Ravenswood is home to one of Chicago’s most dynamic and vibrant business communities, including an impressive variety of restaurants, boutiques, cafes, galleries, salons, gift shops and art schools. Our #ShopRavenswood Seasonal Guides offer tips on where to take the family, where to plan a date, or where to pick up the perfect gift for a variety of occasions.
Mother’s Day is just a little over a week away, and we know some of you are still looking for the perfect way to show mom your love. Below you’ll find some gift ideas from a variety of creative and unique Ravenswood businesses who are here to lend a hand and keep you on mom’s good side for another year. Not that you needed any help.
Chicago Glass Collective
1770 W Berteau Ave, #203 B | (216) 543-2329 | chicagoglasscollective.com
Looking for something to do with mom next weekend? Swing by Chicago Glass Collective between noon and 3pm on Saturday, May 9th for an open house featuring live demos and plenty of gifts for sale. Feeling adventurous? For $10 make your very own glass coaster. Spring for mom to participate and now you’ve got afternoon entertainment and a new pair of coasters for her coffee table! Have plans for Saturday but still need a gift? Consider getting mom a gift certificate towards a future class or workshop!
Savvy Seconds & 1sts
1748 W Lawrence Ave | (773) 728-8920 | savvysecondsand1sts.com
Swank women’s clothing boutique Savvy Seconds is going all out on Mother’s Day, opening their doors to the neighborhood for A Mother’s Day Appreciation Celebration on Sunday, May 10th from 11 am – 6 pm. Mariano’s will be providing tasty array of niblets, Bonfire Wines has donated some vino and Savvy will be providing the brewskis. Along with having a shop full of amazing clothes and accessories that’ll make great gifts, every purchase will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Savvy gift certificate. A floral gift will be provided to every mother courtesy of Carlson Wholesale, and portions of the proceeds from Savvy’s Mother’s Day Sale will go to Deborah’s Place, a Chicago shelter for women and children.
Sweet Sensations Pastry
1918 W Montrose | (773) 275-0697 | sweetsensationspastry.com
There’s been a lot of buzz about Sweet Sensation Pastry the last few weeks, thanks in no small part to baker Sandy Hunter and her run on the Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship. With episodes of the competition airing each Sunday, Sweet Sensations has been baking Sunday treats to match those that Hunter made during that week’s episode. Sunday is Mother’s Day, so there’ll be another chance to eat what you see on tv with mom! Now, some of you might be thinking, “I bet they’ll be packed on Sunday…” Lucky for you there are six other days in the week (some of which they’ll have the special bakes), and all of which feature a variety of different treats cooked up by Hunter and the shop’s owner, Sharin Nathan. Nathan is a star in her own right, with a resume that includes a stint at Charlie Trotter’s and a Top Ten Dessert Award from the Chicago Tribune. If mom’s got a sweet tooth, Sweet Sensations has her fix.
Dana Reed Designs
Ravenswood-based jewelry designer Dana Reed has a stunning selection of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings that are elegant and earthy, classy and fun. Check out their website, which features a variety of dynamic designs that will appeal to mom’s of any age. If you need a sense of urgency (beyond Mother’s Day being next week!), Dana Reed Designs is offering 25% off on web sales between 5/1 – 5/3 when you enter the code “mom25” at checkout. Have a new mom in your life? You might want to consider the “mother and child necklace” (pictured right).
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N Lincoln | (773) 248-3905 | irishbistro.com
Mrs. Murphy & Sons, who by name alone you’d think would be paying close attention to Mother’s Day, is bringing back their annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet! The celebration runs from 9 am – 2 pm and features a buffet including french toast, a corned beef carving station, sausage, an omelet station, fresh fruit salad, mixed green salad, breakfast potatoes, mac & cheese, chicken tenders and Mrs. Murphy’s famous bread pudding bar! You can (and should) make a reservation online, or by calling ahead.
Lucila’s Homemade Alfies
4527 N Ravenswood Ave | (773) 354-3830 | lucilashomemade.com
Looking for a special way to let mom know you care? Nothing says “I love you” like a special box of Lucila’s Homemade Alfies. If you don’t know what an alfie is by now, you clearly haven’t been coming to our events! A favorite at the Ravenswood ArtWalk and Greener Ravenswood, Lucila’s Alfie’s are delectable dulce de leche pastries that come in a variety of addicting flavors. A special Mother’s Day gift pack features a sampling of 4 flavors -coconut, dark chocolate, white chocolate and guava – each loaded with rich dulce de leche caramel. Packaged in a special gift box with bow, these are guaranteed to make an impression on your mom.
Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa & Beauty Boutique
5424 N Lincoln | (773) 908-2263 | noktivo.com
Speaking of Greener Ravenswood, here’s another past participant in Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa! A local business at the front of the green beauty movement, Noktivo’s Jenny Perillo was just named one of Red Tricycle’s 12 Momtrepreneurs You’ll Want To Be Besties With. Noktivo is the place to go for those that like to look good while also feeling good about how they got there. Offering eco-friendly materials, vegan services, certified organic options and locally made products, an appointment at Noktivo is a gift you can feel good about giving and mom can feel good about getting. See Noktivo’s menu for a full range of services.
1920 W Irving Park Rd | (773) 697-8660 | highhat.club
Looking for something totally different to take mom to? How about an unconventional celebration of famous big screen mothers at High-Hat Club? Enjoy some Italian-Creole cooking and killer cocktails while enjoying this free mini-film fest. Movies are TBA, but from the looks of the event page it’s a safe bet there will be a screening of Mommie Dearest. No more wire hangers!
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