Best of 2016: Shopping

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Best Clothing Boutique (Suburbs)  |  Best Accessories Store (Suburbs)

Juniper Boutique

Juniper Boutique has done it again! This three-time winner of Best Suburban Clothing Boutique and first time Best Suburban Accessories Store winner has been showcasing incredible fashion finds since 2013. 1346 Shermer Road, Northbrook

Juniper Boutique

Best Clothing Boutique (Chicago)

Londo Mondo

This Gold Coast boutique (which opened a Winnetka location as well) specializes in carrying the best in designer swimwear and activewear as well as jeans and accessories. 1100 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

Best Jewelry Store (Suburbs and Chicago)

Tiffany & Co.

This iconic jewelry brand has won big this year with their Michigan Avenue and Skokie locations sweeping the Jewelry category. 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie; 730 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Tiffany & Co.

Best Gift Shop

Peachtree Place

Since 1985, Peachtree Place has grown from a two-room shop to an 11-room store showcasing incredible gifts for a special occasion or just because. Be sure to look into their registry services! 303 S. Happ Road, Northfield

Best Home Furnishings/Accessories

Material Possessions

Three-time Best Of winner Material Possessions specializes in providing innovative, inspiring and unique home décor. Find them at their flagship store in Winnetka or their second location in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 954 Green Bay Road, Winnetka; 704 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago 

Best Book Store

The Book Stall

With weekly events that host well-known authors to a dynamic book club, The Book Stall is more than just a bookstore. 811 Elm St., Winnetka

The Book Stall

Best Shopping Center

Westfield Old Orchard

With more than 130 stores, and incredible dining and entertainment options, Westfield Old Orchard is the ultimate shopping experience that offers something for everyone. 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie

Westfield Old Orchard

Best Gala Attire

Saks Fifth Avenue

Whether you are looking for classic elegance or out-of-the-box couture for your upcoming black-tie event, Saks Fifth Avenue will have it and everything in between. 700 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Best Luxury Consignment Shop

North Shore Exchange

North Shore Exchange is great not only because of their amazing selection of previously-owned designer fashion and décor, but also because of the nonprofit work they do to support charities serving children and families in need. 372 Hazel Ave., Glencoe

North Shore Exchange

Best Men’s Clothing Store

Paul Stuart

With two downtown Chicago locations, this national brand specializes in high-quality, tailor-made men’s clothing and an inventory including everything from swim trunks to bowties. 107 E. Oak St., Chicago; 208 S. La Salle St., Chicago 

Best Sporting Goods/Athletic Store

Uncle Dan’s

Starting in 1972 with a simple mission to outfit “the great people of Chicago to explore the outdoors,” Uncle Dan’s has grown to four locations around Chicagoland and is still outfitting the people of Chicago for any and every adventure ahead. 621 Central Ave., Highland Park; 901 Church St., Evanston 

Best Luxury Shopping


It’s hard to compete with Burberry’s stunning five-story building on Michigan Avenue, which sports their classic plaid design. This store is more than its architecture, though. It offers not only top-notch shopping but also an interactive environment and beautifully designed displays for a one-of-a-kind experience. 633 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago 

Best Department Store


The epitome of one-stop-shopping when it comes to quality clothing, accessories, shoes, makeup and jewelry for men, women and children alike. Various locations


Best Fashion Website With Chicago Roots

Luxury Garage Sale

Self-proclaimed as “The Busy Woman’s Personal Shopping Service,” Luxury Garage Sale combines the uber-popular subscription box with personal shopping, making it easy and effortless for those who don’t have the time or desire to shop offline.

Luxury Garage Sale

Best Clothing Brand With Chicago Roots

Eileen Fisher

Starting small in 1984 with $350 in the bank and four designs, Eileen Fisher quickly grew into a national brand known for its simple, elegant and understated designs as well as its mission to remain socially conscious and sustainable. 640 Central Ave., Highland Park; 845 N. Michigan Ave., Water Tower Place, Chicago 

Best Pet Boutique

Wags on Willow

Founded by Mary Bowler and her pug, Sushi, Wags on Willow supplies only the finest selections of pet-related products to give your four-legged friends a taste of luxury. 840 Willow Road, Northbrook 

Best Car Service Shop


Duxler has been serving the North Shore of Chicago for almost a century, and today offers three locations providing top-notch, full-service auto care and maintenance. Various locations

Best Car Dealership

Fields BMW

As part of the Fields Auto Group, Fields BMW follows the mission to make sure their customers purchase the correct car based on their specific driving, lifestyle and budget needs. 700 Frontage Road, Northfield 

Best Gallery

Anne Loucks Gallery

Home to works of more than 40 different artists, Anne Loucks Gallery is the perfect source for people looking to collect art in varying styles and media. 309 Park Ave., Glencoe

Anne Loucks Gallery

Best Neighborhood Shopping (Suburbs)

Highland Park

Downtown Highland Park has everything — from national chains like Anthropologie to locally owned boutiques like E Street Denim — all in an upscale, walkable outdoor environment.

Best Neighborhood Shopping (Chicago)

Gold Coast

With some of the best shopping in the country, incredible restaurants and impressive sightseeing all within walking distance, the Gold Coast of Chicago is the perfect place to enjoy a meal before you pick up some designer staples.

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