For something truly unique, it’s worth exploring Chicago’s different neighbourhoods. Goose Island is the only island on the Chicago River and home to one of the city’s many breweries. The nightlife positively hops here, but you’ll also find one-off gifts and classy crafts. Around Old Town there is, as you'd expect, plenty of character in the setting, even when you're just window shopping. The old German-American heritage is evident as you browse the unusual homeware stories around Lincoln Square, and there are some great boutiques, local shops and dining options around Bucktown and Wicker Park.