Tucked in between the bars and restaurants on Wells Street between North Avenue and Schiller are a few go-to spots for great gifts — especially if you’re into giving food, which generally makes for an easy-to-choose, surefire gift. After all, it doesn’t need to fit or match; it just has to taste good.
Go all-chocolate with a collection of hot cocoa mixes from the Spice House, plus a Wells St. classic box of mixed chocolate treats from the Fudge Pot; add a bottle of Tuscan extra virgin olive oil from Old Town Oil to baguettes from La Fournette and smoked salt from the Spice
House; pair up a Chicago neighborhood spice set from the Spice House with a Chicago-themed gift from Judy Maxwell Home.
Sets of olive oil and vinegar from Old Town Oil; handmade jewelry and fun home goods from Judy Maxwell; farther north on Wells is another great gift stop: Green (1718 N. Wells), a longtime floral source for interior designers and stylists, has not only beautiful flowers and quirky plants, but also an amazing collection of African and other artifacts and textiles — not cheap, but truly amazing.
Parking is a bear in this stretch of the city — the Brown Line stop at Sedgwick is a few blocks away if you’d prefer to avoid the parking pain, or plan to circle the neighborhood patiently or walk a little farther to get a spot.
Green, a store in Old Town, is a longtime floral source for interior designers and stylists.Pro tips:What to get:Other picks: