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Let’s Get Shopping: Retail Returns on Chicago’s North Shore

Retail stores are gently opening their doors across Chicago’s North Shore to welcome you back for in-person shopping. Scads of shops are ready to help you update your wardrobe, outfit the home, or grab a gift. Adorable boutiques, spacious outdoor centers, and fan-favorite malls have new products to show off and promotions to check out. Merchants might have modified hours of operation or need to close while implementing precautions. Please check their hours and any shopping protocols before you go. They will appreciate your business and your patience. 

Click here to see our list of North Shore stores that are open, as well as those continuing to offer delivery, store pick-up, and online shopping options.

Stroll the beautifully landscaped outdoor mall of Westfield Old Orchard (Old Orchard Rd. and Skokie Blvd., Skokie) with plenty of room to explore the stores. The posh collection of department stores, brand-name fashion retailers, and chain eateries has everything you need. With flagships like Nordstrom’s and Macy’s opening up on afternoons, a family shopping jaunt can include stops at Anthropologie, Forever 21, J. Crew, and more where you can see what’s new and try things on. Many spa and salon services are also available at several locations.
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie

Sprinkled across town in nifty neighborhood hubs, Evanston stores get high marks for quality and originality. Start North along charming Central Street at Stella (2116 Central St., Evanston), a chic boutique brimming with one-of-a-kind treasures. Raven & Dove Antiques & Gifts (1810 Central St., Evanston) has a great selection of jewelry, kitchen novelties, Italian leather wallets, and more. Head downtown for a treasure trove of beads, gemstones, and jewelry at Ayla’s Originals (1511 Sherman Ave., Evanston). Then The Alchemists Wife (917 Chicago Ave., Evanston) offers a sensory sensation of organic beauty and personal care products—including their own hand-crafted hand sanitizer. Discover new summer clothes, the perfect gifts, the perfect accessories, and much much more at Assembly Creators (1642 Orrington Ave., Evanston). Stop by Artem Pop Up Gallery (1627 Sherman Ave., Evanston) for everything from home decor, apparel and acessories to unique artwork and beauty and wellness. Find your latest reading adventure at Bookends & Beginnings (1712 Sherman Ave., Alley #1, Evanston) which has everything from the newest hits to favorite classics. Not sure what you want to read next? Check out the Staff Picks for some suggestions! 

Alchemists Wife, Evanston
Alchemists Wife, Evanston

Spread across a roomy 130 acres, Northbrook Court (1515 Lake Cook Rd, Northbrook) is a fashion mecca and premier shopping destination for the North Shore. If you’ve spent more time in the kitchen lately, you can find housewares for days at Crate & Barrel. Lululemon and Athleta can outfit you with fitness apparel to work off some quarantine calories. Lord & Taylor, H&M, and Sephora bring on the designer bling. These stores and more are open for in-person shopping. 

Northbrook Court, Northbrook
Northbrook Court, Northbrook

The Glen Town Center (1860 Tower Dr, Glenview) presents distinctive shopping in this high-end, outdoor area with multiple retail boutiques and dining options in quaint surrounds. Locally-owned, specialty women’s boutique Apricot Lane offers unique fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and gifts in the latest styles and trends. Break up your retail therapy with some art therapy. Pinot’s Palette has taken their fun into the sun with sidewalk painting sessions (wine with pals or family-friendly variations).

Pinots Palette, The Glen Town Center, Glenview
Pinot's Palette, The Glen Town Center, Glenview

The ambiance of pretty downtown Glencoe has some gems to discover or revisit. Award-winning, upscale consignment shop North Shore Exchange Glencoe (372 Hazel Ave., Glencoe) has an ever-changing selection with all profits going to charity. BlackSheep General Store (346 Park Ave, Glencoe) is chock full of cheeky, well-curated gifts, housewares, jewelry, and more. Toy store Wild Child (657 Vernon Ave., Glencoe) aims to get kids unplugged and engaged in pretend play and interactive activities with quality toys, games, and activities — often green and organic.

BlackSheep General Store, Glencoe
BlackSheep General Store, Glencoe

Winnetka’s picturesque shopping areas include some divine stops. A keystone of the Hubbard Woods Design District, skändal (907 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) showcases the hottest apparel, accessories, and goodies from Sweden, Denmark, and all of Scandinavia. In the heart of downtown Winnetka, shops of their East Elm district include gorgeous Maze Home (735 Elm St., Winnetka), a lifestyle retailer offering a curated collection of home décor and treasures with that interior designer touch. Or shop J. McLaughlin (567 A Lincoln Ave., Winnetka) for classic clothing and accessories for women and men.

Maze Home, Winnetka
Maze Home, Winnetka

A hop and a skip off I-94 at Willow Road, shops in the Northfield Village Center are as chic as they are unique. Try on the latest summer styles at Lori’s Shoes (311 N Happ Rd, Northfield), aka “The Sole of Chicago.” This unpretentious store carries a sizable assortment of quality, on-trend women's shoes, accessories, etc., at affordable prices. ENAZ (309 N Happ Rd, Northfield) channels an urban and contemporary vibe for mothers and daughters. The family-run boutique is a "one stop shop" with everything from denim, t-shirts, and dresses to jewelry, handbags, and so on. Step inside Peachtree Place (303 South Happ Rd., Northfield) and uncover everything from accent furniture to housewares to luxury bath items. Be sure to check out Little Peach for toys, accesories and clothing for the little ones in your life. 

Enaz, Northfield
Enaz, Northfield


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