Among the many boutiques found along Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park lies Ten Thousand Villages. The shop is a great place to find handmade gifts for friends and family. Throughout the store, you will find a vast collection of jewelry, handbags, and accessories, all at a reasonable price. Included in each purchase is a small card detailing who made your gift and how it was made.
Ten Thousand Villages, 840 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 327 6453
Started in 2006, GreenSky is Andersonville’s first eco-friendly shop. The shop is known for its colorful and quirky eco-friendly items that are produced by local artisans. Looking for furniture made from recycled milk jugs? Or how about some razors made from yogurt cups? GreenSky has got you covered.
Greensky, 5357 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 275-1911
Located in Old Town, Greenheart offers a wide range of clothing, home décor, kitchen items, toys, jewelry, and gifts. Its products are eco-friendly and support artisans all over the world, including locals. The shop is part of the Greenheart International Organization, which works to promote environmentalism, cultural exchange, and the end global poverty through volunteer programs. Greenheart is also a member of the Chicago Fair Trade and the Fair Trade Federation.
Greenheart Shop, 1714 N Wells St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 264 1625
Unlike many of the other fair trade stores in the city, Mata Traders focuses on fashion, offering handmade jewelry, clothing and bags by artisans in India. Mata works closely with the women it employs and provides them with educational opportunities and workshops. The shop is located on Clark Street in the Andersonville Galleria.
Mata Traders, 5247 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 878 8570