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Chicago Father's Day Gift Guide: Shop Local and Find Unique Gifts and Experiences for the Chicago Dad

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

If your dad's a Chicago fan, you'll find something to honor him on father's day here

Father's Day is approaching, and it's time to show appreciation for the Chicago dads in your life. If you're looking for the perfect gift that captures the spirit of the Windy City, we've curated a Chicago-themed gift guide to help you find something special. Whether your dad is a sports enthusiast, a beer connoisseur, or a music lover, there's something for every Chicago dad.

  1. Take Dad to a Cubs Game: Treat your dad to an unforgettable experience by getting him tickets to a Chicago Cubs game. Enjoy the electric atmosphere at Wrigley Field as you cheer on the home team and create lasting memories.
  2. For the Barbecue Lover, Head for the Backyard Barbecue Store: If you walk along the lakefront when the weather gets warm you'll know that Chicago loves its barbecue. If your dad is a member of that club the Backyard Barbecue Store is the ideal place to get his Father's Day gift. With over 5000 items available for purchase, including state of the art traditional gas and charcoal grills, smokers, and indoor outdoor grills, along with patio furniture, gas logs, and a variety of other products. They always grill on Sundays so stop by to sample what they're cooking or sign dad up for a class on grilling techniques Gift cards in set or custom amounts can also be purchased.
  3. Give Dad the Experience of Local Beer from Goose Island Beers: Chicago is known for its craft beer scene, and Goose Island is a local favorite. Surprise your dad with a selection of Goose Island beers, featuring unique flavors and styles that celebrate the city's brewing heritage. It's the perfect gift for beer-loving dads.
  4. Pamper Dad with Skin Care For Gents: Dads deserve some well-deserved self-care, and what better way to indulge in self-care than with a rejuvenating hydrofacial from the private Chicago Spa, Skin Care For Gents? A hydrofacial is the perfect option to relax dad on his special day and leave him looking great. With a hydrofacial, your dad can enjoy a 30-minute session that will leave his skin feeling renewed and give him an extra boost of confidence. Other services are also available.
  5. If Your Dad Loves Vintage and Music, Get Him Vinyl Records: For music-loving dads, consider gifting them vinyl records from iconic Chicago artists like Chicago, Kanye West, or Muddy Waters. Browse local record stores to find albums that resonate with your dad's musical tastes and let him enjoy the nostalgic sound of vinyl. Here is a list of record stores in the Chicago area for you to check out.
  6. Give Dad a Good Laugh at The Second City: Known as the first name in comedy and improv, this Chicago institution has entertained Chicagoans since 1959. Some of the people who were trained here include Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, and Steven Colbert, and it became a feeder school for Saturday Night Live, with such notable comedians as Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, John and Jim Belushi, John Candy, Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, and Martin Short. There are eight different shows you can take dad to see throughout the day and night on Father's Day. If your dad would like to try out some comedy himself, you can also book a class for him at the famed institution.
  7. Let Dad Show Off His Love of the Windy City With Chicago-themed Apparel: Show your dad's Chicago pride with stylish and unique Chicago-themed apparel. Look for t-shirts, hoodies, or hats that feature the Chicago flag, iconic landmarks like the Bean, or references to beloved sports teams. Your dad can wear his love for the city wherever he goes. A few stores that have great options include, Clark Street Sports, Chitown Clothing (online) and Chicago Clothing Compan
  8. For the Foody Dad, Take Him on a Chicago Food Tour: Treat your dad to a culinary adventure by booking a Chicago food tour. Explore the diverse food scene of the city and indulge in delicious dishes from famous deep-dish pizza to mouthwatering hot dogs. It's a fantastic way to bond with your dad and savor the flavors of Chicago.
  9. For the Golf Lover, Book a Tee Time: With 14 golf courses in Chicago and another 85 withing 20 miles of the Windy City, you'll have no problem finding somewhere to play. Some of the more popular ones include Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course which has an amazing view of Lake Michigan and Montrose Harbor, the South Shore Golf Course which also has a panoramic view of the lake, and the Diversey Driving Range, one of the most picturesque courses in Chicago, with views of the skyline, Lincoln Park Zoo, Diversey Harbor and Lake Michigan.
  10. Take Dad on a Chicago Architecture Boat Tour: If your dad has an appreciation for architecture, surprise him with tickets to a Chicago architecture boat tour. Sail along the Chicago River while enjoying breathtaking views of the city's iconic skyscrapers and learning about its rich architectural history.

Remember, the best gift is one that reflects your dad's interests and passions. This Chicago-themed gift guide offers a variety of options to help you find something special that celebrates both your dad and the vibrant city of Chicago. Show your love and appreciation this Father's Day with a unique and meaningful gift.

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