With its beautiful beachfront parks along Lake Michigan, incredible dining options and notable architecture of area mansions and Northwestern University, Evanston in one of the most vibrant communities on the North Shore. Of special note is the plethora of shopping districts, each delightfully walkable with coffee shops and restaurants to fuel your excursions. Add some flair to your wardrobe, pick up some treats for loved ones, or simply stroll these adorable stores, many of which are utterly unique with charismatic proprietors ready to assist.
Artem Popup Gallery
Branching out from the charming city center of Fountain Square, shops pop with art, gifts and outfits. Ayla’s Originals (1511 Sherman Ave.) offers sparkling supplies for you to create original jewelry along with classes, plus ready-to-wear treats like stylish pendants and unique scarves. Around the corner at Eve Alfillé Gallery & Studio (623 Grove St.), be dazzled by the gorgeously crafted jewelry that runs the gamut from affordable trinkets to milestone celebration masterpieces. Home to a variety of artists, Artem Popup Gallery (1627 Sherman Ave.) curates a wonderful collection of unique adornments for body and home.
Part of the Uncle Dan outdoorsy brand, Gearhead Outfitters (1600 Sherman Ave.) gets you ready to hang out, get fit or go exploring with everything from hammocks to running shoes to backpacks. Stock up before any adventure with great reads from Bookends & Beginnings (1712 Sherman Ave.), the charming bookshop filled with literary treasures and super cute gift or stationery items. Pretty boutique Madison Grace (612 Davis St.) helps women of all ages look and feel fancy in contemporary fashion with a chic and approachable style. Whether you're an avid marathoner or just starting a couch to 5k program, or prefer cross training, yoga or walking, Commonwealth Running Company (1631 Sherman Ave.) has all the gear you need to keep you comfortable (and stylish) during your workouts.
Cultivate Urban Rainforest
MAIN DEMPSTER MILE
This extended district stitches together two main drags with bustling Chicago Avenue. The children-focused Booked (506 Main St.) is expert at stocking carefully curated, diverse titles for youthful readers of all ages. Breathe in plant heaven at Cultivate Urban Rainforest and Gallery (704 Main St.) and gather the green (and art) to bring a bit of the rainforest home. Follow Your Nose (917 Chicago Ave.) keeps dog and cat tails wagging with natural and organic pet foods, treats, toys and accessories. Shop with intention at fair-trade focused Ten Thousand Villages (915 Chicago Ave.) where purposeful goods and gifts are crafted by hand. Squeezebox Books & Music (743 Main St.) is your go to source for all things used books and music. This boutique style, thematically based store has a wide variety of genres to meet your tastes.
Stumble & Relish
Secret Treasures (605 Dempster St.) gets you amazing vintage at wow prices with their beautiful assortment of antiques, vintage treasures, glassware and oddities. Fast forward to Stumble & Relish (1312 Chicago Ave.), a colorful boutique of modern, unique gift items, jewelry, cards and whatnot. The self-described “wizard of cute,” niceLena & Friends (1235 Chicago Ave.) is renown locally for her delightfully kooky assortment of art, gifts and other wonderments. Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop (711 Main St.) specializes in treasures from the natural world: unique collectables and gift items, such as fossils, mineral specimens and jewelry. Check out the Prehistoric Life Museum in the basement!
The Spice House
CENTRAL STREET EVANSTON
This north end stretch of delightful scents and gift sensations holds a bonanza of goodies and fashion finds. Notice (2112 Central St.) shines as part contemporary fashion hub, part baby/toddler central and part perfect little present for any season. Get aromatic essentials or great gift groupings from Spice House (1941 Central St.), a purveyor of the finest spices, herbs, blends and extracts to elevate the home cook. Raven & Dove Antiques and Gifts (1810 Central St.) has a great eye for unique jewelry, statement socks (mens and womens), luxurious lotions, candles and a large collection of Victorian Majolica. Stop by Stella Boutique (2116 Central St.) and discover a treasure trove of vibrant and unique clothing, accessories and home goods.
Maya Papaya & Tony Macaroni
Check out new arrivals at Gracies (1939 Central St.) with clothes to cover all aspects of your life from daily activities to special occasions with jewelry and accessories that tie it all together. Find the coolest clothes for girls and boys (infant to 12) at Maya Papaya & Tony Macaroni (1901 Central St.), as well as a cute selection of toys, books and gifts. From trendy to funky to classic to comfortable, Lois & Co. (2014 Central St.) is the go-to shop for gals on the go with easy and imaginative blouses, dresses, jeans, jackets and accessories.