In a city as vibrant as Chicago, making everyday decisions — where to order dinner, get a haircut, push your kids on the swings — can feel downright dizzying. Enter our (eighth annual!) Best Of awards: You shared your favorite spaces and places, we tallied the votes, and together we’ll celebrate all that makes our beloved communities shine.
Here are the Best of 2018: Shopping winners:
Best Bookstore (City)
5233 N. Clark St., Chicago, 773-769-9299
The mission of this bookstore is to “promote the writing of women and other marginalized voices.”
Best Bookstore (Suburbs)
1151 Church St., Northbrook, 847-498-4999
For the second year in a row, you have voted this the best place to find that new favorite read.
Best Boutique (City)
956 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, 312-253-7393
This Chicago-based boutique is all about everything pretty and fun, plus everything is under $100 (unless Alice & Wonder really believes it’s worth the price).
Best Boutique (Suburbs)
1346 Shermer Road, Northbrook, 224-326-2412
At Juniper, you’ll find a selection that is described as “urban suburban — classic pieces with an edge — on trend but never over the top.”
Best Consignment/Thrift Shop
1460 Paddock Drive, Northbrook, 847-832-1030
Best Department Store | Best Men’s Clothing (City)
Whether you’re shopping for him, your home, your kids, or yourself, you’ll find a large selection of designer items at this favorite store.
Best Evening Wear (City)
1 E. Delaware Place, Chicago, 312-255-1699
Find an amazing dress and accessories for your next event at this Chicago store.
Best Evening Wear (Suburbs)
5000 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-564-0300; 6 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-572-1500
The classic department store boasts an impressive selection of gowns.
Best Eyewear (City)
3350 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 773-477-2670
For unique frames, this award-winning (and green!) eye care center can’t be beat.
Best Eyewear (Suburbs)
2723 Pfingsten Road, Glenview, 847-564-3838
Best Gifts (City)
934 W. Armitage, Chicago, 773-929-3600
Start shopping now for that just-right gift in categories like Chicago Gifts, Judaica, Feminist Gear, and Made in the USA.
Best Gifts (Suburbs)
1957 Cherry Lane, Northbrook, 847-562-1170
This repeat winner not only offers a variety of gift options, but will also offer suggestions if you’re too busy to stop in and shop.
Best Home Furnishings/Home Accessories (City)
4835 N. Damen, Chicago, 312-315-5156
You’ll find that primo piece to complete any room in your home.
Best Home Furnishings/Home Accessories (Suburbs) (Tie)
1820 Glenview Road, Glenview, 224-432-5906
This full-service interior design firm operates a retail store featuring furniture, accessories, and gifts.
303 S. Happ Road, Northfield, 847-441-7585
Go explore 11 rooms filled with lamps, prints, accent furniture, fine crystal, and more, plus the standalone children’s store Little Peach.
1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847-256-8077
The team at Chantilly Lace believes that “the right lingerie and sleepwear change not only your look, but your outlook.”
Best Local Jewelry Store (City)
5642 N. Clark St., Chicago, 872-806-2455
Shop handmade necklaces, rings, and more designed in Chicago.
Best Local Jewelry Store (Suburbs)
1224 Chicago Ave. #102, Evanston, 847-733-0656
The requirements for working at Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry? “Must love jewelry making, must be a master craftsperson, must be awesome.”
Best National Jewelry Store
Nothing beats that little blue box.
Best Men’s Clothing (Suburbs)
1405 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-998-4644
When you shop here, you know your man will be well dressed for the rest of summer and beyond.
Best Shopping Center/Mall (City)
108 N. State St., Chicago, 312-261-4700
You can easily spend a full day here exploring the five stories of shops, cafes, and more.
Best Shopping Center/Mall (Suburbs)
4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-673-6800