• Chicago-Style Crafts Make Great City-Themed Gifts

     
    POSTED December 27, 2016
     

These gifts beat your usual pit stop souvenirs. Instead, illustrator Tammy Smith hand-makes cityspecific items including tea towels, pillows, platters and totes that provide novelty items for gift bags and clients. After being laid off as an artist for Hallmark Cards, Smith started her city collections in 2014 with a series devoted to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, but it’s her Chicago assortment that’s really taking off. Each piece features a whimsical depiction of the city skyline, Navy Pier, Lake Michigan, Wrigley Field and the Bean statue. What makes Smith unique is not only her gifts, but the fact that she can customize her products with the names and dates of specific events, making these the perfect party favors for your next gathering. 

The large clusters of the white, creamy flower of the elderberry is a frequent sight in the wilds of Texas May through July, so what better way to kick off the spring season than with a glass of The Butler House’s Elderflower Lemon Drop? Mix one up yourself and enjoy!

—1 oz. 1876 Vodka
— 1 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
—1 oz. lemon juice
—1/2 oz. Turbo simple syrup

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake then strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass and garnish with lemon zest. Cheers!

 

Lots of meetings, fresh ideas, flexibility and a dedicated team are all required to pull off the best. 

 

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.