Ravenswood Holiday Gift Guide 2023

Ravenswood is a hub for creativity and craftsmanship, making it an annual destination for holiday shoppers. Boutiques like Bon Femmes, District, Hazel and Ravensgoods are a gift-giving cheat code, sure to have something for the hardest-to-satisfy on your list. Artisans at Lillstreet, Starshaped Press, and DEFY Mfg. have an incredible range of gifts available for all ages and price ranges.


Maximalist Art Prints from Ponnopozz$25+
4839 N Damen Ave

Ponnopozz Studio + Store is the creative wonderland of Ravenswood artist Adrianne Hawthorne. Everything in the shop is from a local, independent maker or a small company. Adrianne believes in supporting other small businesses, especially those that are women-led and/or Black owned.

Bring a bit of joy and a lot of color to someone’s life with a print of one of Adrianne’s original works. Explore artwork, apparel, and home goods by Adrianne and a rotating cast of other creatives at her shop on Damen or at ponnopozz.com.

Smile Crew Neck Sweater from Bon Femmes $62
4917 N Damen Ave

Give the gift of good vibes for the holidays! The Happy Crew Neck Sweater by The Things Between features an embroidered smiley on a cozy, light colored sweater. Founded by Jessica Kim, The Things Between creates “goodies that are made to always find the good in the things between.”

Bon Femmes boutique showcases art, home decor, beauty products and more- all created by women! They also donate a percentage of sales to women-led charities doing good work in our community. Learn more and shop online at bonfemmes.com.

Stocking Stuffer Bundle from Half Acre Beer
2050 W Balmoral Ave

Got a local craft beer enthusiast in your life? The shop crew at Half Acre have curated a collection of holiday stocking stuffers in one convenient box! The bundle includes:

  • 1 Season’s Greeting postcard
  • 1 Shimmering Orb Ornament (in Daisy Cutter green or Half Acre midnight blue)
  • 1 set of 4 Half Acre Vines namboo coasters
  • 1 Half Acre is A Place notebook
  • 1 deck of Daisy Cutter playing cards
  • 1 Mountain Puff Koozie (maroon or turquoise)

Gift Boxes are available for purchase from the retail shop at Half Acre’s taproom. For hours and details, visit halfacrebeer.com.

Spiteful Brewing Zip-Up$50
2024 W Balmoral Ave

If your beer lover is looking for something cozier or more stylish, head right next door from Half Acre to another of Chicago’s favorite breweries! The latest merch drop from Spiteful Brewing features their iconic, recently refreshed logo.

Our favorite is the ultra-soft Bella + Canvas cotton zip-up hoodie! This comfy sweater is jet black and features the Spiteful logo on front and back.

Hats, tees, and glassware also available. Shop at the taproom or online at spitefulbrewery.com.

WAAM Industries Waxed Canvas Grocery Tote from MOLASSES$55
4919 N Damen Ave

Paper or plastic? Neither! These reusable market bags make a great gift. Who doesn’t want an excuse to toss their dirty old canvas totes?

Made in the USA by WAAM Industries, these super durable grocery bags are made of cotton canvas with a water-resistant beeswax blend finish.

Grab yours at MOLASSES’ new Damen Ave storefront or shop online at shopmolasses.com.

Holiday Signature Glass Candle from Neighborly$24
4710 N Lincoln Ave

Oh no, not another candle?! What makes this candle worth gifting over all the others is that it is locally made and supports a non-profit right here in Chicago called New Moms. New Moms provides training and job skills to young mothers, helping to give them a path out of poverty. A gift that keeps on giving!

Find the Bright Endeavors Holiday Signature Glass Candle at Neighborly’s Lincoln Square and Wicker Park locations. You can also order online at neighborlyshop.com.

Lena Rose House Line Gift Set$180
4645 N Rockwell St

Lena Rose’s new house line of beauty products are handmade in small batches with the purest-sourced ingredients from local farmers. Their House Line Gift Set together a gift box collects spa-favorite products to pamper mind, body and spirit.

Set includes bath soak, body scrub, body oil, aura mist, body butter, nourishing nail oil, and House Blend Beauty Tea. All items are infused with the aromas of Lena Rose’s reserve floral blend of chamomile, rose petals, rosemary and orange blossom.

Shop for beauty products from over 25 green brands, purchase gift cards, and book spa appointments at lenarosebeauty.com.


Each winter, foodies from across the city flock to Ravenswood, in search of specialty sweets from Amy’s Candy Bar, seasonal jams and sauces from Spoken Cafe, and holiday treats from Hilary’s Cookies. Buying for a hop head or cocktail connoisseur? No doubt there’s something they’ll enjoy from Malt Row, whether it’s a locally-brewed winter stout or a bottle of festive cranberry gin.

Whiskey & Gin Trio Packs from KOVAL Distillery – $42-51
4241 N Ravenswood Ave

KOVAL Distillery crafts a line of whiskey, gin, and specialty spirits using unique organic grains and signature “heart cut” techniques with only the absolute best quality distillate.

For the whiskey lover in your life, KOVAL’s Whiskey Gift Pack features 200ml bottles of their signature Bourbon, Rye, and Four Grain single-barrel whiskeys.

Always a holiday favorite, KOVAL’s Gin Gift Pack includes 200ml bottles of Dry Gin, Barreled Gin, and Cranberry Gin Liqueur. The latter is a perfect addition to winter cocktails!

Pick up Gift Sets, Limited Releases, and other KOVAL products at their retail shop and order online at kovaldistillery.com.

Confidence of a CTA Bus Driver 8×10 Original Print from Starshaped Press$40
4636 N Ravenswood Ave

Inspired by cross-stich patterns, Starshaped Press created this 8×10” print with modular type and ornaments. Letterpress printed in 5 colors on soft, textured cotton paper.

“Nothing beats a bus ride with a driver who can weave a massive vehicle through city streets like they’re threading a needle. Chicago’s buses are a cross section of the city’s people and places and one of the most entertaining ways to get around. Every day I want to channel the confidence it must take to maneuver these machines through the crowded streets.” – Jen Farrel, Starshaped Press

For over 20 years, Starshaped has stayed true to the original craft of letterpress. Or in Principal Designer and Printer Jen Farrel’s words: “We are proudly one of the very few shops in the country printing entirely like it’s 1929.” Learn more and shop at starshaped.com.

Project ECOPAK™ EPX ‘Fire Edition’ Pouch 3-Pack from DEFY Mfg$80
4043 N Ravenswood Ave

DEFY Mfg’s Project ECOPAK EPX Pouches make a great gift for tech-savvy or hyper-organized friends. Coming in three sizes and one hot shade of orange, these pouches are super light and super strong. Whatever your friends are carrying, they’ll be carrying in style.

ECOPAK is the world’s only durable and waterproof fabric made from 100% recycled polyester fiber and film. Each yard upcycles about 20 plastic water bottles into strong technical textiles.

Located in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, DEFY has fans across the globe who seek out their expertly-crafted, handmade bags and accessories. Check out their full-line at defybags.com.

District Lumberjack Candle$22
4835 N Damen Ave

Our favorite from the fall District Fall/Winter Collection, The Lumberjack candle is a magnificent combination of Birch, Fire, and Sandalwood. This 100% soy wax candle burns for 60 hours, filling any home with the spirit of the holidays for weeks.

District is best known as a highly acclaimed showroom for restored mid-century modern furniture and home furnishings. A carefully curated selection of vintage items and works from local artists and designers. You just may knock out all your holiday shopping in one visit to districtchicago.com.

Architecture of the Animated! Print from Wonder City Studio$29-39
4636 N Ravenswood Ave

Know someone who loves the animated greats, architecture, or a little bit of both? This print from Wonder City Studio features twelve homes from a variety of animated series. From The Flintstones and Peanuts to Adventure Time and Bojack Horesman, Architecture of the Animated! celebrates the architectural “styles” of iconic shows. For you or the cartoon lover in your life, these prints are fit for a bedroom, dorm room, or playroom.

Wonder City Studio was founded by Katie Lauffenburger and Phil Thompson. Together, they create artwork that honors the architecture and history of places worth preserving, with a special love for Chicago. Learn more and shop online at wondercitystudio.com.

Christmas Ale from Begyle Brewing$12
1801 W Cuyler Ave

Located in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, Begyle prides itself on offering a diverse and approachable selection of quality beer that brings people together. They’ve built a devoted following of beer lovers with their Community Supported Brewing (CSB) program, which offers members a growler or two of fresh craft beer every month. Begyle’s brewery and taproom are a neighborhood favorite and a destination for travelers.

An annual favorite, Begyle Christmas Ale is a spiced beer showcasing bay leaves, cinnamon, and sassafras. The spices are rounded out by a blend of European style malts and an American ale yeast. 4-pacls are available for purchase at the Begyle taproom and your local craft beer store. Learn more at begylebrewing.com.

A Decadent Gift Box from Lucila’s Alfajores$25
4527 N Ravenswood Ave

Lucila’s authentic recipe of melt-in-your-mouth Alfajores will transport you to her native Argentina. Two crumbly cookies sandwich rich dulce de leche caramel, and are then coated in dark chocolate, white chocolate, or coconut.

Lucila’s “Classic Trio” 6-pack is a holiday go-to, whether you’re shopping for a loved one, participating in a grab bag, or looking for a corporate gift. A variety of gift sets and sweets can be ordered directly from lucilas.com.

Jams, Sauces, and Pickles from Spoken Café $10-12
1812 W Montrose Ave

Spoken is a warm, relaxed café serving breakfast and lunch fare with Acadian Cajun respects, plus caffeinated drinks, baked goods, and housemade goods.

Spoken’s line of house-made jams, sauces, and pickles are budget-friendly and offer a little something for everyone. From Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce and Gin & Juice Pickles made with KOVAL spirits, to “Chicago Dog” Relish and Apricot Chipotle Jam, the variety of colors and flavors is dizzying. All items can be shipped, so you can send your friends the tastes of summer all winter-long.

Peruse Spoken’s menu and place your orders at spokenchicago.com.

Calligraphy Brushed by Dogen Hosokawa Roshi, Master Calligrapher$400-1,500
1812 W Montrose Ave

The beauty of Hosokawa Roshi’s calligraphy works lies in the simplicity and elegance of his brushstrokes. His artworks include Kanji characters and Zen sayings, all reflecting his spiritual journey.

Daiyuzenji is a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple located on Ravenswood Avenue. The temple offers meditation instruction, retreats, workshops, and other activities. Find out more at daiyuzenji.org.

Holiday Shoppers: You’re Invited to Unwrap Ravenswood

The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce’s annual winter rewards program is back! 

From Black Friday through Christmas Eve, shoppers that spend $300 between a minimum of 3 qualifying businesses can receive $75 in gift cards to local shops and restaurants. 

Eligible businesses are located within the following boundaries: Clark St west to Leavitt St (1 block west of Damen Ave), and Foster Ave south to Irving Park Rd.


Ravenswood’s is home to a bustling creative community and a smorgasbord of entertainment options. If you’re looking to avoid giving objects and prefer to gift experiences, our neighborhood has got you covered. Consider gift certificates for art classes at Lillstreet or music lessons from ACM! There are plenty of ways to get your hands dirty and have some fun in Ravenswood.

Give the Gift of Creativity at Lillstreet Art Center$50+
4401 N Ravenswood Ave

Lillstreet Art Center offers classes for all ages and levels in ceramics, drawing, painting, metalsmithing, jewelry, textiles, printmaking and book arts. The Lillstreet Gallery sells and showcases work from over 60 different artists, working primarily in ceramics.

Give the gift of creativity this holiday season with a Lillstreet Gift Certificate! Consider gifting your loved ones an experience in place of material goods – and watch them flourish as they learn a new skill that will last a lifetime.

Gift Certificates can be used for classes, workshops, gallery purchases, and tools or materials at Lillstreet. Shop the gallery store or learn about classes and workshops at lillstreet.com.

Rendezvous Arts Season Tickets: 4 Chamber Music Concerts & Art Exhibits $100
4325 N Ravenswood Ave

Give the gift of music in the New Year! Now in their 4th season, Rendezvous Arts hosts monthly events in Ravenswood that feature an amazing roster of musicians and visual artists.

Season Ticket bundles include 2 tickets to 4 shows, January through April 2024. Performances take place at the beautiful Artifact Events. For tickets and performance details, visit rendezvousarts.org.

Gift Certificates & Private Lessons at Ballroom Dance Chicago$55-400
4039b N Ravenswood Ave

Give dance as a gift! Ballroom Dance Chicago is the city’s top-rated social, wedding, and competition dance studio. They excel in inspiring folks to live healthier, happier lives by moving and connecting with others.

Gift Certificates can be prepared as a physical certificate for pick-up or mail delivery, or emailed. Ballroom Dance Chicago offers private ballroom, Latin, and swing dance lessons and BYOB group classes. Learn more at ballroomdancechicago.com.

Music & Coffee Lovers Gift Set from Access Contemporary Music$180
1758 W Wilson Ave

Music and Coffee, what more can you ask for? This coffee lovers set from Access Contemporary Music includes a bag of Groundswell coffee beans, an ACM Composer Mug, and a gift card for one month of 30 minute music lessons. Gift set comes in a gift box with a teal ribbon.

ACM is a nonprofit music organization that offers creativity-driven music lessons in storefront schools. They also program musical performances in accessible locations and highlight the work of living composers. For more on classes and upcoming events, visit acmusic.org.


Holiday Treats & Toys from Urban Pooch$10+
4501 N Ravenswood Ave

Urban Pooch is a state-of-the-art facility designed to support canine health and wellness, while increasing the bond between human and pup. Their large, colorful retail store carries an extensive line of food, toys, treats, and just about anything else else a dog-owner could ask for.

Our favorite picks from their store are the Fluff & Tuff Clara Triceratops Dog ToyBocce’s Bakery 12-Day Advent Calendar Dog Treats, and the Lulubelles Power Plush Let’s Get Lit Menorah Dog Toy. Learn more about all of the products and services Urban Pooch has to offer at urbanpooch.com.

Playtime Credit to Bosly’s Backyard$25+
4011 N Ravenswood Ave

Gift your favorite pawent or furry friend with playtime credit to Bosly’s Backyard! Gift Certificates come in a range of amounts between $25-250.

Bosly’s a one-of-a-kind indoor dog play space with 2400 square feet for your dog to run, jump, and play! They offer solo private sessions, the ability for your dog to bring buddies, small social group play where you can meet new pup pals, training classes, birthday PAWties, events, and more! Visit boslysbackyard.com for more.

Chicago Pet Bowls from Six Point Pets

Back by popular demand! Six Point Pets has finally relaunched their ceramic dog and cat bowls! These stylish, heavyweight water bowls come emblazoned with the iconic Chicago Star.

Six Point Pet offers locally made pet products in exciting patterns, either designed in-house or in collaboration with other artists. Browse and shop at sixpointpet.com.

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