Shopping and Dining Highlights
If shopping or dining is your passion, or if you just want to explore one of the North Shore’s most acclaimed communities, Northbrook is the place for you! You’ll find everything from world-famous retail brands at Northbrook Court to independent stores and boutiques, each with its own unique style. There’s always something new on the dining scene: four star restaurants for fine dining, local favorites for meeting friends, and a host of convenient fast casual options for a quick bite. Whether you are a long-time resident or a visitor, there’s always something new to discover in Northbrook’s many shopping centers.
Berkeley Square (West side of Skokie Boulevard between Lake Cook & Dundee Roads) — Nestled into the Skokie Boulevard shopping area, Berkeley Row Shopping Plaza will meet all of your health and beauty needs of every member of the family. North Shore Family Pet Hospital will take good care of Fido in the case of an emergency or for everyday needs. Transform an outfit with expert alterations at John’s Tailor Shop. A few doors down, Shelle Jewelers offers beautiful gem stones, gold and silver in both traditional and contemporary designs.
Downtown Northbrook (Meadow & Northbrook Shopping Plazas on Cherry Lane and the Shermer Road shops) —
Northbrook’s Downtown combines a welcoming small-town feel with a vibrant selection of stores and restaurants. Shermer Avenue, home to the bustling Village Green Park, offers delicious food options for the entire family. Locals flock to Little Louie’s Red Hots and Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria for casual Chicago-style classics. Summer evenings were made for relaxed gatherings on The Landmark Inn’s sunny patio. Enjoy traditional Italian specialties at Trattoria Oliverii, or sample inventive sushi at Kamehachi. Meet a friend for creative Mexican dishes at Eataco. Looking for something sweet? Visit Graeter’s or Baskin-Robbins for a double scoop of your favorite ice cream. Shermer Avenue is also home to Juniper Boutique, an award-winning shop for women’s designer apparel and accessories. For a special gift — or a treat for yourself — indulge in Belgian chocolates at Leonidas.
More stores and restaurants await around the corner, at the shopping centers on both sides of Cherry Lane. On the north side of the street, Jacqueline’s Jewelers, The Book Bin, and Eve’s Hallmark are excellent sources for gifts, while Sunset Foods offers top-quality groceries along with casual dining in its Northbrook Grill and Tap. Families love the pancakes and other brunch choices at Georgie V’s. For a refined lunch or dinner, visit Francesca’s North or House 406.
Across the street, shoppers love the unique selection and friendly service at gift shop la de da! and furniture consignment gallery Turn The Tables. Three Bags Full welcomes knitting enthusiasts with yarn, supplies, and expert instruction. Ace Hardware, Dollar Tree, and Advance Auto Parts fit the bill for practical purchases and great values. Nearby, Franz Jewelers continues a long tradition of beautiful custom jewelry. Meet your friends for a delicious dinner at Marcello’s, or pick up a quick bite at Subway or Starbucks.
Dunbrook Shopping Center (Northeast corner of Dundee & Pfingsten Roads) — Dunbrook Center is home to contemporary boutiques including Payton Rose, specializing in elegant and affordable women’s fashions, and Splurge Boutique with unique gifts and home accessories. For a luxurious spa experience, look no further than Shear Elegance Salon and Spa. Update your look, and your eyeglass prescription, with a visit to Northbrook Family Eye Care. Dining options include Greek Feast, known for authentic specialties; Once Upon a Grill, offering a varied menu of deli classics; and great carryout from Jake’s Pizza and Simply Thai. Simply Sushi is a new destination for sushi, ramen and poke bowls. Families enjoy the casual food and delicious frozen treats at Dairy Queen. Leonard’s Bakery serves up fresh-baked pastries, cookies, and bagels. The UPS Store has supplies and service for printing, shipping, and much more. Pick up your everyday necessities with a stop at Dundee Pharmacy.
Dunsten Plaza (Southwest corner of Dundee & Pfingsten Roads) —Dunsten Plaza offers numerous services and dining options. More than just bagels, Upper Crust Bagels is a full service deli that will satisfy your immediate hunger pangs or catering needs. Customize all kinds of apparel on the spot at Embroidme. Tone your body at Body Fusion Pilates studio or tan it at LA Tan. On the opposite side of Pfingsten Road, Dunkin’ Donuts has the donuts, sandwiches and coffee to fuel your busy day.
Northbrook Court (Lake Cook Road between Skokie Boulevard & Waukegan Road) — No trip to the North Shore is complete without a stop at Northbrook Court. A regional hub for luxury brands, Northbrook Court features 100 stores including the finest names in retail. Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor share the center with signature stores like Tiffany & Co., Burberry, and Louis Vuitton. Enhance your wardrobe at White House Black Market, J. Jill, Aritzia or Evereve. Lululemon and Athleta are can’t-miss choices for workout wear. Teens find the latest trends at Abercrombie, Forever 21, and Francesca’s. Youngsters look sharp in outfits from Hanna Andersson, Janie & Jack, and Baby Gap/Gap Kids. Every member of the family will find something to love at H&M. For footwear, visit Stuart Weitzman for elegant styles, Johnson & Murphy for professional options, and Finish Line for athletic shoes.
Northbrook Court also offers a wide selection of specialty stores to fill your needs. Choose a unique gift from the Silver Corner, and then pick up gift wrap from Papyrus. Enjoy sampling therapeutic skin care products from Aveda. Find furniture and home accessories at Arhaus, Crate & Barrel, Scandia Down and Sur la Table. The Apple Store covers your technology needs with expert advice. Kids love creative toys from The Lego Store and Galt Toys.
In addition to shopping, Northbrook Court is a destination for family activities. The new Hi-Five Sports Zone welcomes youngsters for day camps, birthday parties and drop-in programs. At The Kindness Connection, kids can participate in on-site community service projects. The AMC movie theater offers 14 screens with reclining stadium seating and a full dine-in menu.
Northbrook Court’s restaurants fit every appetite, any time of day. Enjoy delicious seafood at DiPescara or the one-of-a-kind Motherlode burger at The Claim Company. California Pizza Kitchen serves pizza, pasta and salads with a west coast vibe. Corner Bakery Cafe offers tasty dishes in a casual setting. Stir Crazy and P.F. Chang’s deliver fresh twists on Asian cuisine, while Mario’s Cart serves Mexican specialties. For a quick bite, stop by Tony & Bruno’s for pizza, Auntie Anne’s for pretzels, Red Mango for frozen yogurt, or Starbucks for coffee.
Sanders Court Shopping Center (Southwest corner of Sanders & Dundee Roads) — Sanders Court at the southwest corner of Sanders and Dundee Roads provides area residents and shoppers with numerous family friendly shopping and dining options. The 22,000 square foot Goodwill store is a treasure trove of bargains on clothing, household goods, toys and more. Families will enjoy a classic breakfast at Butterfields Pancake House or classic Asian fare at Tong’s Hunan. Learn to dance the night away at Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Enjoy a mani/pedi at Sander Nail Salon.
Standy Plaza (Southeast corner of Sanders and Dundee Roads) — The entire family will look its best after a visit to Standy Plaza. Oscar’s Hair Salon will have everyone perfectly coiffed. The Complete Dog grooming salon will take care of the family pet. You can find the perfect accessory for your outfit at Bein Jewelry Studio. Josh’s Hot Dogs is a popular family spot for burgers, fries, and Chicago-style red hots.
Village Square of Northbrook (East side of Skokie Boulevard between Lake Cook & Dundee Roads) — A wide range of shopping and dining options await you along Skokie Boulevard. Just south of Lake Cook Road, Village Square shopping center is a bargain hunter’s haven with national retailers Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Saks Off Fifth, TJ Maxx, DSW and Marshall’s. Find décor and supplies for your next gathering at Party City. Choose innovative storage solutions from The Container Store, and then stock your pantry with unique foods from Trader Joe’s. Before heading south on Skokie Boulevard, stop at Shelle’ Jewelers, a family owned store featuring unsurpassed workmanship. The family dog will receive lots of loving attention at Barks & Bows Dog Spa. If it’s fine dining options that you seek, you can’t go wrong with iconic steakhouses Morton’s and Ruth’s Chris, or the eclectic Prairie Grass Cafe. Charlie Beinlich’s Place caters to burger lovers. Local favorites Francesco’s Hole in the Wall and Next Door Bistro dish out inspired Italian specialties.
White Plains Shopping Center (Southeast corner of Dundee & Landwehr Roads) Just across the street from Sky Harbor Business Park, White Plains Shopping Center is an eclectic collection of retail shopping and dining options. Dundee Market offers a wide variety of Asian specialty foods. Treat yourself to a new look at E’lan Spa & Hair. In addition to serving business needs, FASTSIGNS produces birthday banners and promotional items for any party. Jump’n Jive has dancewear for beginner ballerinas as well as accomplished dancers. After picking up the kids from their dance classes at DancEd, or lessons at Goldfish Swim School, grab dinner at Bombay Bowl, Grill House, Brown’s Chicken. Sushi lovers swear by the dishes at Fujiyama. Big Apple Bagels prepares fresh-baked bagels and bialys for delicious sandwiches.
Willow Festival Shopping Center (Northwest corner of Waukegan & Willow Roads) — Northbrook’s Willow Festival lifestyle center a features anchor stores Whole Foods, Lowe’s, Best Buy, CVS, and Home Goods. Located throughout the center are boutiques such as Kovet, offering sophisticated women’s clothing and accessories, and Smart Jewelers, a fine watch and jewelry showroom. The knowledgeable professionals at Relax the Back can guide you to a more comfortable, pain-free way of living. Outdoor enthusiasts will find gear for their next adventure at REI. Art Post Gallery is known for its beautiful art and framing services. Look your best with stops at Amazing Lash and Andreas Hogue Salon. Granite City Food & Brewery offers inventive, hearty dishes that complement the delicious beers brewed on-site. Enjoy your favorite coffee beverage at Starbucks, a quick burger at Meatheads, a sandwich or salad at Potbelly, or a platter of Mediterranean specialties at Roti. Rendezvous with friends at Buffalo Wild Wings for wings, beer and sports. At the Annex across the street, Pinstripes Bowling and Bocce features an Italian-American bistro, along with bowling lanes, bocce courts, and a year-round patio.
NorthShore 770 (Corner of Skokie Blvd. & Dundee Rd.) — NorthShore 770 is anchored by a 60,000 square foot Mariano’s supermarket and offers a wide range of retail and service options including Kriser’s Natural Pet, Zengeler Cleaners, Hair Cuttery, and Sleepy’s. Grab a quick bite at Roti Mediterranean Grill, Chipotle, or Panera Bread. Mariano’s has a huge selection of prepared foods to take home or enjoy in the store’s dining space. You can also drop off your dry cleaning at A.W. Zengeler’s convenient drive-through window. Traveling a bit farther south, pick up a sandwich at Potbelly or coffee at Starbucks. Feeding a group? Settle into one of the extra-large tables at Barnaby’s Pizza.