Hamakor Gallery From kitschy to classic, this shop is all about everything Jewish. Think items from CDs and apparel to kosher food and wedding bands. And it doesn’t mess around when it comes to menorahs. Incorporate Disney into your traditions with the Mickey, Minnie & Pluto Skating Menorah ($50), learn some dance moves with the Heavy Patina Brass Hora Dancers menorah ($150), or go big with the Rounded Branch Floor menorah ($325), which stands 55 inches tall. 4150 Dempster St, Skokie (847-677-4150, jewishsource.com). Mon–Wed, 10am–6pm; Thu, 10am–9pm; Fri, 10am–3pm.
Hoypoloi This Chinatown gallery is known for its decorative glassware, but it also houses Jewish artwork including high-end menorahs. Take the Yuri Koretksy menorah ($465), for instance. Plus, here’s a little trivia: Hoypoloi’s other location is in Disney World. 2235 S Wentworth Ave (312-225-6477, hoypoloi.com). Mon–Thu, Sun, 11am–8pm.
MCA Store The Museum of Contemporary Art Store is one of our favorites for eclectic gifts (such as Kidrobot’s figures from The Simpsons or Dave Gatzmer’s Duck Tape Tie), but it tones down the wacky factor when it comes to menorahs. Following a more traditional stance, Josh Owen’s Cast Iron menorah ($150) stands with a dominant brass statue. The simple, clear Flexus Menorah ($130) is useful throughout the year, thanks to its ability to separate into individual candleholders for the house. 220 E Chicago Ave (312-397-4000, mcachicagostore.org). Mon–Sat, 10am–8pm; Sun, 10am–6pm.
Rosenblum’s World of Judaica Another destination for all things Jewish, this store houses merch such as Aleph Bet floor mats/puzzles and software to tweak your minor language holes when the elders visit. There’s a wide range of menorahs, including children’s, contemporary, electric, oil and traditional options. 9153 Gross Point Road, Skokie (773-262-1700, alljudaica.com). Mon–Wed, 11am–6pm; Thu, 11am–7pm; Fri, 9am–2pm; Sun, 10am–4pm.
The Spertus Shop Nestled in the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, this store features chic, contemporary art and accessories from Israel’s prime designers. Menorah options include the tranquil Zen Menorah ($30) and Todd Myers’s Nambe Illume Menorah ($175)—resembling Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate. 610 S Michigan Ave (312-322-1740, spertusshop.org). Sun–Wed, 10am–5pm; Thu, 10am–6pm.