2022 North Shore Holiday Shopping Guide | Chicago North Shore Moms

Thank you for visiting the 2022 North Shore Holiday Shopping Guide, sponsored by Shelley Malkin, VP of Lending, CrossCountry Mortgage!

Support your local commerce while skipping those long, unpredictable shipping times from big box brands! We’re sure you’ll find something wonderful for everyone on your list!

XO- CNSM

Toys and Experiences for Kids

Hip Hip Hooray (has moved to Glenview)

For over 35 years Hip Hip Hooray has been bringing the very best in specialty toys and gifts to generations of North Shore families!

1470 Waukegan Rd., Carillon Square, Glenview, 60025

 


Lit League Box

Looking for a meaningful gift? Give the gift that will last a lifetime- a lifelong love of reading. Lit League’s award-winning, book-themed activity box subscriptions and single specialty boxes make marvelous gifts for the little ones in your life.

Designed to foster a love of reading, each Lit League book-themed activity box includes:

a high-interest picture book (Ages 3-9), early chapter book (Ages 5-9), or chapter book (Ages 8-12)
a book-specific vocabulary bookmark
4-5 fun-filled and enriching activities related to the book
discussion questions and answers aligned with grade-appropriate learning standards

CNSMoms take 15% off you purchase with code CNSMOMS15 at checkout! Learn more here.


PETITESEE

PETITESEE is A luxury play mat inspired by chic moms and their babes. Petitesee was designed to outperform other mats: certified non-toxic, comfortable, durable, eco-friendly, sanitary, storable, and travel friendly! Learn more and  purchase your Petitesee play mat here.


Randoon’s

Owner Randi Lamb stocks her shop with everything cozy and cool.  Find casual clothing for Littles and Women, and gifts for all ages. We especially love the band tees for tiny ones!

962 1/2 GREEN BAY ROAD WINNETKA, IL 60093


Beat Street

Beat Street is a favorite neighborhood toy store located in Evanston and Winnetka- and it’s packed to the brim with the coolest selection personally chosen by the owner who KNOWS her toys!  From Classics to the latest trends, Beat Street has toys & gifts for every interest!

Free gift wrap with any purchase!

552 Lincoln Ave #1n, Winnetka, IL 60093

 


Children’s Gift Shop

They carry an extensive selection of well designed safe toys & gifts we have hand selected from trusted sources with the highest standards. Playing since 1991!

Northfield Village Center: 310 Happ Rd #128, Northfield, IL 66093

 


Ciao Bella Sewing

At Ciao Bella Sewing we offering sewing classes & lessons for children & adults. We love working with the community and helping them learn how to sew. We also do custom projects and love bringing joy to our customers.

874 Green Bay Road, Suite 100


Pinstripes Bowling Bocce & Bistro

Pinstripes offers the best in bowling and bocce while dining on your favorite bistro seasonal dishes. Enjoy time with friends and family at this Northbrook favorite. This holiday season, give the gift of fun with a Pinstripes gift card and get a gift for yourself. Through December 31st, receive a $25 Holiday Bonus Card for every $100 in Pinstripes gift cards purchased or receive a $10 Holiday Bonus Card for every $50 in Pinstripes gift cards purchased. Gift cards are available for purchase online at pinstripes.com/gift-cards.

Locations in Chicago and Northbrook


iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Rosemont

You can stop your holiday shopping right here, we’ve solved your holiday gifting dilemma. We’ve got three new ways to give the most amazing experience of the gift of flight to friends and family. Best of all, for a limited time, you can save up to 35% off on the only gift they’ll remember! Purchase your gift card here.


 
 
Verse Immersive is the world’s first Holographic Theatre, featuring a variety of 30-60 minute experiences. Perfect for date nights, family nights out, and weekend adventures, Verse Immersive offers diverse augmented reality experiences that push the boundaries of storytelling, puzzle solving, and gallery viewing. Tickets start at $24.99 and are available for purchase on Eventbrite.
 
 


​My Mushy Matzah Ball 

 
This adorable book is written by a local North Shore mom, Arianna Cohen, who was featured as a CNSM Meet a Mom. My Mushy Matzah Ball is a delicious primer for traditional Jewish comfort foods for babies and toddlers. Ideal for ages 0-3 and fun for the whole mishpacha! Order here.


Gift an Experience to a Grownup

Chicago Boudoir Photography

Come to the Chicago Boudoir Photography studio to feel like a supermodel for the day! Your boudoir photoshoot will leave you feeling confident and beautiful so you can celebrate your body, relationships and life!

Book your photoshoot by getting in touch here: https://chicago-boudoir.com/contact

Discount: Mention the North Shore Holiday Shopping guide at booking for $100 off!


Delos Therapy and Delos Strength

We provide one on one, 30 minute, personalized strength training with additional muscular recovery and pain relief by Delos Therapy.

546 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka

With the purchase of 4 sessions, get your 5th session free. Offer valid through 12/31/2022 for new clients.


Chicago Botanic Garden

Give the gift of membership to friends, family, teachers or clients. Visit our member page and select the “This is a gift” box: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/member


FreshSkin Medical Spa and Wellness Center

The North Shore’s premier aesthetic and wellness resource, dedicated to true health and beauty for skin and body.  Aesthetic services include Subnovii (advanced plasma technology), laser resurfacing, laser facial rejuvenation, BBL Photorejuvenation, HydraFacial, Laser Hair Removal (Motus technology), PHYSIQ for fat reduction and muscle stimulation (body contouring), skin tightening, dermal fillers, Botox Cosmetic, treatment for cellulite, and more. Wellness offerings are rooted in integrative and functional medicine, and include medical weight loss programs, genetic testing for diet and lifestyle, food sensitivity and nutrient deficiency testing, preventive medicine labs and counseling, acupuncture and herbal medicine, bioidentical hormone therapy, pain relief, metabolic health management, and more. Gift cards available.

595 Elm Pl, Highland Park


Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest

Subscribe to their 21st season of professional, live theatre in your backyard. Citadel Theatre Season Subscribers get first priority on the best seats in the house for the shows of their choosing, along with discounted tickets! Click here to subscribe or gift a subscription.


 
 
Verse Immersive is the world’s first Holographic Theatre, featuring a variety of 30-60 minute experiences. Perfect for date nights, family nights out, and weekend adventures, Verse Immersive offers diverse augmented reality experiences that push the boundaries of storytelling, puzzle solving, and gallery viewing. Tickets start at $24.99 and are available for purchase on Eventbrite.
 

Sole + Luna Wellness Studio

We are sanctuary for the mind, body and soul. From Infrared Saunas to Gua Sha Facials, we provide unique ways to slow down from the hustle. We have a curated global selection of self care retail. We are a great introduction for a meditation, sound baths or energy healing in a luxe setting.

1015 Tower Court, Winnetka

Clothing, Gear and Accessories

 

Gearhead

Gearhead helps their customers live active, fulfilling lives by providing quality outdoor-inspired products, backed by deep expertise and remarkable service. Gear and gift cards available.

Two North Shore locations: Highland Park: 621 Central Ave., Highland Park and Evanston: 1600 Sherman Ave, Evanston

Free gift with purchase when you come in and show this ad to the cashier between Nov 14-30. ($20 value).


Style Shack

Style Shack offers the perfect “something”- either a gift or something FUN and FABULOUS for yourself. Hidden treasures include luxurious home décor, chic accessories and jewelry.

1839 Second St., Highland Park


1920 The Travel Store 

Kaehler 1920 is a maker of fine leather goods. All products are made in Chicago using leathers from our neighbors, the Horween Leather Company. We offer the best selection of the top brands in the travel world. Please visit us to see our products and other great brands in person or online at www.WorldTraveler.com.

807 Elm St Winnetka IL 60093


Smiths

“A totally remodeled Smith’s Men’s Store is reopening under new ownership on November 23, reigniting a retail establishment that since 1937 has been outfitting generations of men with everything from button-down shirts to wedding-day tuxedos.“ -Daily Herald

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Blue Mercury

This luxury beauty retailer offers the best in cosmetics, skin care, makeup, perfume, hair, and bath and body.  It’s your one stop shop for the entire family!

638 Central Ave, Highland Park


Hubba-Hubba

Hubba-Hubba is every fashion lover’s favorite boutique. For over 30 years we’ve been bringing everyday comfort & effortless chic to fans from Chicago to the North Shore. Our curated selection of clothes, jewelry, scarves, purses, candles & more makes us the perfect place to shop for any occasion! Shopping is always fun at Hubba-Hubba.

1105 Central Ave. Wilmette


H.P. Tops

In business for over 40 years, we are family owned and operated. Everything we do here is custom-made, either while you wait, or when there more unique, they take on average a couple of days to produce, we also screen and embroider for large quantities. As our slogan says, you imagine it we image it!

667 central avenue, highland park


FRESH WATER LIFE

The FRESH WATER LIFE brand represents a passion to preserve and protect Lake Michigan and its shoreline

For every purchase in November, Fresh Water Life will remove 10 pieces of trash- 27,927 pieces of trash removed from Lake Michigan shoreline in 2021!

 


BACKYARD BARBECUE STORE

We are a retail store in Wilmette, Il that specializes in bringing you “the very best in barbecue”. Whether you are looking for a Weber kettle or an Outdoor Kitchen our store is the place to find it. We are committed to offering the best in customer service, the best selection of quality grills and smokers, and the most knowledgeable staff. We have been in business since May 2003.

535 Green Bay Road, Wilmette

For the Home

Style Shack

Style Shack offers the perfect “something”- either a gift or something FUN and FABULOUS for yourself. Hidden treasures include luxurious home décor, chic accessories and jewelry.

1839 Second St., Highland Park


Flowers by Katie Ford

We are a full service florist and do everything from: same day deliveries, floral workshops, weddings, and large events.


Edwards Florist of Northbrook

Edwards florist provides unique fresh and faux flower arrangements for all occasions. Our retail space also offers unique home goods gifts.

1353 Shermer Road, Northbrook


Pastence Custom Wood Works

Pastence Custom Wood Works is a veteran owned and operated custom wood shop that offers anything from cutting boards to conference tables and anything in between. 


Hazel James Home

Located in the heart of Chicago’s North Shore, our historic storefront houses a thoughtfully curated collection of vintage, custom, found and crafted for your home and garden.

1894 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park


Maze Home

Maze Home is your source for holiday entertaining and décor, plus gifts for him, her, home, hostess and baby! Elegant trays and barware, ornaments and stockings, handsome games and frames, stunning jewelry and candles, the sweetest infant hats and baby sacks, and much, much more.

735 Elm Street, Winnetka


Mandarine

Specialized collection of holiday and home accessories and lovely gifts. Visit our store and discover a range of fabulous accessories for every budget. And if you see something here you love give us a shout.

1820 Glenview Rd., Glenview and 574 Lincoln, Winnetka

Libations and Celebrations

The Brunch Factory (Now open!)

A cozy and bright modern farmhouse-chic restaurant offering breakfast, brunch and lunch by day and special events by night and weekends. Our private event space is the perfect destination to host your next celebration.

1111 Milwaukee Avenue, Riverwoods


Balloons & Paper, Winnetka

The best helium balloons arrangements, beautiful balloon installations, unique piñatas and party supplies for any occasion. Learn more about our products here and stop in to say hello!

550 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka


Sally’s Nuts

Enjoy everyone’s favorite snacks from our local hero and North Shore mom….Sally Schoch!!

Sally’s Nuts is a super fun shop in the Ravinia District offering delicious gift options, this is your time to shine so we stock the shop with loads of favorites from sweet & salty pecans, cashews, almonds and macadamias, to sweet treats like toffee, brownies, Bolts (like a Turtle, but better), Junkanoo’s (like a seven layer bar, but better), and chocolate bark!!

481 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park


Goodies

Goodies specialty chocolate and candy gift baskets are perfect for personal and corporate gift giving. Goodies is a small women-owned business that delivers big!

652 Central Ave., Highland Park


Sharyn Makes Menorahs

Personalized menorahs make great birthday and baby gifts in addition to Hanukka presents.They are one of a kind, you choose the colors and Sharyn creates it for you! Order here.

 


Good Grapes Champagne, Wine & Craft Beer Boutique

Your holidays headquarters for all things wine, bubbles, charcuterie, and gifts. Complimentary wrapping, food and wine pairings, and case discounts. Fab Friday Tastings 4pm – 6pm.

821 Chestnut Court, Winnetka 


Bent Fork Bakery

Our fresh baked treats are just like the delicious treats you would make if you had time! Keep the traditions alive with sweet memories!

335 Waukegan Ave., Highwood 


Gatsby Chocolate

We are confident that our products truly deliver melt-in-your-mouth texture & flavor just like any other full-sugar, full-fat chocolate; they just happen to contain way less calories and sugar. Our chocolate bars make great gifts!

GATSBYNEW has been created that offers 50% off discount!


Inspiro Tequila

Inspiro Tequila is founded by local North Shore mom, Mara Smith and a former attorney in Chicago, started drinking tequila when she was looking for a clean, gluten-free spirit that fit into her active lifestyle. She and her friends enjoyed the versatile, carb-free and zero sugar spirit but they were not drawn to the traditional offerings. This high quality crafted tequila is a perfect addition to any celebration. Order your bottle here or visit your local Binny’s.

Holiday Happenings Around the North Shore

We’ve compiled a growing list of holiday happenings on and near the North Shore. There’s no shortage of events, just time so plan ahead! Below is a snippet of events featured. Visit our Holiday Happenings 2022 post for more.

Christmas Light Displays the month of December

Lights on Magnolia in Rolling Meadows. Cross streets are Algonquin Rd. and Magnolia in Rolling Meadows. Bring a donation of non-perishable food which will go to All Saints Food Pantry. Tune in to 98.3 FM radio for the music.

Sauganash Neighborhood Lights. When using GPS put in the corner of Leroy and Albion in Chicago. It’s off Devon just west of the Edens Expressway.

Storozhuk Family Light Show. 860 Woodhollow Lane, Buffalo Grove, IL. Tune in to 88.7 FM radio for the music.

***These are residential neighborhoods so please be respectful. Do not block driveways, park in any driveways, double park in the street or illegally park in front of hydrants.***


Light Shows and Drive-Thrus

Lightscape Chicago at Chicago Botanic Garden November 11th – January 8th, 2023. This magical one-of-a-kind lightshow marries the beauty of the outdoors with the artistry of illumination. It’s a must-see for the whole family. We love this!

Willow Hill Lights Drive-Thru Holiday Lights Show @ Willow Hill Golf Course. November 19 through January 1, 2023. This is the 2nd annual show on this Northbrook golf course, located near the Northbrook Wholefoods.

Shine Lightshow @ Northbrook Court north lot November 18 through January 1, 2023. Let It Shine is Chicagoland’s premier drive-thru Christmas light show experience. Guests are invited to safely stay in their cars and immerse themselves into a wonderland of light displays, all synchronized to fun holiday classics.

Light Up the Lake @ Navy Pier November 25 through January 7, 2023. Chicagoland’s largest indoor lights experience is back at Navy Pier for the holiday season. From November 25 to January 7, you can experience the magic with interactive light displays, a whimsical skating rink, journeys through the Winter Wonderfest Forest, visits with Santa, and more. Plan your visit to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall and make Light Up the Lake your new holiday tradition.

Zoo Lights @ Lincoln Park Zoo November 19 through January 1, 2023. The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most wonderful event of the year! Celebrate the holidays with ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ. This festive, one-of-a-kind holiday experience offers a merry, family-oriented tradition in the heart of the city. Ticket cost is $5.

Kohlights a Mesmertastic Holiday Lightacular @ Kohl Children’s Museum November 25 through December 29. It’s more than just a walk through the festive holiday lights in Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest outdoor activity: Kohlights. This immersive experience allows kids to interact with light and color as they explore hues and patterns in this safe and interactive holiday light installation. The show must “glow” on! Enjoy the full lightacular experience, Nov 25-27, Dec 2-4, Dec 9-11, 16-23, and 26-29. This year’s experience is even bigger and brighter than before.

Thank you to our 2022 North Shore Holiday Gift Guide Sponsor, Shelley Malkin, Vice President of Lending with CrossCountry Mortgage! Hire Shelley for your next home purchase or refi!

Shelley Malkin CrossCountry Mortgage

Shelley Malkin is the Vice President of Lending at CrossCountry Mortgage. Now a 19-year veteran at PERL Mortgage in Chicago Shelley is still passionate about customer service. Shelley’s clients appreciate her constant communication during the process and after closing, her responsiveness and knowledge, and her attention to detail and thorough explanations all of which make the experience straightforward and effortless for her clients.

Long-term relationships are formed during the purchase or refinance transaction because to Shelley it is not simply a transaction. Shelley is truly your lender for life. She consistently ranks in the Mortgage Executive Magazine’s top 1% of mortgage originators and is a licensed mortgage originator in Illinois and many other states.

Shelley can guide you through financial the process of buying a home and refinance.

Reach out to Shelley
D 773.413.6246
https://crosscountrymortgage.com/Shelley-Malkin-Team/Shelley-Malkin/
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