Packed with unique shops, delicious food, skilled artists and friendly people, Ravenswood is a delightful place to explore this holiday season for those seeking thoughtful, out of the ordinary gifts. Below you’ll find details about our annual holiday shopper rewards program Unwrap Ravenswood, where you can earn $75 in gift cards to neighborhood businesses just for shopping local! You’ll also find details about some of the special products, holiday sales and seasonal activities being offered by Ravenswood businesses throughout the end of the year.
Unwrap Ravenswood Rewards Program
The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce will be offering a little extra incentive for shoppers to “shop small” over the holiday season. From Black Friday through Christmas Eve, the first 150 local shoppers that spend $300 between a minimum of 3 qualifying businesses will receive $75 in gift cards to local stores and restaurants. Among the rewards will be cards good at Ampersand Wine Bar, Amy’s Candy Bar, Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, Celtica Gifts, Chicago Glass Collective, Chicago’s Pizza, Eats and Sweets Cafe, Hazel, Neighborly, Roots Handmade Pizza, Savvy Seconds & 1sts, Spoken Cafe and Sweet Sensations Pastry.
Please see the program details and boundaries below:
Unwrap Ravenswood Program Rules
Dates: Friday, November 25th – Saturday, December 24th 2016
Boundaries: Clark St west to Leavitt, and Foster Ave south to Irving Park
- Holiday Shoppers that spend a total of $300 within the above boundaries on retail products, dining, gift certificates, or services will be eligible to receive a rebate of $75 in the form of 3 $25 gift cards to Ravenswood businesses.
- Shoppers must complete and send in a Holiday Shopper Rewards Form (found above) with qualifying receipts.
- Shoppers must collect receipts from a minimum of 3 businesses and deliver a copy of those receipts to the Chamber of Commerce once they spend the minimum of $300 collectively.
- A minimum of $25, before tax and gratuity, must be spent at a qualifying business for a receipt to be included in the total. A maximum of $100 can be utilized for groceries and/or liquor. Medications or memberships are not allowed to be included in total.
- Ineligible purchases include but are not limited to memberships, medication, legal or accounting services, postage, automobile repairs, business-to-business purchases and gasoline.
- Copies of receipts must be mailed to the Chamber of Commerce office (1770 W. Berteau Avenue, Suite 207 Chicago IL 60613) with a completed Shopper Rewards form.
- All copies of receipts should be submitted with a completed Shopper Rewards Form, including name, return address, phone number, email address and zip code.
- Rewards in the form of 3 $25 gift certificates to Ravenswood business will be distributed to the first 150 qualifying shoppers who submit a completed form. Limit one submission per household. Gift cards will be randomly selected.
- Copies of receipts and a completed form must be submitted by Friday, January 6, 2017.
- No gift receipts allowed. Receipts will not be returned.
Holiday Offers & Activities
We’ve scoured the neighborhood for the best sales, limited edition products, original gift ideas and holiday dining experiences. Below you’ll find details on amazing presents and special promotions right here in Ravenswood.
Architectural Artifacts is gearing up for their 29th Annual Holiday Sale, which begins on Thursday, December 1st. Their entire inventory will be 30% off, including newly arrived items from Italy, Argentina, France, Germany, Czech Republic and, of course, the good old USA.
Give the gift of beer this holiday season! A great gift for the beer lover you know – the Community Supported Beer membership from Begyle Brewing! The CBS recipient will receive a growler a month for either 6 or 12 months. Click here for details.
Developed by Chef Zeeshan Shah, Biscuit Man offers homemade biscuit sandwiches and baked goods for breakfast and rolled sandwiches and rice bowls for lunch. Shah’s fresh handmade sandwiches are made from locally sourced meats, cheeses and homemade pickles. BIscuit Man currently operates out of Chicago coffee and craft beer destination The Long Room.
On December 10th Chicago Glass Collective will be opening their doors for their 3rd annual holiday sale. It is also their 4th Anniversary Party (BYOB!), which means glass demos, sale of CGC members’ glasswork and jewelry and celebration! S’mores will be made on the torch!
CGC will also host several “Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornaments” workshops and a variety of other classes offered via Dabble.co. Search for “glass ornaments”, “glass holiday” or “Chicago Glass Collective” for a list of their offerings.
Once you take a class with the Chicago School of Shoemaking, you’ll be able to attend their GIFT MAKING DAYS at the school. For just $10 an hour you’ll be able to use their studio for independent projects! They’ll have staff on hand to show you where things are and you only pay for the materials you use. They’ll have a price list on their website listing the projects and cost of materials. All other classes have materials built into the tuition cost. Join them for some Gift Making this season!
On Friday, December 16th from 10am to 4pm you’re invited to an Open House at Daniela’s Facial Studio. Come meet Daniela, “The Acne Whisperer,” who specializes in Adult Acne and Sensitivity for acne sufferers 24 years old and up. Get 10% off mineral makeup, liquid foundation and cream concealer- all guaranteed to not cause breakouts! Get your skin clear before the holidays by replacing all the makeup that’s making you break out! Free skin analysis, product consultations and a gift of a travel makeup bag with purchase of $50 or more. The Studio is located at 4405 N. Winchester, just north of Montrose. Drop by or make an appointment at email@example.com.
E&S will be hosting a Holiday Awareness Dinner featuring Awakenings Foundation on December 11th from 6-8pm. Entertainment for the evening will be generously provided by Suzuki-trained classical guitarist Steven Yim. The cafe also offers gift baskets and client gifts throughout the holiday season.
Both of Hazel’s locations will offer complimentary gift wrap for items purchased in store.
Join Lillstreet for their Handmade Holidays Show on Friday, December 2nd. This special celebratory evening will also include the opening of their annual holiday exhibition. All are welcome to celebrate, shop and be merry. Enjoy refreshments and live music from Jessica Robbins, Anna Soltys, Jessica Risker and Kevin Prchal.
Holiday Gallery Exhibition & Sale
This year the Main Gallery exhibition, “Handmade Holidays,” showcases ceramics- including pottery and sculpture. The full holiday collection and sale features a one-of-a-kind selection of handmade artisan work from local and regional artists- including jewelry, textiles, prints, housewares, books and gifts for children.
Independent Studio Sales
Visit Lillstreet’s second and third floor studios! A selection of independent artists will open their workspaces for their own private holiday sales. You’ll find unique, artisan treasures in the heart of the artist studios.
Mata Traders is fueled by independent minded, fashionably adventurous women who want to make a statement- with both their wardrobe and their dollar. Made by artisans in India and Nepal who are paid a living wage, their handcrafted clothing and jewelry celebrate a women’s originality, connecting and empowering craftswoman and consumer. View all they have to offer here.
True to their name, Neighborly sources products from right here in the Midwest, or from independent artisans and eco-friendly producers as often as they can. They fill in the gaps with well-designed, yet affordable utilitarian goods – in the end, creating a one-of-a-kind collection. There’s sure to be something for everyone on your list at Neighborly!
On December 10th Savvy will be hosting a customer appreciation event with special sales, complimentary drinks, things to nibble on and more from 7-10pm.
Give the gift of home brewed coffee! Spoken offers a variety of specially curated gift baskets, like their French Press Brew Basket featuring almost entirely made-in-the-USA products and a french press with a brew stop on it to prevent from oversteeping your coffee! The set also includes a custom travel mug, kettle, scale, grinder, filters, and a $20 gift card for fresh coffee beans.
Sweet Sensations offers incredible pastries for all occasions, baked to order with the finest ingredients available. They’re the stop in Ravenswood for seasonal pies, cakes, cupcakes, candies, tarts and more. Let SSP cater your next party or event! Most of their items are available in smaller portions for catering orders and can be boxed or plated on disposable platters. Contact them online to place an order for the holidays.