Best Places to Shop Local in and Around Evanston

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 the Best Places to Live in the U.S.‘ for 2022. 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.


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.


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.


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.