Want to congratulate someone while paying homage to the best town—and coolest flag—in the world? Look no further than Nerdpress. Founded in 2013 by artist Kelly Parsell, Nerdpress offers whimsical gouache and ink illustrations with funny puns and wordplay—and what could be more Chicago than witty remarks? The cards retail for $3 to $4 and can be purchased at Foursided, Paperish Mess, Etsy and kellyparsell.com/nerdpress. You can even order customized cards and invitations or a custom portrait of your pets and loved ones. Her line also includes stuffed toy cats, zippered pouches, baby onesies and prints, all in her signature cute/clever style.
Best of Chicago 2015