Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021: Local Items Your Dad Will Love

Father’s Day is June 20, and whether you are together or apart, we bet your dad deserves some love this Father’s Day. Here are eight ideas for gifts that you can pick up around Chicago and the North Shore, and as a bonus, support local businesses in the process. It’s a win-win.

Tala Coffee Roasters Coffee Club Subscription
Starts at $18 per week

428 Green Bay Rd., Suite B, Highwood

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Up his caffeine game with a weekly or monthly delivery of coffee roasted locally in Libertyville. Better yet, being a member has its perks, including exclusive roasts and merchandise.

J.McLaughlin Patterned Socks

Shops at Market Square, 261 Market Square, Lake Forest

J.McLaughlin Patterned Socks, father's day gift guide

Socks are a classic gift that dad can never have too much of, right? Pick up a pair with a fun pattern featuring his favorite hobby, sport or four-legged friend at J.McLaughlin.

Solo Stove Fire Pit
Three sizes, starts at $269.99

Backyard BBQ Store, 535 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette

Is there anything better than a crisp night around the fire with family and friends? Dad will be the hit of the block with his new portable Solo Stove fire pit that burns more efficiently, resulting in less smoke.

Pull Start Fire
Starts at $19.99

Pick it up locally at Lowe’s, Camping World


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Want to make the campfire a little more spectacular for the entire family? Pick up a Pull Start Fire – with the pull of a string, you can light up a fire with no matches, lighters or kindling. It’s even rain and wind proof, and made from 89% recycled material. The kids will think its magic, and everyone else will love the convenience.

Birkenstock Men’s Arizona Eva R Sandals

Forest Bootery, Shops at Market Square, 284 E. Market Square, Lake Forest

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These stylish Birks are quite the MVP: they are waterproof, flexible and lightweight, making them perfect for the pool, beach or post-workout.

Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair

Uncle Dan’s, 1600 Sherman Ave., Evanston & 621 Central Ave., Highland Park

Is dad a big Yeti fan? Surprise him with Yeti’s Trailhead Camp Chair. It’s lightweight, portable, and folds up easily to take wherever adventure leads him.

Local Brews at Sketchbook Brewing Company

821 Chicago Ave, Evanston

This local microbrewery treats beer as art, and may we say it is a delicious masterpiece. Pick up a few of their year-round bestsellers, or seasonal brews, to pair with dad’s BBQ.

“Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age” by Annalee Newitz

Bookends and Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston

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If dad loves a good read, pick up this new book from Evanston’s Bookends and Beginnings. In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on a quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history.

All-City Classic Men’s Jersey

Wheel and Sprocket, 1027 Davis St., Evanston

Bikers can never have enough jerseys, and this top from Wheel & Sprocket is perfect for hot summer days on the Lakefront path.

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Macaire Douglas

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.