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A per­fect mix of shops within a tight ra­dius make Lin­coln Av­enue be­tween Le­land and Lawrence one of the best gift shop­ping streets in town. Nearby An­der­son­ville has an­other great down­town with plenty of lo­cal shops, but if you’re tight on time, the more tightly edited op­tions on Lin­coln Av­enue keep it clean and quick. What to get: Grab a cool board game at Time­less Toys, then add a book from the Book Cel­lar, where we rely on solid staff rec­om­men­da­tions to steer us in the right di­rec­tion. A hand­made pottery matcha bowl and gleam­ing brass spoon from Planet Ac­cess make an un­ex­pected server for olives from Au­gusta Food and Wine (just around the cor­ner on Le­land). Choose from a wide se­lec­tion of ir­rev­er­ent nov­elty socks at En­joy Ur­ban Gen­eral Store, then grab a luxe foot cream from

Merz Apothe­cary.

Other picks: Men’s groom­ing prod­ucts (in­clud­ing old-school shav­ing sup­plies) at Q Broth­ers, Merz Apothe­cary’s men’s store; sweaters and jew­elry at Planet Ac­cess; wickedly funny gifts and cute baby things at En­joy; Euro­pean can­dies, beer and, of course, sausages at Gene’s.

Pro tips: This neigh­bor­hood has easy ac­cess via the Brown Line to Western, and park­ing is made eas­ier by lots near the “L” stop as well as street park­ing on both Western and Lin­coln. If you’re look­ing for a bite to eat while shop­ping, the Book Cel­lar or Cafe Sel­marie is a solid op­tion for a snack.


A matcha bowl and brass spoon from Lin­coln Square’s Planet Ac­cess, filled with olives from the nearby shop Au­gustaFood and Wine.

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