Chicago Belt Co. Launch Party

Thanks to everyone who came to the Chicago Belt Co. launch party!

Last Friday Chicago Belt Co. had our launch party at Kirkwoods in Lincoln Park. We had a huge turn out and it was a great time for everyone who was there. We did a raffle, gave out holiday koozies, and had a sample table of our merchandise for people to look at.

Stay tuned for updates after the holidays, there are lots of new additions for Chicago Belt Co. in 2012! Think monogramming, more colors of the Great Lakes pattern, new patterns, and so much more…

Good luck with the last couple days of Christmas shopping. If you missed out on getting a holiday belt from Chicago Belt Co. and would like one for next year, they are still on sale on our website right now. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Christmas!


Check Us Out On “Prep in the Midwest”

Chicago Belt Co. owner Rob Cardenas was featured on the Prep in the Midwest blog this week! “Prep in the Midwest” is a blog written by a southern girl seeking the best “prep” Chicago (and the rest of the Midwest) has to offer. Check the post out here to find out more about Rob and what inspired him to start Chicago Belt Co.


Top 5 Books to Read ASAP

Looking for a new, great book to read while seeking shelter from crazy Chicago weather this year? Check out any of the amazing books listed below. Whether you are looking are looking for a good laugh, a book sure to inspire you, or an interesting way to spend your commute, we have a list for you.

1.)   Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. This is a book that takes you inside the life of a man whose ambition and constant pursuit of perfection revolutionized everything from personal computers to phones to publishing.

2.)   Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman. The author of the 2003 novel Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs writes a new book in which he expands upon a feature he originally wrote for Spin magazine about his experience visiting rock and roll death sites. Throughout this page turning novel, he insightfully gives his take on music, rock stars, life, death, relationships and everything in between.

3.)   The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Didon documents the death of her husband’s death and her state of mind the year after. Although she details some heartbreaking scenes, she tells them in such a way that you leave the book feeling inspired rather than depressed and grateful to be included in such insightful moments.

4.)   Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Throughout this book, Gladwell attempts to answer the question of what makes the most successful and famous people different. What are the secrets behind their success? Are there secrets, or are they successful just because of pure coincidence and luck?

5.)   Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Lives, as Told By Its Stars, Writers and Guests  by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller. This books gives you a first hand take behind the scenes of almost 30 years worth of memories of backstage gossip to the competitive and often drug-fueled process of creating the weekly, 90-minute, live comedy show. Publishers Weekly summed the book up perfectly, referring to Live From New York as a “guilty-pleasure page-turner from start to finish.”


Chicago Belt Co.’s Holiday Gift List

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones this year? Look no further, Chicago Belt Co. has compiled a list of our favorite gifts for this holiday season. Check them out!

180s Gloves: Get anyone on your list warm gloves with Tec Touch fabric pods on the index and thumb fingers to let you operate your phone, MP3 player, and camera without removing their gloves. They have college, NFL, and regular color options. Check out the Chicago Bears NFL Fleece pair below.

Notesbook Flask: A unique flask that the receiver can personalize themselves. Kinda nerdy, kinda awesome. Not the right thing? Check out the uncommongoods.com to find more unique gifts like it; they have everything from desktop golf, to a pen made out of old wooden Yankee Stadium seats, to bookends made out of recycled records.

Stemless Wine Glass Set: Wine drinking doesn’t have to be too fancy. This set is perfect for someone who frequently entertains or a friend that doesn’t have a great set of wine glasses.

Chicago Bulls Canvas Washed Bag:  The NBA lockout is over and this travel/gym bag (or a version of one of the other NBA teams) is the ideal for the basketball fan in your life to celebrate. Mitchell & Ness makes reproductions of vintage NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA gear and has the exclusive rights to make vintage sports team jerseys – check out Michael Jordan’s on their site.

Bamix Immersion Blender: Perfect for puréeing soups and making smoothies without dragging out the food processor or blender. Get it for the cook/health freak/smoothie maker in your life.

Chicago Belt Co. Christmas Belt: A stylish, functional gift for the holiday season. Be sure to check our Twitter and Facebook pages for coupon codes and special offers!

Danielle Stevens Zodiac Necklace: Beautiful necklaces that feature your mom’s/girlfriend’s/sister’s zodiac sign and birthstone are a fun, affordable, sparkly gift that they can wear year round.

What’s on your holiday gift list? We want to know!