Michael Wolf's book of acclaimed photographs cast Chicago skyscrapers in a more microscopic context—perfect for someone who's smitten with modern photography (and/or a voyeur). Splurge on Composite #1, a limited-edition print from the series that peers into the mysterious corncob world of Marina Towers.
You're So Gifted
The UrbanDaddy Chicago Holiday Gift Guide
The holidays are always so unfair. Between office parties, secret Santa swaps, ugly sweater fetes and the occasional champagne soiree, you're also expected to shop—for other people, no less. Don't worry, we've been poking around for everyone on your list…
Art Smith's mastery of the artistic medium known as the buttermilk biscuit truly approaches MacArthur Genius Grant level. Order a dozen of these cheddar-topped, fluffy-centered little masterpieces, which are shipped with 10 pounds of dry ice and arrive frozen—ready for the nearest oven. (Gravy not included.)
We all know Mies van der Rohe's dictum (um, pictured here), but somehow that saying transcended mere steel-and-glass office buildings this year. So give those savvy recessionistas in your life this heather-gray tee, proclaiming their newfound asceticism. Then carry on shopping.
Some people never know when to stop—which explains things like marathons, eating contests and Blago's book tour. For the first one, there is iBlink, a Chicago-based company making headphones with tiny white lights that, yes, blink in time with the music. This helps increase visibility when you're running at night—or dancing in the dark.
Richard Dayhoff Boxer Briefs
When Gisele shows off her umlauts, a good pair of underwear is a thing of beauty. For you (hey, you deserve a little something), it's probably better to err on the functional side. Chicago designer Richard Dayhoff's just-released line of high-tech microfiber boxer briefs is designed to keep you cool and comfy, and right where you need it most.