Best of 2021: Shopping

Best of 2021_ Shopping Winners

From in-store shopping (finally!), to curbside pick-up to online ordering, these are the stores you love to support this year.

Best Women’s Clothing (City)
Katie Farnan

Katie Farnan best women's clothing
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KATIE FARNAN is a women’s contemporary clothing line based, manufactured, and designed in Chicago. The line was developed in 2016 with the simple idea of creating modern classics with a ready-to-wear ease that can be incorporated into any closet.

Best Women’s Clothing (Suburbs)
Payton Rose, Northbrook

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 Chicago

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

Best Men’s Clothing (Suburbs)
Guys & Co., Highland Park

1855-B Deerfield Rd, Highland Park

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Have the men in your life, husbands, sons, and dads dressed to the nines with Guys & Co.

Best Consignment/Thrift Shop (City)
Brown Elephant

5404 N Clark St.
3020 N Lincoln Ave.

Pick up fashionable finds, unique vintage pieces and home décor at this resale shop with multiple locations throughout Chicagoland.

Best Consignment/Thrift Store (Suburbs)

Village Treasure House, Northbrook

1460 Paddock Drive Northbrook

Village Treasure House

Village Treasure House is a nonprofit consignment home store featuring upscale and vintage furniture and home décor. All profits go to support local agencies serving families and individuals in crisis. Village Treasure House opened in 1997 and since that time has given away $3,000,000!

Best Eyewear (City)

SEE Eyewear

Various locations

High-quality eyewear doesn’t have to break the bank. See Eyewear provides advanced designs of eyeglasses and sunglasses for men and women of all ages.

Best Eyewear (Suburbs)
Superior Optical, Glenview

2723 Pfingsten Rd. Glenview

Superior Optical has every type of glasses to fit you and your lifestyle. Did we mention they even have sunglasses?

Best Gifts (City)
Hazel Apparel and Gifts

1835 & 1926  West Montrose Ave., Chicago

Hazel gift store
Photo Courtesy of Allison Tuley, Hazel Marketing Manager

Hazel has been a Ravenswood staple for 19 years and counting, offering a large assortment of greeting cards, jewelry, men’s and women’s accessories, home goods, and so much more.

Best Gifts (Suburbs)
La De Da, Northbrook

1957 Cherry Lane Northbrook

La de da

La de da opened its doors in Northbrook in 2005 and specializes in lovely gifts for you and your home. Their customers and their families have become friends over the years, and they feel privileged to share their lives and celebrate their special occasions with them.

Best Home Furnishings/Home Accessories (City)
Jayson Home

1885 N Clybourn Ave Chicago

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

Best Home Furnishings/Home Accessories (Suburbs)
Peachtree Place, Northfield

303 South Happ Road Northfield

Peachtree Place

Peachtree Place opened in 1985, initially to showcase wonderful gifts and home accessories from the South. Thirty-six years later, the store has grown from its original two rooms to eleven rooms, filled with lamps, prints, throws, accent furniture, luxury bath items, paper products, fine crystal, Italian pewter, table accessories and much more.

Best Local Jewelry Store (City)
Dana Rebecca

676 N Michigan Avenue Suite 3620

Dana (Rebecca) Gordon is a third-generation jeweler, designing jewelry intended to become the cherished keepsakes women wear to capture all of life’s memories — from major milestones to everyday moments. 

Best Local Jewelry Store (Suburbs)
Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry, Evanston

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 the perfect piece or pair.

Best Pet Store (City)
Kriser’s Natural Pet

Various locations

Kriser’s is a community of experts from nutritionists to groomers to behaviorists dedicated to holistic pet wellness.

Best Pet Store (Suburbs)
Wilmette Pet Center

625 Green Bay Rd. Wilmette

Since 1945, Wilmette Pet Center has always been a place for pet-loving families to find great pets. They are a full-service pet store and proudly support the work of a variety of local rescue groups.

Best Shopping Center/Mall (City)
900 North Michigan

900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago

Get your credit card ready to do some damage on this infamous street in Chicago. Merging luxury fashion stores with boutiques and big-name brands there is something for everyone.

Best Shopping Center/Mall (Suburbs)
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie

4905 Old Orchard Center (Skokie Blvd. & Old Orchard Rd.)

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

Best Home & Garden Store (City)
Gethsemane Garden Center

5739 N. Clark Chicago

Gethsemane Garden Center

Gethsemane Garden Center has proudly served Chicago’s gardening needs for almost 40 years, and their knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing you with the highest-quality plant material and customer service in Chicagoland.

Best Home & Garden Store (Suburbs)
Chalet, Wilmette

3132 Lake Avenue Wilmette

Whether you have a green thumb or not, Chalet is the perfect one-stop shop for all your greenery needs. Shop houseplants, garden essentials, home decor, apparel, pet accessories and more in-person or at their online store.

Best Cannabis Dispensary (City)
Dispensary 33

Medical & Recreational: 5001 N Clark St
Recreational Only: 1152 W Randolph St

Dispensary 33
Photo Courtesy of Max Kilibarda

Dispensary33 was the first medical cannabis dispensary to open in Chicago in 2015, and remains one of the few local Chicago-owned and operated shops in the city. They are obsessive about curating a cannabis menu with the highest-quality products available in Illinois and are one of the only dispensaries in Illinois that displays cannabis products for customers to see.

Best Cannabis Dispensary (Suburbs)
Curaleaf, Deerfield

151 South Pfingsten Road Suite V Deerfield


Lots of dispensaries just focus on cannabis. At Curaleaf, they focus on your relationship with cannabis and value your history with it—or lack thereof—and your feelings towards this ancient plant that’s brought us together.

Best Shopping District (City)
The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue)

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Spend the day exploring the heart of the city with shopping, dining, attractions all in one place.

Best Shopping District (Suburbs)
Downtown Highland Park

440 Central Avenue Highland Park

Venture to the suburbs of Chicago to Highland Park for mouthwatering meals by local restaurants and some retail therapy at the 50+ retail stores.

Best Bookstore (City)
Women and Children First

5233 N Clark St., Chicago

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

Best Bookstore (Suburbs)
Book Bin, Northbrook

 1151 Church Street, Northbrook

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Now on a five-year winning streak, readers have voted that this is the best place to find that new favorite read.

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