Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
There's little that's more fun than perusing the racks and shelves of Downtown Evanston's charming boutiques. You can disvoer everything from a new favorite shirt to the perfect lamp to custom one-of-a-kind statement pieces. Be sure to stop by Dragonfly-df (1501 Chicago Ave.) for a vast selection of distinctive decor, fashion, jewelry, home goods and much more. Just a few blocks away, you'll find Assembly Creators (1652 Orrington Ave.) a store where makers and creators can showcase their talents through myriad mediums such as jewelry, accessories, bags and candles. Stay in the area for a bite at one of the many nearby restaurants like Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge, Taco Diablo or Farmhouse to name a few.
The Glen Town Center
2030 Tower Dr., Glenview
It's easy to spend the whole afternoon at the Glen Town Center in Glenview. Visit Von Maur, where you can replenish your closet, beauty and shoe needs and stock up on your kids back to school clothes in one place. Just steps away is Dick's Sporting Goods which has you covered for all your active needs from sports to hiking to workout gear. Be sure to explore some of the smaller shops as well including Oh, Olive!, a store specializing in gourmet olive oils and vinegars. End your afternoon at The Curragh Irish Pub & Restaurant, which offers a lively enviroment and an extensive menu.
The Glen Town Center, Glenview
skandal and Mattie M.
907 Green Bay Road, Winnetka and 990 Green Bay Road, Winnetka
The Hubbard Woods Design District is a perfect spot for those looking to spend a day shopping while also enjoying time outside and exploring this section of Winnetka. Specifically, you'll find Scandinavian fashions and home goods at skandal, a boutique bringing the North Shore the best of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and The Netherlands. Favorite brands here include Ilse Jacobsen, Marimekko, and Melvin and Hamilton. When you're done there, make your way to Mattie M. to shop the latest clothing and accessories from around the U.S. and Europe. You'll find brands like Papillon, Elliott Lauren, and Not Your Daughter's Jeans. And keep an eye on their website for details about upcoming trunk shows.