Around Town Holiday Gift Guide
Own a piece of the Chicago History Museum. Local artisan Carrie Notari’s vintage domino jewelry features images from the museum’s vintage poster collection. We especially adore this necklace pendant ($35)—a nostalgia-filled evening view from the Wrigley Building originally used as a transit advertisement. Chicago History Museum Store (1601 N Clark St, 312-642-4600).
To celebrate the welcoming of five Magellanic penguin chicks, the Shedd’s gift store is going penguin crazy. Push aside the gift-shop key chain tchotchkes and reach for the stainless steel penguin cocktail shaker ($49.99), a quirky but chic bar accessory that’s worth the wad-dle of cash. Oceanarium Gift Store, Shedd Aquarium (1200 S Lake Shore Dr (312-939-2438).
Mary Robbins and Nabil Sibouih, Renegade Craft Fair regulars, put a twist on the overly trite I : [INSERT CITY OF YOUR AFFECTION] tee. Moth Written, their line of hand silk-screened T-shirts (pictured, $22) and tote bags featuring text in Arabic, lets you spread your city love universally. Our tee says (what else?) I LOVE CHICAGO. Orders can be placed on etsy.com/shop/mothwritten or by special request at email@example.com.—Lissa Bennett
Madeline’s wish list
Since 1854, my family has run a small Iowa City jewelry store specializing in quality gem stones. I inherited the love for diamonds, but with my writer’s salary, money’s better spent on the lush pictures in Gems and Gemstones ($45). Penned by the senior veep of the Field Museum, this new tome is the definitive book on precious stones. Hey, diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but a good book is also a good friend...um, yeah. Field Museum Store (1400 S Lake Shore Dr, 312-922-9410).