Winter Wanderland

Shop Lincoln Square for the food lovers in your life

Lincoln Square's triangular nexus exudes neighborhood charm any time of year.

And come holiday season, it's not only one of the city's most festive stretches–it's a one-stop shop for all the gastronomic gifts on your list.

There's an abundance of gifts for the cooks, diners and drinkers in your life, all within a two-block stretch, which we've laid out in our print-and-go Winter Wanderland guide (click here to download).

Hit The Chopping Block's storefront for high-end finds, like colorful Le Creuset and Emile Henry cookware, and chic bamboo cutting boards. Trawl The Book Cellar's shelves for the year's best new cookbooks, and visit Gene's Sausage Shop, a two-story emporium of imported goods, for stocking stuffers and host gifts.

Down the block and around the corner is the tiny PNA Oriental Store, overflowing with Southeast Asian imports. Find high-end artisan goods, both domestic and imported from France, Italy and Spain, at its next-door neighbor, Provenance Food and Wine.

The area's final perk: Plenty of spots–like Café Selmarie, the über-classic Chicago Brauhaus, LM Restaurant, Bistro Campagne and nearby Spoon Thai–for refueling.