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Locally-made goods make great last-minute gifts

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Food makes a great last minute holiday gift,” says Lisa Santos, owner of the Southport Grocery, who has compiled the following list of gift items available at her store on 3552 N. Southport in Chicago.

Glunz Family’s Biana’s Chardonnay: this wine is produced in small batches and is packaged by a family of bottlers and suppliers in Grayslake, IL ($20)

Co-Op Hot Sauce: in collaboration with Southport Grocery, Co-Op has developed a fermented local grape hot sauce made from hand-picked Midwest ingredients that is both sweet and powerfully spicy ($4.95)

Dough Dough Bird Bakery’s Soft Gingerbread Cookies: these famous cookies are baked from scratch with all natural ingredients and are only available during the holiday season ($9.25)

Metropolis Coffee’s Southport Brew: packaged especially for Southport, a medium roast that perfectly pairs with breakfast; it’s great for percolating at home on those lazy winter mornings ($14.50)

Southport Grocery’s Famous Dilly Beans: a Good Food Award-winning customer favorite, the dilly beans are handmade in-store with an unwavering bouquet of spices and a smooth vinegar bite ($7.50)

Illinois Sparkling Company’s Stereo Sparkling Wine: with its golden color and faint taste of honey and citrus, this wine is grown in the rolling Illinois River hills and bottled using traditional methods at the company’s Peru, IL winery ($38)

“This gift guide makes it easy for our customers to find a quick and great gift for anyone on their list, promises Santos.”

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