Forth Chicago 2014 Gift Guide Part 2: all women-owned businesses, all local, all awesome, all for the artsy charming biker / by Katie Kenney


Part Two of our Holiday Guide has even more awesome products guessed it...the wonderful women of Chicago. Skip the store and support these amazing businesses instead!

Le Papier Studio

Le Papier Studio takes your favorite memories from 2014 and turns them into artifacts to last for many years to come. Artist & Forth Alum takes your photographs and transforms them into heirloom pieces, fine art prints, beautiful jewelry, stationary sets and many more silhouette-inspired gifts. You may have seen Vana's work featured in InStyle Magazine or on The Today Show - and for good reason! Her silhouette-inspired pieces are personal and thoughtful, and make the perfect present for any of your loved ones.


We love: The 2015 calendar, to start of the year right and the beautiful lucite monogram trays For your mom: Silhouette Family Trees For your neighbor: Family Silhouette Address Stamp

Po Campo

Po Campo provides functional & fashionable bags for the bikers on your holiday gift list. Founded by Forth Alum, Maria Bestead, the company is actively supporting the urban biking community by providing a long list of products perfect for any 2-wheel commuter.

FotorCreated We love: The Bike & Be Free gift basket & the Reflecting Pins make great stocking stuffers! For your guy: The Humboldt Messenger (on sale!) For your yogi friend who bikes to class, the grocery store & everywhere in between: The Pilsen Bungee Bag

Badass Cross Stitch

Forth Alum, Shannon Downey and badass, offers up cross stich products, patterns, accessories and supplies for your unconventional friends interested in some great cross stitch art. Check out her Etsy shop for a Movember Stitch-a-Stache DIY Kit and check back soon for a Holiday Ornament kit too!


We love: This sassy framed holiday cross-stitch  For any friend who cross-stitches or wants to start: the DIY kit! 

Jessica Jacobs Art

Jessica Jacobs is an artist and designer whose work has been exhibited all over the world. She aims to create images that use color to attract the viewer and elicit an emotional response - and you're in luck because she's currently having a studio sale!



We love: The quiet quality of her photography - Check out her studio sale here

Brain Surgeons & Rocket Scientists

Brain Surgeons & Rocket Scientists is Forth Alum, Aimee Schewe's Etsy shop full of letterpress cards and lots of lovely things. She currently has a handful of Holiday cards for those of you who are attempting the endeavor of sending out notes to your loved ones. And don't forget to order thank you notes for all the gifts under the tree with your name on them! il_570xN.376278044_8wfp We love: The "Holiday Card" - plain & simple For your friend from Michigan: "Hail to the Victors" print 

Winter Bureau

Winter Bureau is a shop curated by Veronica Corzo - Duchardt, a Cuban-American artist, designer and print-maker & Forth Alum, that offers limited edition screenprints. She focuses on both engaging and preserving our past through her art. If you're in Chicago, contact Vernoica, as she has framed pieces available too!

Nc_stamps We love: The simplicity of NC No. 1

For yourself: Because everyone needs a reminder to just "Breathe"! 


"Change the world with a charm" is Altruette's mission - 50% of their profits go toward their cause partners and wearing Altruette jewelry helps spread the word about non-profits doing amazing things to make the world a better place. Altruette has also made it simple to trim down your to-do list and finish your shopping for the year -  choose a charm for three special occasions and they'll mail your loved one her charm two weeks before each event. No more missed birthdays or anniversaries!


We love: The personalized "initial" necklaces

For your friend with bad luck: A lucky charm :)

Heritage Littles


We've got your mom, sister, neighbor and best friend's gifts covered...but what about the kids?! Heritage Littles is the perfect place to pick up some things for your little ones who've made the "Nice" list this year. Go check out the shop for bikes, helmets and various bike accessories, then pop across the street to Heritage Bicycle Shop for a coffee and maybe even a bike to accompany your kids' under the tree ;). We guarantee you'll love the space - we even hosted our Spring '14 salon there!


We love: The Lil' Dutchi Linus, pictured above

For every kid who owns a bike: The #1 necessity- a cool helmet!!

Want MORE? Check out Part 1 of our gift guide with ideas for the well designed home