OLD TOWN

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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:

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