Chicago Avenue changes dramatically on its way west from downtown. Between Western and Rockwell, it takes on a neighborhood feel, without the density of other shopping districts. But a treasure chest of a gift shop, Komoda, is the anchor that makes this area a guaranteed success for gifting.
Pick up a Juliska decanter at flower shop Marguerite Gardens and a bottle of wine from the solid selection at Tabb’s Food and Liquor (great beer here too); add a pound of locally roasted Dark Matter coffee beans from the Star Lounge coffee bar to a set of vintage mugs from Beehive vintage shop; customize a vintage flannel from Beehive by adding one of Komoda’s embroidered patches, made by hip Parisian maker
Macon & Lesquoy.
A collection of house-designed hats and cool jewelry at Squasht; plants in cool containers at Marguerite Gardens; vintage cheese trays and embroidered pillows at Beehive; shearling slippers from Poland, at Komoda. Pro tips: Parking isn’t bad in this neighborhood, but keep an eye out for zoned spots. The Star Lounge is your source for coffee, but the Ukrainian Shokolad Cafe is an underthe-radar find for a quick bite.
What to get:Other picks: Slippers made in Poland are sold at Komoda, a gift shop in the West Townneighborhood.