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
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.