8 Local Gifts Your Dad Will Love This Father’s Day

Whether you are together or apart, we bet your dad deserves some love this Father’s Day. Here are eight ideas for gifts from local businesses that show him some love, and are all available online, for delivery or safe pick-up. As a bonus, they support our local businesses during the Covid-19 restrictions and many Black and minority-owned businesses, too.

For the Dad with a Sweet Tooth


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Since markets and fairs are canceled, Justice of the Pies has her amazing desserts available for pick up at the below restaurants (make sure you check her site for details!):

For the Dad that Digs Self Care


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Cowboys and Astronauts in Andersonville sells clothing, accessories and self care items that dad will appreciate. We love this Leather Perfume Oil and Activated Charcoal & Bamboo Body Scrub1478 W Summerdale Ave, Chicago

For the Book Lover


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Semicolon Bookstore has lists organized by favorite topics to shop from, including Poetry, “Better Than the Movie,” Staff Picks, “So Good You Can’t Put It Down,” and more. 515 N Halsted St, Chicago

For the Foodie

Order food to-go, or buy gift cards to local restaurants. Some favorite Black-owned restaurants that serve up food dad will love include:

Hecky’s Barbecue
Eleven Eleven
Taste 222
Batter and Berries
Grail Cafe
Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Virtue Restaurant
TeaPotBrew Bakery

For the Local Beer Lover


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Grab a pack of local brews and this rad hat by Half Acre, available at their Lincoln Avenue brewery. They also have a selection of bandanas, tees, sunglasses, coolers and toys for man’s best friend, too. Pre-order online and schedule a curbside pick-up, or pop into their Lincoln storefront (don’t forget your mask!). 4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

For the Cyclist


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Book Dad a tune-up at a local shop to show his bike some TLC, or set him up with a brand new set of wheels! Logan Square’s Four Star Family Cyclery is locally owned (and women-owned, too). 3101 W Diversey Ave, Chicago

For the Dad with the Green Thumb


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Plant Shop Chicago is open for online orders, and carries some of the most unique houseplants around. If Dad loves to garden outside, Chalet Nursery and City Grange are open and stocked with veggies, herbs and more.

For the Music and Art Lover


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Transistor, another Andersonville favorite, supports more than 50 local independent artists. With an extensive selection of unique art, electronics and wearables, they also carry an impressive selection of vinyl records. Does dad need some groovy new records? Check! Chicago artwork for his home office walls? Check! 5224 N. Clark St., Chicago

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Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.