Every town along the North Shore is brimming with charming shopping areas that make for a lovely day out. Need a new outfit for a special event? How about finding that perfect trinket for an upcoming birthday? Or maybe you simply deserve a bit of fresh in your life. Enjoy some of the finest clothing boutiques, home décor gems and gift emporiums of the North Shore in Winnetka, Glencoe and Northfield.
All along Green Bay Road and the Elm Street shopping areas, Winnetka delivers on gorgeous. Spruce up your home from the extensive assortment of lamps, occasional tables and unique finds from Paris markets and across the globe in Maze Home (735 Elm St.). The West Coast vibe of Randoon’s (962 1/2 Green Bay Rd.) will have something you can't resist from an awesome pair of jeans to onsies and tutus for the littles. Mattie M (990 Green Bay Rd.) will keep you trending with seasonal selections of sportswear, dresses and accessories from designer European and U.S. fashion houses. The clothing and accessories you'll discover at J. McLaughlin (567-A Lincoln Ave.) are rooted in the tradition of sport, work and play. Find the perfect new stylish yet classic pieces to compliment your wardrobe at this Winnetka staple.
A Chicagoland destination known for innovative and inspiring home accents and décor, Material Possessions (954 Green Bay Rd.) gives you access to an unrivaled assortment of smartly curated collections of tableware, furniture, lighting and accessories for your abode. Ellen’s on Elm (847 Elm St.) lends a personal touch with a hefty array of quality housewares, personal accessories and oodles of goods for monogramming/personalizing, like customized college swag. Fill all your inner kid needs (or buy for the little ones in your life) at Beat Street (552 Lincoln Ave., #1n). From retro candy, games and kitschy collectibles, this store is sure to delight. For the bookworms out there, stop into The Book Stall (811 Elm St.) for a treasure trove of over 68,000 books including classics, latests fiction hits, delicious cookbooks and more.
Blacksheep General Store, Glencoe
As cozy a village center as you could hope for, Downtown Glencoe’s tree-lined avenues make for a pleasant stroll to discover must-have treasures and grab a latte or a bite. BlackSheep General Store (346 Park Ave.) celebrates local artists showcasing their affordably-priced decor, stationery, jewelry, toys and bath/body products. North Shore Exchange (372 Hazel Ave.) curates their award-winning luxury consignment shop with designer goods for women and the home. Peruse the likes of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior and more with 100% of profits going to charity. Stay au courant with the latest fashion trends at Glencoe's Luxe Lab (337 Park Ave.) with a broad selection of classic cozy t-shirts, trendy tops and chic accessories.
Family-owned specialty toy store Wild Child (657 Vernon Ave.) carries unique toys, games, crafts, jewelry and apparel for children (infant to 15). Hudson Grace (339 Park Ave.) fine-tunes their collection of home products, signature serving pieces, interior scents and barware for your gracious entertaining needs and quality gift giving. The Flower Shop in Glencoe (693 Vernon Ave.) truly is a unique boutique gift shop and floral studio with designers who craft the perfect pretty day treat or special occasion extravaganza. Ask about their seasonal planting subscriptions, orchids, houseplants and more. The first word that will come to mind when you walk into Sweet Buddha (660 Vernon AVe.) is playful. The store offers a selection of vibrant sweets and accessories, among other things, that will charm all.
Dynamite antique mall Heritage Trail Mercantile (190-B Northfield Rd.) is brimming with inspiration to customize and revitalize your spaces with unique original art, furniture and home decor including exceptional antiques and vintage furnishings. For specialty items, pop into The Children’s Gift Shop (310 Happ Rd., Ste. 128) which is chock full of hand-picked, well-designed and safe toys and gifts. From fidgety pops to giant plush toys to electronics, the classics and the latest trends will wow infant to teens, while interesting games and puzzles also engage adults.
Even more awaits in the Shops of Northfield Village Square. Wander eleven rooms at Peachtree Place (303 Happ Rd.) brimming with lamps, prints, accent furniture, luxury bath items, fine crystal, table accessories and much more. ENAZ (309 Happ Rd.) flaunts an awesome range of denim, sweaters, t-shirts, dresses, going-out tops, accessories and jewelry (costume and fine). Or indulge in their custom Spa Bar with lotions, body washes and perfume oils. Trendsetting boutique Lori’s Shoes (311 Happ Rd.) is known as The Sole of Chicago for their Italian exclusives, curated selection and an amazing selection of quality, on-trend fashion at affordable prices.