Gift Chicago was organized by the shop owners of Sacred Art, Neighborly and Mint Home as a collaborative event to connect likeminded shops across the city of Chicago that support local makers and artists and to celebrate all the beautiful stores and products our city has to offer.
Why is it so important to shop local? Independent, locally owned shops keep three times as many dollars in the local economy than nationally owned chains and give more back to local needs... on average, non-profits receive 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.
Many of our participating shops also carry locally-made products. Local makers help build local economies, provide better paying jobs for local residents and add character and culture to communities. Locally-made products are typically more uniquely designed and more carefully crafted than those made in mass.