Best Places to Shop Local in and Around Evanston

A romantic walk in evanston

March 1, 2017

It is no secret that Evanston is one of the best cities in the Chicagoland area. Just fifteen miles north of downtown Chicago, it has been named ‘One of America’s Top 10 Downtowns and ranked fifth in America’s 50 Best Cities to Live In for 2014. The city’s vibrant cultural scene, accessible public transportation system, and enviable position as home to a nationally ranked university, all amidst the picturesque backdrop of Lake Michigan, make it a must-stop spot.

Evanston is a hidden gem that truly has something for everyone, from resale and consignment shops, high-end boutiques, and cafes, to bookstores, florists and wine shops for the most enlightened connoisseur.  Evanston is a shopper’s paradise with so much to offer. The opportunities are endless, so here are a few can’t-miss spots.

Bloom 3

1503 Chicago Avenue

This shop features gorgeous arrangements, with an envious clientele list.

The Mexican Shop

801 Dempster Street

A vibrant mix of one-of-a-kind imported clothes, jewelry and accessories.

Ayla’s Originals

1511 Sherman Avenue

A treasure trove of beads, gemstones, and jewelry, featured at The Art Institute, as well as in exhibits at The Field Museum; make this one of the top bead stores in the nation.

Chalk Boutique

2611 Prairie Avenue

This discrete boutique, which focuses on nurturing emerging talent, sells apparel and accessories that are beautiful and well made. The shop has been featured in national magazines.


Becky & Me Toys

620 Grove Street

Founded in 2002 by teachers Peggy and daughter Becky, this adorable toy store is committed to encouraging play that is real (not virtual), and appeals to the kid in us all.


Comix Revolution

606 Davis Street

Carrying books by Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Haruki Murakami, David Sedaris and more, this spot offers a wide variety, while guaranteeing you’ll find something unexpected and delightful.


The Collage Café

912 Sherman Avenue

This is a special and eclectic space that is part unique gift boutique, part workshop/event space, catering to women who are looking for one-of-a-kind finds, and uplifting and fun experiences.


Amaranth Books: Used & Rare Books

828 Davis Street
For over 20 years Amaranth Books has been assisting the readers of Evanston find the highest quality books, music, and movies.

This is just a peak into Evanston’s shops, so be sure to visit for more information about shopping local in Evanston!

Just think about it. All of this, and many more boutiques, are just steps away from the front door at The Merion.