Exploring the North Shore through Paddle Tennis

Paddle tennis has grown in popularity over the last decade.

As more people have taken a liking to the sport, the North Shore has supplied them with a wide selection of places to play, both public and private. Why not make a day of your next game, and explore the great shopping the area has to offer?

Lake Bluff/Lake Forest

Choose from the Knollwood Club, Lake Forest Club, Onwentsia Club, or Winter Club to play this week’s match up, and if you don’t have a membership, Blair Park offers public courts. After a great workout, stroll around downtown Lake Forest and shop for jewelry at the Jewels of Lake Forest, clothing at the Three Sisters and then take care of your seasonal gift shopping at Gifted.

Highland Park
The Birchwood Club and Exmoor Country Club both have paddle tennis courts, and are located nearby to fashionable clothing stores, Bett’s, Eileen Fisher, and E Street in downtown Highland Park. Then complete the outfit with hip shoes from Lori’s.

Bannockburn/ Deerfield
After finishing a couple of games at the Midtown Athletic Club or Tennaqua Swim & Tennis, just a short drive down Waukegan Road will take you to Deerfields Bakery, where you and a few friends can have a freshly baked pastry and a coffee to enjoy as you catch up and discuss game strategies. After fulfilling your sweet tooth, stop by The Shops at Deerfield Square. With store like Ulta and Avenue, you will find anything you need to complete this season’s look.

Sunset Ridge Country and Five Seasons Sports Clubs offers its members paddle tennis as well as other recreational sports. For those looking for something a little less exclusive, the Glenbrook Recreation Center offers public courts to play on. Once you complete a set, check out the newest stores that Northbrook Court has to offer, and then reward yourself with a delicious sandwich from the well-known Three Tarts Bakery.

Checkout the Lake Shore Country, Skokie Country, North Shore Country Clubs, and the Valley Lo paddle tennis courts, then head over to the Glen, for some window-shopping at great stores like Von Maur.

Reserve a court at Michigan Shores, Westmoreland Country, or Indian Hill Clubs or play a game at the Winnetka Parks District, but if you have time before or after stop by long-time favorites Crystal Cave and Dinner at Eight.

The Evanston Golf and Glenview Clubs are both great places to meet up with other paddle tennis players for a game and an outing to Old Orchard to check out the fantastic gifts at Francesca’s.

Grab Trotters To Go before heading to East Bank, Lake Shore Athletic, Mid Town, and Saddle & Cycle clubs. Afterward, see what stores like Intermix and Tangerine have to offer.

Paddle tennis players—check out this article about House of Peace and the support the paddle tennis community is giving this great charity.