Shop Local This Holiday Season — Northbrook Has It All!

Now more than ever, we should all be making an extra effort to shop locally and support the small businesses that make our communities unique.

Fortunately, Northbrook has an enormous variety of retail options to help fulfill your family’s wishlist.  From national brands to independent specialty shops, you can find gifts at every price point. When you buy from local brick-and-mortar stores, you help preserve the variety and vibrancy that we all enjoy — not to mention supporting local schools, parks, and public services.  When you plan for a day of shopping, here’s a sampling of retail centers to put on your schedule:


Explore locally-owned specialty stores with an emphasis on personal service along Cherry Lane and Shermer Road.  Award-winning shops include gift boutique la de da! and independent bookseller The Book Bin. To make treasured handmade gifts, knitters gather at Three Bags Full while needlepoint artists rely on Emily’s Stitchery. Choose fine jewelry with expert advice at Jacqueline’s of Northbrook or Franz Jewelers. Add a special accent to your home with furniture and decor from Turn The Tables. Ace Hardware and Advance Auto Parts have plenty of practical gift ideas. Treat yourself to a fresh new look with a visit to salons like LUX, Ida’s, or Carolyn Lorraine. Wrap up your presents with paper and decorations from Eve’s Hallmark or Dollar Tree. On Shermer Road, pick up a hostess gift at Edible Arrangements, Leonidas Chocolates or Edwards Florist.



Come out of the cold and savor an elegant shopping experience with the luxury brands of Northbrook Court.  Famous names including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton are among dozens of shops that attract discerning customers.  For the younger set, Northbrook Court offers fun fashion from H&M, Gap, Forever 21 and more, along with gifts from LEGO and Galt Toys. The Apple Store provides the latest tech and support, while Crate & Barrel and Arhaus offer everything to make your home ready for the holidays. Specialty gifts from Silver Corner, Sephora, Soma, and more will be a pleasure to give. Be sure to visit Santa in a new, contactless experience, and get your tickets to Let It Shine, a dazzling drive-through light show!  Many stores offer contactless curbside pickup for online shoppers; visit for participating businesses.


Between Lake Cook and Dundee Roads, you’ll find great deals on top-quality brands. Village Square Shopping Center offers Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, and Bloomingdale’s Outlet, alongside favorites like Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, DSW, Old Navy, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Container Store and Party City have all the gift wrap and decorations you need. Across the street, Shellé Jewelers has spectacular jewelry for the most memorable gifts.  Just south of Dundee, Dania Furniture has a wide selection to update any room in your home.


At the corner of Dundee and Pfingsten Roads, award-winning boutique Payton Rose offers women’s clothing and accessories, while Splurge is a source for home decor and gifts. Family-owned A.M. Lee Jewelers has a loyal clientele, and Jack’s Wine & Spirits can help you choose the perfect pairing for a holiday meal.


At the southeast corner of the Village, Willow Festival offers great shopping at major retailers including Whole Foods, REI, Best Buy, Ulta, Lowe’s Home Improvement and HomeGoods.  The center is also home to a variety of highly-regarded specialty shops: Art Post Gallery is the Village’s source for original paintings and expert framing services; Hip Hip Hooray has toys to inspire creativity, and PetPeople has natural food and supplies that will keep pets happy and healthy.  Look and feel your best with services from award-winning Andreas Hogue Salon.  Nearby, the Village Treasure House consignment shop offers traditional home decor and accessories, with proceeds supporting area non-profit organizations.

For tips about where to shop this holiday season, be sure to follow the Northbrook Shopping Elf on Facebook and Instagram.  A free service of the Chamber and the Village of Northbrook, Nicki the Elf shares offers, contests, gift trends, and fun ideas for local shopping, dining and entertainment.  And to receive more special promotions right to your phone, sign up for the Northbrook Community Mobile Program by texting NBK to 55678.

By shopping locally for the holidays, we can help end 2020 on a positive note for Northbrook businesses and the rest of the community.  Enjoy the season!

Follow the Northbrook Shopping Elf on Facebook and Instagram for suggestions about local holiday shopping, dining and events.