Best of 2018: Shopping

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)

Women & Children First

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)

Book Bin

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)

Alice & Wonder

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)

Juniper Boutique

1346 Shermer Road, Northbrook, 224-326-2412

Best of 2018: Shopping (Juniper)
Photo courtesy of Juniper.

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

Village Treasure House

1460 Paddock Drive, Northbrook, 847-832-1030

Best of 2018: Shopping (Village Treasure House)
Photo courtesy of Village Treasure House.

Since 1998, this consignment shop has given more than $2,486,000 to organizations like Metropolitan Family Services, JourneyCare, and YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

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)

Mira Couture

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)

Neiman Marcus

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)

Eye Spy Optical

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)

Superior Optical Eyewear

2723 Pfingsten Road, Glenview, 847-564-3838

This family-owned business displays more than 3,500 frames and sunglasses from brands like Coach, Kate Spade, Ray-Ban, and Tom Ford.

Best Gifts (City)

Art Effect

934 W. Armitage, Chicago, 773-929-3600

Best of 2018: Shopping (Art Effect)
Photo courtesy of Art Effect.

Start shopping now for that just-right gift in categories like Chicago Gifts, Judaica, Feminist Gear, and Made in the USA.

Best Gifts (Suburbs)

la de da

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)

Mandarine Home

1820 Glenview Road, Glenview, 224-432-5906

Best of 2018: Shopping (Mandarine Home)
Photo courtesy of Mandarine Home.

This full-service interior design firm operates a retail store featuring furniture, accessories, and gifts.

Peachtree Place

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.

Best Lingerie

Chantilly Lace

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)

Winifred Grace

5642 N. Clark St., Chicago, 872-806-2455

Shop handmade necklaces, rings, and more designed in Chicago.

Best Local Jewelry Store (Suburbs)

Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry

1224 Chicago Ave. #102, Evanston, 847-733-0656

Best of 2018: Shopping (Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry)
Photo courtesy of Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry.

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

Tiffany & Co.


Nothing beats that little blue box.

Best Men’s Clothing (Suburbs)

Country Classics

1405 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-998-4644

Best of 2018: Shopping (Country Classics)
Photo courtesy of Country Classics.

When you shop here, you know your man will be well dressed for the rest of summer and beyond.

Best Shopping Center/Mall (City)

Block 37

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)

Westfield Old Orchard

4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-673-6800

The outdoor shopping center features stores like Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel, and J.Crew, plus restaurants like Frontera Fresco and Roka Akor.

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