Best of 2020: Shopping

From curbside pick-up to online shopping, these are the stores you love to support this year.

Best Bridal Shop (City):
Honey Bridal

5135 N Clark St.

Founded in 2017 by sisters Hallie Borden and Dana Karlov, Honey Bridal brings a fresh perspective to bridalwear. 

Best Bridal Shop (Suburbs):
Bella Bleu Bridal

912 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka

This salon offers a unique collection of dresses—everything from sophisticated gowns to boho chic frocks—that modern brides will love.

Best Bookstore (City):
Women and Children First

5233 N Clark St.

A repeat winner, this Andersonville bookstore carries the newest arrivals and bestselling classics.

Best Bookstore (Suburbs):
Book Bin

1151 Church St, Northbrook

For the fourth year in a row, readers have voted that this is the best place to find that new favorite read.

Best Women’s Clothing (City):
Hazel Apparel & Gifts

1835 W Montrose Ave.

Pop in to find the perfect outfit for every occasion—stress free.

Best Women’s Clothing (Suburbs):
Payton Rose

2760 Dundee Rd., Northbrook

Payton Rose combines the very best of women’s and teens clothing and accessories in one convenient location and makes shopping a fun, personalized experience.

Best Men’s Clothing (City):
Cowboys and Astronauts

1478 W Summerdale Ave.

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A beautiful men’s lifestyle and supplies shop, they sell a curated blend of apparel, accessories, travel supplies, self-care products, home goods, gifts and more.

Best Men’s Clothing (Suburbs):
Guys & Co.

1855-B, Deerfield Rd., Highland Park

Guys & Co. will make sure all husbands, sons, and dads are dressed to the nines.

Best Consignment/Thrift Shop (City):
Buffalo Exchange

Various locations

Check out Buffalo Exchange to get some steals on pre-loved fashion items and the chance to sell some of your own pieces.

Best Consignment/Thrift Shop (Suburbs):
Village Treasure House

1460 Paddock Dr #6811, Northbrook

There’s a story behind every piece of furniture, but if you’re ready to let go of yours, put it up for consignment.

Best Eyewear (City):
Warby Parker

Various locations

Glasses can be a big commitment, so it’s important to pick the right pair. At Warby Parker, they let you try out frames at home—for free.

Best Eyewear (Suburbs):
Superior Optical

2723 Pfingsten Rd., Glenview

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Superior Optical has every type of glasses you could ever need (yes, including glasses dedicated to golfing).

Best Gifts (City):

Various locations

Since 2001, Foursided has been the go-to place to shop for gifts—or just to treat yourself.

Best Gifts (Suburbs):
La De Da

1957 Cherry Lane, Northbrook

Bring your toughest gifting challenge to this shop and the staff won’t let you down.

Best Home Furnishing/Home Accessories (City):
Jayson Home

1885 N Clybourn Ave.

At Jayson Home, beautiful things aren’t just a passion — they’re an obsession.

Best Home Furnishing/Home Accessories (Suburbs):

1177 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

Share prides itself on being inspiring, never ordinary and always moderately priced.

Best Local Jewelry Store (City):
Rahmanim’s Imports

5 South Wabash Ave.

Not sure what to look for or where to start? Stop by Rahmanim with your questions and walk out with the perfect diamond.

Best Local Jewelry Store (Suburbs):
Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry

1224 Chicago Avenue #102, Evanston

Whether you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a loved one, from diamonds to gold and everything in between, Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry has everything you’re looking for.

Best Pet Store (City):
Jameson Loves Danger

5308 N Clark St.

There is nothing you can’t find for your pets at this Andersonville pet shop.

Best Pet Store (Suburbs):
Wilmette Pet Center

625 Green Bay Rd., Wilmette

If you’re looking for dog food options, check out Wilmette Pet Center’s food finder tool to help you sort foods based on formula, calories, and fiber amount.

Best Shopping Center/Mall (City):
900 North Michigan Shops

900 Michigan Ave.

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Be sure to take in the killer views while you shop.

Best Shopping Center/Mall (Suburbs):
Westfield Old Orchard

4905 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie

A beautiful outdoor mall that features a variety of shops and restaurants like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, Roka Akor, and California Pizza Kitchen.

Best Home and Garden Store (City):
Gethsemane Garden Center

5739 N Clark St.

This is the place for urban gardeners. Their indoor plant selection is what Instagram dreams are made of, too.

Best Home and Garden Store (Suburbs):
Chalet Nursery

3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette

Always a reader favorite, Chalet Nursery is your one-stop-shop for everything you need for your garden, and then some.

Best Cannabis Dispensary (City):

Various locations

With multiple locations, Sunnyside is like the Apple store for cannabis.

Best Cannabis Dispensary (Suburbs):
Med Men

1804 Maple Ave., Evanston

Med Men’s knowledgeable staff will help you find what you need, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned regular.

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