As we go into the holiday season, it’s a great opportunity to support small local businesses.  Lincoln Square and Andersonville in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood offers great locally owned, locally made gift items.  Most shops in Lincoln Square are located right on the Square which is south of Lawrence Avenue and east of Western Avenue.  Andersonville shopping is located along Clark Street from Winnemac to Ardmore.

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For cookware or arranging cooking lessons, visit the Wooden Spoon in Andersonville or The Chopping Block in Lincoln Square, where you can purchase everything from cooking tools, entertaining accessories, cookware and more.  And they usually have tasty morsels for sampling!

For readers, shop at Women and Children First in Andersonville or The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square.  The helpful sales staff will help you find just the right book for your family or friends.

Visit Galleria in Andersonville for locally made artwork, jewelry, prints, purses, scarves and so much more, all made by local artists.  The Landmark of Andersonville has wonderful women’s clothing as does Turley Road, where you will find have handmade clothing in lovely fabrics as well as leather goods.

For green shoppers, visit GreenSky, a great place to find just the right hostess gift or accessory for your home.  And don’t miss Green Genes for children’s books, toys and clothing.

To find Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments and gifts, visit Gethsemane Gardens at the north end of Clark Street.  And when you are ready to take a break from shopping, stop by First Slice in Andersonville for pie, coffee and tea.  Or visit Café Selmarie in Lincoln Square for coffee, pastries, homemade soup and more.  Take home some wonderful baked goods for your holiday visitors or your party, visit the Swedish Bakery to bring home Swedish cookies, cardamom coffee cake or Swedish Tease.

Visit to learn about Upcoming Holiday Shopping Events in 2013 on Clark Street between Winnemac and Bryn Mawr.
> Late Night Andersonville – December 6, 2013
> Julmarknad – December 7 & 8, 2013
> St. Lucia Festival of Lights – December 13, 2013
> Late-er Night Andersonville – December 20, 2013

When Shop Local and Spend $150 in Lincoln Square or Ravenswood, you get a $50 gift certificate for local shops, restaurants, and culture at Lincoln Square shopping.

Happy shopping!

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