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Much to our delight, our May became a made-in-Chicago treasure hunt--from jeans designed in a River North studio to edibles made by area artisans. Our most popular stories this month spoke volumes about the strength of the buy-local movement; here’s where to go to discover new homegrown talent.  

Get it all in one place

The Mother’s Day edition of the Dose Market gave us a fresh way to treat our moms this year, and we’ll be back as Dose celebrates its one-year anniversary on June 24. Sign up for updates to find out which local chefs, artisans and designers will be doling out your Sunday-morning shopping spree.

Wear Chicago-designed duds

Who knew our craving for candy-colored jeans could be satisfied so close to home? Denim label M2F is based right here in Chicago, and we got our first feel of its supersoft, eco-friendly jeans when Bucktown boutique Edith Hart showcased the line during a trunk show earlier this month. Now we’re collecting every hue.

Eat a farm-fresh lunch

It’s our new favorite weekend brunch (and everyday lunch) spot: City Farms Market & Grill in Lakeview, where carrot-cake pancakes, spinach salad with Amish chicken and an over-the-top porchetta sandwich have won our hearts. The best part? It all comes from local farms that don’t use industrial methods or chemicals.

Bring Chicago design home

The new location of Grand Avenue shop Post 27 looks a bit sleeker than its original digs across the street, but owner Angela Finney-Hoffman still loves sourcing many products from Chicago designers like New Breed and Garth Borovicka and vintage clothes from Axis of Evelyn.

Collect Chicago-made art

We’re smitten with the tropical themes we saw at the photo exhibit currently on view at the historic Water Tower gallery, and it turns out the artist is a Chicagoan with vision that extends beyond the Windy City. The photographs in Doug Fogelson’s “Exit Eden” series are lush, bursting with color and appealingly moody all at once.

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