The Reader’s 2021 Gift Guide

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Here are some items, locations to donate, and extra concepts to think about for this Chicago reward giving season. And bear in mind, you may at all times discover objects that assist the Chicago Reader at our reward store, store.chicagoreader.com.

Adam M. Rhodes, employees author and co-host of Chicago Queer & Now

Jamie Ludwig, affiliate editor

  • Art prints of native music venues from Maura Walsh’s Tiny Chicago Music Scene Project ($30 every with curated units of six chosen prints for $120) blacknailstudiochicago.com/shop
Maura Walsh’s <i>Tiny Chicago Music Scene Project</i> prints

Karen Hawkins, co-publisher and co-editor in chief

  • Darling by Kayla Ancrum. This modern-day retelling of Peter Pan set in Chicago was written for younger adults, however it scared the bejesus outta me—in a great way—as a grown-ass girl. ($18.99 hardcover, $10.99 book)
    ​​indiebound.org
  • Lavender Chai House Body Oil from Lena Rose. So lengthy, ashy winter pores and skin, because of this luxuriously silky oil with seasonal scents straight from heaven. ($38)
    lenarosebeauty.com 
  • Chicago Flag Necklace from Stumble and Relish. Hometown delight, however make it shiny. ($14) 
    stumbleandrelish.com
  • “Bitch, Please. I’m From Chicago” mug from The Silver Room. Author Mikki Kendall confirmed this off throughout her Reader e book membership look, and I haven’t been the identical since. ($16)
    thesilverroom.com
  • I Woke Up Like Dis / Feminist T-shirt from A Long Walk Home. A comfortable shirt, a feminist manifesto, and a profit for an incredible nonprofit multi function. ($30)
    alongwalkhome.org/shop

Leor Galil, music author

  • Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago, by Ayana Contreras (University of Illinois Press). I knew I had to purchase this cultural historical past of Black Chicago the minute Vocalo music director, DJ, and historian Ayana Contreras introduced it earlier this yr; it arrives December 14. ($19.95)
    indiebound.org 
  • Jeff Parker, JP’s MySpace Beats double-LP (International Anthem). The celebrated jazz guitarist and Tortoise member issued this vinyl-only compilation of his mid-2000s beat scene productions, which illuminates the connections between instrumental hip-hop and jazz. ($35)
    intlanthem.bandcamp.com
  • Hamburger Dad (VHS) and Strange Tapes zine. The Chicago cult-video zine Strange Tapes not solely reissued two variations of this early 2000s, no funds, shot-on-video Seattle comedy a couple of father who experiences a Kafkaesque transformation right into a burger (I want the brief model), however put collectively a reasonably neat compendium concerning the films. ($30)
    strangetapeszine.bigcartel.com 
  • Original 1971 urgent of Ella Jenkins’s “I Got A Harmonica for Chanukah” b/w “It’s a Holiday” and a Hohner harmonica ($25). The crew behind a forthcoming documentary on the “first woman of Children’s Music,” Chicago’s Ella Jenkins, are promoting lately salvaged unique copies of this pleasant 50-year-old vacation seven-inch. ($25 for set)
    ellajenkinsfilm.bandcamp.com
Ella Jenkins’s holiday-themed seven-inch was initially launched in 1971.

Lisa Solomon Mann, senior account govt and co-host of Cannabis Conversations section on The Ben Joravsky Show

  • For a favourite couple, or your somebody particular, give a {couples} therapeutic massage or power therapeutic remedy at Massage Evolved, a woman-owned and -operated small enterprise within the West Loop. (providers beginning at $125 per individual)
    massageevolved.com
  • For the good friend who shared that their intercourse life wants some spicing up, the horny Truth or Dare sport will help mild a fireplace within the bed room (or past). ($14.95)
    early2bed.com
  • Since alcohol and household vacation dinners don’t at all times combine . . . CANN Social Tonic, an all pure, low-dose hashish beverage is designed to provide you a lightweight and uplifting buzz. Available at space dispensaries. Lemon Lavender is my favourite! ($24 for a six-pack, or three six-packs for $54)
    drinkcann.com
  • For your furry good friend(s): Cubbington’s Cabinet P’Nut Budder CBD Drops will help them sit back with you, possibly even throughout NYE fireworks. Other flavors can be found at Cubbington’s Cabinet in Roscoe Village. ($55)
    cubbingtons.com

Micco Caporale, listings coordinator

  • Hand-marbled leather-based cowboy boots by Cloina ($89)
    cloina.store

Salem Collo-Julin, tradition editor

  • The Beautiful Men of Goth 2022 calendar made by Chicago artist Erin Page ($30)
    erinpageforever.com 
  • A one-year membership to Experimental Sound Studio ($40-$500)
    ess.org 
  • A present certificates to purchase zines and different stuff at Quimby’s ($5-$100)
    quimbys.com 
Musician and artist Douglas Ewart leads a tour of his exhibition on view at ESS by December 12.

Taryn Allen, editorial affiliate and co-host of Chicago Queer & Now

Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel, viewers engagement supervisor

  • Tiny Tiny Tiny Tiny Bulldog Harness by Emma Alamo ($85)
    emmaalamo.com
  • Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theater and Performance (Northwestern University Press, $34.95)
    indiebound.org
A video created by Free Street Theater within the honor of Giving Tuesday 2021.

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