Chicago Defender Holiday Shopping Guide: Edition I

Welcome to an exclusive holiday shopping guide tailored for the fabulous residents of Chicago!

This curated collection celebrates the rich diversity and entrepreneurial spirit within the black business community, offering a unique and luxurious shopping experience. From high-end fashion boutiques to art and gourmet delights, our guide showcases exceptional products and services of businesses in the Windy City. Discover the perfect gifts, indulgent treats and bespoke items that reflect the vibrancy and excellence of Chicago’s Black entrepreneurs.


Bronzeville (South Side):

Sip and Savor: Now, imagine gifting this experience to someone special in your life: A carefully curated package featuring artisanal coffee beans, an assortment of delectable pastries and perhaps a gift card for them to savor the ambiance at any of the three locations. Located at 528 E 43rd St Chicago. They also have Hyde Park and South Loop Locations.


Bronzeville Winery: Give the gift an elevated wine experience. Whether it’s a celebration, a romantic evening or a moment to savor with friends, this gift promises an escape into a world where the love of food and wine converges into a symphony of delight. 

Visit 4420 S. Cottage Grove and let the magic of Modern American cuisine, blended with the diverse flavors of Chicago, unfold into an unforgettable evening of culinary bliss. It’s a gift that transcends taste buds, creating memories that linger like the afterglow of a perfectly aged wine. 4420 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago.


Auburn Gresham (South Side):

Khamryn B. Boutique: This posh store carries an array of looks for fashion-forward consumers. Whether you’re on the hunt for a statement piece or an entire ensemble, this store ensures that every garment tells a story of contemporary elegance. From casual chic attire and shoes to formal wear for both men and women. Average Prices range from $60 – $400. Their accessories and small leather goods collection make great stocking stuffers or get a complete holiday look for him or her. 

For those seeking the perfect gift, consider the convenience of gift cards and styling packages. Explore the realm of possibilities within these chic walls, guided by the expert touch of personalized styling services. 8301 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.


Beverly/Evergreen (South Side):

Ain’t She Sweet Cafe: A delightful haven for coffee enthusiasts and patrons looking for fresh and healthy foods, offering a cozy ambiance that invites relaxation. The diverse menu caters to various tastes, with classic and inventive coffee options and a selection of amazing-looking dishes. The friendly staff adds to the charm, making it a must-visit spot for a satisfying coffee experience in the Windy City.

They offer catering, the perfect gift for moms balancing work and family. 9920 S. Western Ave., Chicago.


Culture’s Closet: Celebrate curves in style at this Chicago-based boutique exclusively dedicated to fabulous curvy women worldwide. This fashion haven is a destination where the latest plus-size trends meet the essence of chic sophistication. For those seeking the perfect gift for the fabulous curvy women in their lives, gift cards are a splendid option. Let them indulge in a shopping spree where they can explore the hottest trends, from statement casual wear to head-turning dress options. Located at 2147 W 95th Street, Chicago.


Englewood (South Side): 

Englewood Branded: Discover the heartwarming spirit of community at Englewood Branded, a unique brand that extends far beyond fashion. Nestled at 1546 W. 63rd St. in Chicago, this brand is more than just a place to shop—it’s a symbol of giving back to the vibrant Englewood community. Every piece, from clothing to accessories, is infused with a purpose. Located 1546 W. 63rd St. Chicago.


Chatham/Avalon (South Side): 

GQ Gentleman: Men’s Haberdashery features custom suits, coats and men’s accessories. Imagine the pleasure of gifting a lucky gentleman a meticulously crafted custom suit that not only fits impeccably but also exudes individuality. From the selection of fine fabrics to the precision of the stitching, each piece is a testament to the art of tailoring. For those seeking a gift that adds a dash of flair, consider a timeless hat that elevates any ensemble. Whether it’s a classic fedora or a stylish cap, these accessories are more than just fashion; they’re statements of sophistication. Gift certificates are also available. 7149 S. State St, Chicago. 


Austin (West Side):

Kiwi’s Boutique: Located in the UIC District of Chicago, this boutique carries the latest women’s trends & chic wear. Their cozy environment creates a unique shopping experience. When you enter Kiwi’s Boutique, you immediately feel like you’re right at home. It feels like you’re walking into a luxurious closet with endless options. Gift cards are available. 1015 S. Western Ave, Chicago.


Soule Restaurant: Since 2017, Soulé has been the go-to creole-infused soul food destination for everyday people, tastemakers, celebrities and social media foodies searching for bursting and robust flavors of home-cooked food. Whether you’re a seasoned regular or gifting someone a flavorful journey, this creole-infused soul food becomes a celebration of culture, community, and, most importantly, taste. 3615 W Roosevelt, Chicago.


Hyde Park (South Side):

Sneakerville 88: This unique reseller stands as a treasure trove of rare and collectible sneakers. So, if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the sneaker enthusiast in your life or treating yourself to a pair that stands out from the crowd, make your way to Sneakville 88 in Harper Court. It’s more than a store—it’s an invitation to step into a world where sneakers are not just footwear but expressions of style, culture, and individuality. Located in Harper Court at 5241 S. Harper Ave., Chicago. 


Black Beauty Collective: This haven caters to those who adore all things beauty and take pride in offering a diverse range of Black-owned beauty products. Whether searching for the perfect gift or treating yourself, this is where beauty and empowerment converge. 5305 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago.


Logan Square (Northwest): 

The Duplex: This culinary gem is renowned for its mouthwatering dishes and playful libations, making it the perfect place to gift the joy of delectable food. Imagine a dining experience where the aroma of savory delights, such as the famous chicken and waffles, fills the air. Each bite is a harmonious blend of flavors, a dance of sweet and savory that leaves a lasting impression. From brunch to dinner, the menu offers a celebration of comfort food elevated to culinary artistry. Give the gift of delectable food. 3137 W Logan Blvd, Chicago. 


Wicker Park (North Side):

Flawless Body Studio: Elevate your confidence and embrace a renewed sense of self. This spa studio is a specialized haven for non-surgical body contouring. They offer unique services focused on promoting the reduction of stubborn belly fat, cellulite, non-invasive buttocks enhancement and tightening loose skin, among other transformative offerings. Give the extraordinary gift of confidence and redefine your relationship with your body. 1710 W. North Ave, Chicago. 


South Loop: 

Succezz Footwear: Chicago native and former NBA player Bobby Simmons teamed up with fashion connoisseur LaVelle Sykes to make this one-of-a-kind boutique come to life. So, if you’re searching for the perfect gift for a sneaker-holic or want to explore a boutique that embodies the essence of Chicago’s sneaker scene, it’s Succezz. It’s more than a store; it’s a manifestation of passion, style and the love for iconic footwear, brought to you by two individuals who understand what it means to walk in style. 2214 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago.

Awesome Online Chicago-Based Black-Owned Businesses: Elevate your essence with a Black-owned fragrance company that brings you quality scents at a reasonable price. Here, the art of fragrance is more than a product; it’s a commitment to enriching your appearance and accentuating your personal scent in a way that’s both luxurious and accessible. Immerse yourself in a world where each fragrance is a masterpiece, crafted with precision and care. A haven for the bossy gal who dominates the boardroom by day and conquers the city by night. The curated collection is designed for the powerhouse who seamlessly transitions from closing deals to owning the town. A crafted line that reflects the bold, chic and sophisticated essence of the bossy gal. Features original and print art pieces that explore the relationship between justice, faith and American history. Whether you’re a seasoned art collector or a passionate enthusiast, the art offers collectible treasures that transcend time. With influences as diverse as Kerry James Marshall, Annie Lee and Hebru Brantley, abstract elements are synthesized from explicit and implicit realism. Give the gift of a visual journey that challenges and inspires. Indulge in the beauty of natural hair care with “Thank God It’s Natural” (TGIN), a trailblazing manufacturer of hair care and skin care products. These products are available at various retail stores, including Walmart, Target, Ulta Beauty, Whole Foods, Sally Beauty and Walgreens. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special, our products make for thoughtful self-care gifts. Treat your curls, coils and waves to the nourishment they deserve, or gift a loved one the joy of embracing their natural beauty with TGIN’s transformative hair care solutions. Celeplated Plate line seeks to provide products that celebrate African-American culture, heritage and values in an exciting, unique and inspiring way. The perfect gift for the hostess with the “mostest.” Whether it’s a laid-back backyard gathering or a formal corporate event, Celeplated is the perfect accompaniment. Their plates are versatile and add a special touch to any celebration, making them the ideal choice for a variety of occasions. Searching for the ideal gift for the hostess with the mostest? Look no further. Celeplated makes for a thoughtful and unique gift that reflects thoughtfulness and cultural appreciation. Surprise your host with a set of plates that add an extra layer of charm and meaning to their celebrations.


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