Speciality Shops in Chicago

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Gift & Speciality Shops in Chicago

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  • AWirth
    15 contributions
    Highly recommend getting a personal shopper! Ana was amazing and when we were done, we had a private room that my daughter could open her doll while grandma and I made final choices on our items. We also had an amazing meal at the cafe. Our new doll had her own seat and drink. It was perfect.
    Written 14 November 2022
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  • Foodange
    Manchester, UK2,277 contributions
    The chocolate looked great but we went for ice cream and enjoyed 2 scoops each of coffee and caramel apple.
    Sat outside the shop people watching.
    Written 19 October 2022
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  • hfitzger
    United States267 contributions
    We have a family tradition of stopping at this Ghirardelli location every time we are in Chicago. It's always hard to find a seat (especially for a family of 4), but persistence pays off as there are always customers coming and going. Ice cream sundaes (highly recommend the Lands' End with brownie, ice cream, fudge, caramel, and sea salt) are big enough to share and that helps offset the $10-15 price for a special occasion.

    Plenty of choice in chocolates, if you're in the mood for candy instead of (or in addition to!) ice cream specialties.
    Written 4 January 2020
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  • Kendu24
    265 contributions
    Came here to stock up on a little 3 day getaway to the windy city. Huge selection of beer, wine and booze! Lots of parking off of grand st. Everything you will need to stock your hotel fridge, especially Zombie Dust that they have in stock! My new go to place when in Chicago!
    Written 6 June 2019
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  • lucyP6401XI
    Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
    I live in Chicago and buy from the all the time. When the pandemic was at its worse, I bought online.

    Their products are great, they are lovely folks and their stores smell fantastic. I used to frequent their store in downtown Chicago, which sadly closed during the pandemic.

    But if you get a chance to go to the northside store, go. I've never been to that one, but I'm sure it's great like their other store.

    They're just so wonderful.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Katia P
    143 contributions
    Beautiful shop - looks like a fairytale house!
    I've spent there an hour - felt like going a treasure chest!
    Magical!
    Written 12 November 2020
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  • Icdeadpeople
    1 contribution
    The customer service was probably the best I've ever experience, anywhere. Douglas was an absolute gentleman and scholar with his knowledge and kindness "rolled into one smooth blend". Also, the relaxation of their leather lounge room was impeccable and absolutely added to the atmosphere. I would recommend this to everyone that enjoys smoking cigars and pipes alike. Double thumbs up
    Written 4 September 2019
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  • TampaTornado
    Lithia, FL212 contributions
    We were turned onto The Spice House in Old Town on a food tour and were looking forward to revisiting this time while in Chicago. Unfortunately, while we were there (11/2-11/4) the main store was closed due to water damage from a fire in the bar next door.

    Fortunately we found they have a small store/kiosk at the Navy Pier. While not as good smelling (can't drop spices all over the floor) as the original store, the staff was great and still a good selection. They have the BEST spices - especially love Vietnamese cinnamon, Lakeshore, and Milwaukee. Stocked up. New containers are improvement. We will be back for sure.

    Love me some Spice House!!!!! Great place!
    Written 11 November 2019
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  • RonL40
    Utica, NY3,354 contributions
    The first bookstore we visited in Chicago. Great store, impeccably displayed books with very fair prices. Huge literature section lead to several books we've been looking for more than a while. A definite stop for any bookie who likes to browse for their treasures.
    Written 27 October 2022
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  • StephanieH1966
    County Dublin, Ireland51 contributions
    Fantastic find. Eclectic selection. Enjoyed browsing the genre’s. Really nice vintage offerings for all ages.
    Written 28 February 2020
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  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, GA721 contributions
    Plan on spending some time browsing the thousands of eclectic books. The science fiction section is particularly comprehensive. A lot of fun to explire.
    Written 8 October 2022
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  • louis
    London, UK13 contributions
    Great beer, great staff, food was great. If you want a lovely bar in the centre of Dublin that doesn’t wait until 3 to open this is it.
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • carrie P
    Bloomington, IN19 contributions
    They have a huge selection of books and lots of staff recommendations. Staff was friendly. Paid parking in the area and store does not have a public bathroom
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • sharrongeg
    Henderson, NV2,976 contributions
    We like to take snacks with us when we fly - so we purchased candied pecans and a small Carmel popcorn for our trip from Chicago back home to Las Vegas. Although a bit pricey, both the pecans and popcorn were excellent. Fresh and fabulous!
    Written 15 July 2021
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  • PBC7
    Dubuque, IA108 contributions
    They have things nobody else has. It is an old school building, three floors of top to bottom antiques. They have collections of things from Europe as well as the US. May be a bit on the pricey side but so fun to look at. Don't miss this place.
    Written 20 October 2022
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