re a small team. To request your local shop be featured, please fill out the form here. We’ll use your suggestions to create a reader-curated gift guide.

If you have a local gift guide for your neighborhood, please let us know by emailing [email protected] or tweet us here.

We are also well aware the holidays will be extra difficult for thousands of Chicagoans this year, so we rounded up more than 40 mutual aid efforts and nonprofits helping people now. If you’re able to volunteer or donate, more help is needed. If you are in need, click here for more information.

And if you’re feeling extra generous, please consider supporting our nonprofit newsroom. Here’s a guide to how you can help Block Club — including ways you can help for free!

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Part of the Chicago skyline in the Loop, as seen from the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck in the Streeterville neighborhood on Feb. 5, 2021.
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Nanette Tucker poses for a photo among her fashion in her store, Marie | Wesley, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for E.G. Woode, 1122 W. 63rd St., in Englewood on Aug. 25, 2022.
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Homemade Black Walnut ice cream by Ida’s Artisan Ice Cream & Treats and in-house roasted coffee from Tasa Coffee Roasters are some of the gifts from West Side makers you can get for your loved ones this holiday season.
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The new Bric-A-Brac Records in Avondale.
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Haven 1890 from Shops On 103rd.
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Prints and other art are available online and in-house at Marz Brewing Company.
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The Biscoff cheesecake from Decadent Dessert Bar & Bistro and the “Black Like Baldwin” ceramic planter from Black Plant Lovers are just some gift options to support Near South Side businesses.
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Check out these local businesses for Christmas shopping in the West Loop and Downtown.
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One of the reading nooks at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
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Gifts from BabyDolls Boutique in Lakeview and Play in Lincoln Park.
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After doing pop-ups for years, a Pilsen native opened Comercio Popular in Little Village to showcase Mexican-made products and designs.
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2022 gift items like candles and Northwest Side park signs are sold at the shop by haywoodmade and REP CHI.
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Dress shirts for sale in Edwards Fashions, 11363 S. Michigan Ave., in the Roseland community on Feb. 8, 2022.
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Wycke Malliway speaks to a customer at Malliway Bros. Spells, Charms, & Potions, 1407 W. Morse Ave., in Rogers Park on Sept. 2, 2021.
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Ryan Graveface poses for a portrait at Graveface Records and Curiosities in Bucktown on July 27, 2022.
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People pack into Daley Plaza for the annual Christkindlmarket in 2021.
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Volunteers at the Nourishing Hope prepare boxes of food to be given out to those in need.
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Block Club reporter Atavia Reed interviews a source.

Previous Gift Guides:

• 2021

• 2020

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