Jun 1 2012

GEM BAR by Erin Gallagher: Gift Picks for Grads


Erin Gallagher’s Jewelry is a local Chicago jewelry designer that we’re kind of obsessed with. This site has a GEM BAR, where customers choose and mix and match chains and stones and get to let their creative juices flow.  Pieces can be customized to reflect school colors, birthstones, favorite stones.  Totally unique, totally meaningful. Lots of gift ideas under $100. Hand-made in Chicago.

—–> Featured on TV w/ TGI: Top Gift Picks for Dads and Grads.


Jan 17 2011

Top 5 Most Romantic Restaurants in Chicago

The Gift Insider’s local Chicago gift girl, Alexx Miles, helps you men out there find the most romantic date spots in Chicago.

The Gift Insider knows that the same restaurants get old and the last thing anyone wants is a dull date, so spice it up this Valentine’s Day and visit one of these hot spots. We’d love to hear some of your favorite romantic spots, comment and let us know!

1. Fred’s at Barney’s
15 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611-1205 (312) 596-1111
Barney’s is obviously gorgeous, but just wait until you see Fred’s Restaurant at the top with Chef Jean Tippenhauer. You will be pleasantly surprised by everything Fred’s has to offer from the atmosphere to the fabulous food and drinks.

2. Signature Room at the 95th
875 North Michigan Avenue # 1525 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 787-9596
Located at the top of the John Hancock Center, the view itself is enough of a reason to check out the Signature room. That being said, the atmosphere, which offers live jazz on weekends, isn’t the only reason people are raving about it. The Signature Room offers the best of the best when it comes to Contemporary American fare.

3. The Village
71 W. Monroe Chicago IL 60603 (312) 332-7005
Designed like a small italian village, the delicious italian food and cozy booths create the perfect atmosphere for the perfect date.

4. Cornelias
750 West Cornelia Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 248-8333
A Chicago favorite with a fantastic staff, delicious food and gorgeous atmosphere. Its a little less expensive than the previously mentioned spots, but that doesn’t make it any less fabulous.

5. Rose Angelis
1314 West Wrightwood Avenue # 1 Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 296-0081
This first come first serve restaurant is a Chicago gem that is a must-visit. You’ll feel right at home while dining on some of the best Italian in Chicago perpared by Chef Lawrence Rosenblum.

Now that you have the perfect date spot, all you need is the perfect gift.  Check out our unique and creative gift ideas here!

For more romantic date ideas check out The Best Tables in Town article by Urban Daddy, Valentine’s Day Prices and Menus from ChicagoFoodWores.

Comment here and let us know your favorite spots around Chicago.  You know everyone needs some help around Valentine’s Day to find the perfect date spot – we want to hear your favorites!




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