(Closed) What to put in “Chicago” out of town bags?

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We went to a wedding in Chicago in October and they had all sorts of local goodies in the bags…jelly belly jellybeans, wrigley gum, some chocolates from a famous Chicago bakery along with a note outlining some really great eateries.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Talk to someone at the city’s tourism bureau – see if they have any freebies to share (bumper stickers, buttons) in addition to maps and guidebooks. 

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was thinking of putting in some water bottles, garret cheese popcorn, a welcome letter/itinerary, and stuff mentioned above as well!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love the Wrigley’s gum idea and the Garret cheese popcorn!

If you’ve got drinkers, Goose Island brewery is local and quite good. You can find their bottled beers in supermarkets, I think. 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Like others, we tried to include Chicago snacks. We put in Wrigley gum, Quaker granola bars, Garrett’s popcorn and my fave, Frango mints. Other inclusions were Chicago postcards, free maps (from local hotels and the Cultural Center), a mini Chicago flag, and personalized water bottles. I calligraphied a map of the city and put it on folders filled with the paper goods, local recommendations and a letter from us.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The Garrett’s popcorn always makes me laugh cause honestly its all tourist that eat it. haha.

We are planning on doing Frango’s(they come in a box of 40 individually warpped if the 4 piece box is too pricey), Jay’s potato chips, 312 beer, this water that is in a plant based bottled made by a Chi company(the name escapes me) a few maps and a note from FI and me.

Keep the ideas coming!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just wanted to say thanks for this board. Our wedding theme is “Vintage Chicago at night” and this gave me a TON of inspiration.

 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

lol @ baletrina….im still an out-of-towner. i’ve only been here for 4 months so i was like…garret cheese popcorn!! hahaha

but great ideas! most of our guests will be out of towners and i dont think theyll have time to sight see etc so im glad that i can add more “chicago” things to the welcome bags

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

love this thread!  such great ideas ladies!

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