As the bride-to-be, you want your bridesmaids to know just how much it means to you that they are there to share in this momentous occasion. After all, these are your very best friends — and deserve the royal treatment. Below are the best places for Chicago brides to find that very special something for her very special bridesmaids.
Located on a trendy strip of Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park, Art Effect offers darling gifts for everyone. You'll find an assortment of jewelry, accessories, clothing, home goods and so much more. They carry a variety of independent brands alongside bigger names like Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler.
If you want to show your bridesmaids just how happy you are that they're with you, venture to Stitch where you can browse through collections of unique finds for each of your friends. Opt for a monogrammed leather clutch or a dazzling set of gold studs from Elizabeth and James.
No bridesmaid gift is complete without a heartfelt note from the bride-to-be. Paperish Mess is a boutique in Ukrainian Village that specializes in witty, one-of-kind greeting cards that blow the typical Hallmark selection out of the water. You can also browse locally made art, jewelry, and other quirky gifts.
For the bridesmaid who loves to cook (and there's always one in the group!), head over to Eataly for a wide assortment of gift ideas for your food-loving friend. You can choose from delectable wine and olive oils, beautiful cookbooks, and even designer cookware. Read real brides' reviews here!
If you're looking for some beauty finds for your girls, Merz Apothecary is a must-see. They have two locations in the city, and offer impossible-to-find labels like Chidoriya and Meow Meow Tweet. The staff is super knowledgeable and eager to chat about their favorite products. You'll definitely get happily lost among all of the skincare and beauty choices, and may even take home something for yourself.