What better way to remember a city than through a celebratory memento? Bring home the best of what Chicago has to offer with these local gifts.
Customized Gift Basket
Play up the Windy City connection with MyFavoriteCity.com's Gift Basket Sampler that includes a little bit of everything that makes the city great, from sports, to food, to trivia. All the contents are branded with the city name, and you'll get coffee, a mug, chocolate, mints, Tootsie Rolls (a city institution), a pen, playing cards and trivia cards, and a Cubs, White Sox, or Bears t-shirt can-coozie.
Bring home some authentic city tastes with a frozen deep-dish pizza from Lou Malnati's or Gino's East, and for dessert, have some of Garrett Popcorn's Chicago-specific mix—a blend of cheese corn and caramel corn. Bonus: they all can be shipped, too, if you get especially nostalgic after you're home.
Learn a little about the Second City's history and its most notorious serial killer by reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. The book details the crimes of H. H. Holmes, who brought women into his murder castle on the south side during the 1893 Columbian Exposition world's fair. The New York Times bestseller masterfully describes the city at the time, and is a transportive read.
Jennifer Billock lives in Chicago and covers the city for Travel + Leisure.