Judaica, Books, Gifts

* Listings with an asterisk are part of the JUF/JF partnership of agencies serving the Chicago and worldwide Jewish community.

A-BnC Parties and More

113 McHenry Road, Suite 235
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 634 6535
Fax: (847) 634-6453
Email: judy@abncparties.com
Web: http://www.abncparties.com
Contact: Judy

Offers a variety of customized products and services for weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other events. Products include invitations and computer calligraphy, custom centerpieces, balloon decorations, imprinted novelties, accessories, etc.

A Family Affair

625 Euclid Court
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 433-1605
Contact: Lisa Schulkin

Jewish invitations and bar/bat mitzvahs and holiday cards. By appointment only.

The Art of Memory

Phone: (914) 316-4538, (312) 772-4689
Email: info@artofmemorypress.com
Web: http://www.artofmemorypress.com
Contact: Ilana Segal

Helping Jewish families preserve and honor their life stories, by conducting detailed biographical interviews and turning them into timeless, illustrated, hard-bound books. Special sensitivity to Holocaust survivors.

Arthur M. Feldman Judaica Gallery

465 Roger Williams Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 748-8123
Email: info@amfeldman.com
Web: http://www.arthurfeldmangallery.com

Special Judaica and appraisals. Antique, vintage and contemporary ritual items; fine art; photography; books on Jewish Art.

Bais Hasofer

2900 W. Coyle Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 274-2961

Books and safrus.

The Balloon Lady

1004 Hobson Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 520-0122, (800) 980-9816
Fax: (847) 520-6023

Balloons, balloon arches, and basic centerpieces, for bar/bat mitzvahs, and other simchas.

Chai Design

Email: hello@mychaidesigns.com
Web: http://www.mychaidesigns.com

Chai Design boutique offers modern personalized gifts and unique Jewish inspired designs -- for all the special times in your life!

Cool Ketubah

216 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 640-1999
Email: info@jnldesign.com
Web: http://coolketubah.com

Cool Ketubah is simply that: a good-looking, well designed Ketubah that looks like it belongs in the 21st Century. Designed by the Chicago-based graphic designer Jason Pickleman, whose works are in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Cool Ketubah projects the perfect balance between visual sophistication and poetic sentiment.

Creations by Eudice

12706 Sycamore Ct.
Huntley, IL 60142
Phone: (847) 669-7037
Email: euvid@comcast.net
Web: http://www.creationsbyeudice.com
Contact: Eudice Germaine

Watercolor, makeup, wearable art and glass artist, and esthetician. Creates one-of-a-kind pieces, including dichroic fused glass, waterproof Mezuzah cases, Hebrew name and chai pendants, cabinet knobs, and watches with glass bands. All glass is annealed for strength. Custom pieces to order for anniversaries, birthdays, new homes, and bar or bat mitzvahs. Eudice also gives private lessons in makeup application for day or evening. She was trained in New York by the makeup artist to the stars, Mark Traynor.

DAVKA Corporation

2750 W. Pratt Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (800) 621-8227, (773) 583-2333
Fax: (773) 583-5456
Email: sales@davka.com
Web: http://www.davka.com

Judaic software and mobile app developer with more than 100 products for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

Devorah Haggar Graphic Design & Photography

7033 N. Kedzie Ave., Apt. 203
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 262-1960
Email: devorah@devorahdesigns.com
Web: http://www.devorahdesigns.com
Contact: Devorah Haggar

Offers ©Jewish Name Art and unique Judaica gifts based on the meaning of your Hebrew name. Custom pieces of all kinds—for weddings, family name art, etc. Design professional for print communications, website design, photo imaging, composition, retouching and restoration. Photography for events, commercial, and portraits. Art direction and project management. By appointment only.

Diamond Presentations

9630 Laramie Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077-1262
Phone: (847) 677-9607
Email: ilenediamond@att.net
Contact: Ilene Diamond

Custom bar/bat mitzvah, wedding invitations, Judaica and Hebrew designs; imprinted kippot and benchers, party needs. Event planning and wedding consulting.

Dreidels & More

Phone: (312) 266-6620, (773) 562-5204
Fax: (312) 654-1065
Email: info@dreidelsandmore.com
Web: http://www.dreidelsandmore.com

Gallery of Judaica, giftware, clothing and jewelry from Israel's best designers. Menorahs, kiddush cups, candlesticks, mezuzahs, seder and matzah plates, challah trays, tzedakah boxes, and dreidels.

Essie Landsman Watercolors

1803 Westleigh Drive
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: (847) 998-0929
Email: essiel@comcast.net
Web: http://www.essielandsman.com
Contact: (Arlene) Essie Landsman

Custom-made ketubot, hamsa designs, Judaic art. Original watercolors created from your favorite photographs. Member American Jewish Artists Club.

Ethel Goldmeyer

7505 N. Francisco Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 764-4357


Geek Calligraphy

P.O. Box 608091
Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: (805) 399-2244
Email: info@geekcalligraphy.com
Web: http://geekcalligraphy.com
Contact: Ariela Housman

Art prints, greeting cards, and ketubot with geek-themed art. Also available for custom jobs.


3349 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (847) 679-0677
Contact: Nechama Small

Judaica, art, jewelry, silver, crystal, ceramic, no stain tablecloths, bosch mixers, silver repair, bridal gift registry, and more.

Hamakor Gallery Ltd.

4150 W. Dempster Street
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 677-4150
Fax: (847) 677-4160
Email: gallery@jewishsource.com
Web: http://www.jewishsource.com
Contact: Jason Schiff

Judaic art, jewelry, literature, and ceremonial objects for all ages and occasions.

Jack Wald

2546 W. Jerome Street
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 428-8199
Email: jackwald1@gmail.com
Web: http://www.facebook.com/JewishArtwork
Contact: Jack Wald

Custom ketubahs, corporate and organizational painting, illustrations.

Jacqueline von Edelberg

3270 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 983-7430
Email: jacqueline@youtopia.com
Web: http://www.ketubbah.co

Jacqueline's richly illuminated Ketubbot draw on fifteenth, through nineteenth century designs and reflect the tastes and inspirations of her clients. The calligraphy in each piece is done by hand, using the traditional Aramaic, conservative, or reformed texts. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, JUF News, and the Jewish News, and can be found in several galleries, including the Pittsburgh Museum of Art. She is a two-time finalist in the Philip and Sylvia Spertus Judiaca Prize Competition.

Jewish Bride & More!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide
P.O. Box 26341
Tamarac, FL 33320
Phone: (954) 721-5660, (800) 864-1390
Fax: (954) 724-9696
Email: chana@jewishbride.com
Web: http://www.jewishbride.com
Contact: Chana Karden

Wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, religious and other gift items.

Jewish Gift Place

Phone: (917) 450-4434
Email: risa@jewishgiftplace.com
Web: http://www.jewishgiftplace.com
Contact: Risa Borsykowsky

Online Judaica store dedicated to selling high-quality handmade Jewish items including mezuzahs, menorahs, dreidels, tallit, tzedekah boxes, kiddush cups, candlesticks, and jewelry.

Josef Glimer Gallery

207 W. Superior Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 787-4640
Email: info@josefglimergallery.com
Web: http://www.josefglimergallery.com
Contact: Josef Glimer

A fine art gallery featuring local and international contemporary artists and masterworks of the 19th and 20th centuries. Established 1978. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Judith Joseph

1215 Wendy Drive
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 204-4043
Email: judithstudio@gmail.com
Web: http://www.judithjosephstudio.com
Contact: Judith Joseph

Custom and print ketubah artist, Judaic art, painter, illustrator, calligrapher, hand-painted glass shabbat candlesticks and kiddush cups, hand-painted silk chuppahs, instruction in painting and calligraphy, lecturer on Jewish art. Member Jewish Art Salon, New York.

Karen Ness

8309 Oakwood Ave.
Munster, IN 46321-1912
Phone: (847) 922-3509, (219) 838-3837
Fax: (219) 838-3937

Hebrew and English calligraphy, custom ketubot, custom invitations and announcements, hand-painted invitations and stationery, Hebrew and English baby names, pesukim.

Kosher Delight

Email: rachel@kosherdelight.com
Web: http://www.kosherdelight.com

Online Jewish magazine. Shopping for food, beverages, Judaica, more.

Leah Sosewitz

1469 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Phone: (847) 432-8258
Fax: (847) 432-8994
Email: leah@judaicartstudio.com
Web: http://www.judaicartstudio.com
Contact: Leah Sosewitz

Ketubot, illuminations, papercuts, invitations, synagogue donor recognition projects, etched glass and wood Judaica.

M. Kaz Designs

2802 N. Brighton Place
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: (847) 255-5599
Fax: (847) 255-5591
Email: mkasanov@comcast.net
Web: http://www.mkazdesigns.com
Contact: Marsha Kasanov

Chuppot, tallisim, kippot for all ages, bibs, aprons, challah covers, matzah covers, wedding bags, tallit bags, washing towels, and ladies' head covers.

Maraz Studios

Phone: (847) 782-9887
Email: margierazar@marazstudios.com
Web: http://www.marazstudios.com
Contact: Margie Razar

Fine art porcelain.

Mary Etta Moore

3317 Beacon Street, #73
Chicago, IL 60064
Phone: (269) 381-0520
Email: maryettamoore@hotmail.com

Ketubot and papercuts.

Maya Polsky Gallery

215 W. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 440-0055

Oil paintings and drawings by contemporary Jewish artists.

MayaWorks Office

1732 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 1A
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (312) 243-8050
Fax: (312) 243-2156
Email: info@mayaworks.org
Web: http://www.mayaworks.org

Kippot and tallitot.

Mesorah Publications

4401 2nd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Phone: (718) 921-9000
Fax: (718) 680-1875
Email: comments@artscroll.com
Web: http://www.Artscroll.com
Contact: Efraim Perlowitz

English-language Judaica on Jewish life and learning--Talmud, Mishnah, Torah, Siddur, Tanach, Holocaust, Halachah, fiction, festivals, children's literature.

Please Take A Gift Home

3016 W. Jarvis St.
Chicago, IL 60645
Phone: (773) 338-1476
Fax: (773) 338-4737

Gifts for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.

Polina Ben-Sira

Phone: (847) 549-9894
Email: polinabstudio@gmail.com
Web: http://www.polinabstudio.com
Contact: Polina

Judaica, ketubot, ceramics, invitations.

Rosenblum's World of Judaica

9153 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: (773) 262-1700, (800) 626-6536
Fax: (773) 262-1930
Email: info@alljudaica.com
Web: http://www.alljudaica.com
Contact: Avi Fox

Full-service Jewish book/Judaica store.

Sharon Borstein

6749 Lakeridge Drive
Long Grove, IL 60047
Phone: (847) 732-5218, (224) 475-0971
Fax: (847) 478-8119
Email: sharon@borstein.com
Web: http://www.borstein.com

Hebrew and English calligraphy. Custom-designed ketubot, illuminated bar/bat mitzvah portions, baby naming and conversion certificates.

Spertus Shop *

Spertus Institute
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 322-1700
Web: http://shop.spertus.edu

Contemporary and traditional Jewish ceremonial objects and gift items. Unique, one-of-a-kind pieces from independent American and Israeli artists. Tableware, accessories, jewelry, books and music for adults; large selection of books, toys, and clothing for children. Discount for Spertus Members.

Studios of Lee Loebman

243 Braxton Way
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: (847) 721-6639
Email: lee@loebman.com
Web: http://www.loebman.com

Ketubot, paper cutting, lithographs.

The Sukkah Project

6100 W. 55th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002
Phone: (844) 478-5568
Email: abram.sukkahproject@gmail.com
Web: http://www.thesukkahproject.com
Contact: Abram Herman

Klutz-proof, easy-to-build, and affordable sukkah kits for small families or large celebrations. Unique wood frame and tubular sukkah kits, as well as other items for Sukkot observance.

Unique Accents

4349 Exeter Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 205-9400
Fax: (847) 272-4766
Email: info@uniqueaccents.com
Web: http://www.uniqueaccents.com

Handcrafted Judaic art, wedding gifts, ceramics, dishes, stemware, serving pieces, and collectibles.

Woodwork By Lou

Phone: (312) 337-5042
Fax: (312) 944-4596
Email: woodworkbylou@aol.com
Web: http://www.woodworkbylou.com
Contact: Lou Robinson

Judaic gifts, wood yads.

Your Songs Inc.

181 W. Fabish Dr.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: (847) 541-7293, (800) 338-SONG
Fax: (847) 459-0871

Jewish music and gifts for bar/bat mitzvahs.

Zayde's Shtenders

Phone: (773) 294-5194
Email: zaydes_shtenders@yahoo.com

Custom built shtenders.

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