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Best Romantic Restaurants on the North Shore

cellar gateIf you haven’t made your Valentine’s Day plans yet, we hope this list inspires you. With the big day following on a Saturday this year, chances are, places are getting booked up so don’t procrastinate! And if you’d prefer to skip the Valentine’s Day rush, save this list for when you want to enjoy a special dining experience any day of the year.

Restaurant Michael
64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, 847-441-3100

Chef Michael Lachowicz presents his version of unpretentious fine French food in a casually elegant setting. A North Shore classic.

Guildhall
694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8100

A stylish American Bistro with European influences. The restaurant features a warm and comfortable environment to enjoy heartfelt cuisine, craft beers and cocktails with an eclectic wine list.

Quince
1625 Hinman Ave., Evanston, 847-570-8400

Quince serves contemporary American cuisine in an intimate, yet friendly setting near downtown Evanston. Their wine list boasts more than 100 unique options chosen carefully to enhance Chef Andy Motto’s deliciously refined and globally-inspired cuisine.

Campagnola
815 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-475-6100

A true neighborhood gem, Chef Vince DiBattista and his team are committed to using the best in seasonal ingredients, preparing them with care, and presenting dishes in a simple, straightforward style in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

PM Prime
310 Green Bay Road, Highwood, 847-433-0600

A pricey, yet exemplary steakhouse in a more relaxed and intimate setting than you’d expect. With culinary direction steered by a James Beard Award-nominated chef, PM Prime is committed to innovation, depth of flavor, and contemporary presentation with the finest and freshest ingredients. Just may be worth the splurge.

Francesco’s Hole in the Wall
254 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-272-0155

Enjoy 30 years of tradition in this charming authentic Italian restaurant. The 20+ entrees are written in marker on a wallboard each day to reflect the fresh ingredients that are delivered each morning. Please note, it is a small restaurant and they do not take reservations.

Abigail’s American Bistro
493 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-780-4862

An upscale yet unpretentious neighborhood restaurant with a knowledgeable wait staff and a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere that offers a regional menu with honest and simple preparation. This place is perpetually busy so expect a wait time if dining after 6 pm when reservations are no longer accepted.

Cellar Gate
524 Sheridan Road, Highwood, 847-748-8086

Cellar Gate is a unique restaurant, wine bar, and wine shop rolled into one. Boasting cozy and eclectic European/farmhouse décor, you won’t find another place like it. They offer a fantastic wine selection and a lovely menu of small plates and tapas designed to be paired with their wines.

Flight Wine Bar
1820 Tower Road, Glenview, 847-729-9463

As to be expected, Flight offers an extensive wine list featuring 35 wines by the glass from every corner of the globe, a fully stocked bar, and an award-winning menu best described as “American Contemporary” comfort food featuring a wide range of small bites and sharable plates and a varied selection of “Mains.”

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Guide to Outdoor Ice Rinks (Weather Permitting)

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As a follow-up to our sledding hill round-up, we are pleased to offer you this guide to the North Shore’s outdoor skating rinks. Recently, we’ve seen pics of a few people on the East Coast trying to create their own mini rinks in their back yards. Lucky for you, living on the North Shore means you can skip the hassle since we have a plethora of outdoor options to choose from. However, with the recent “heat wave”, before heading out, it’s best to give these places to call to make sure there is ice.

Call us crazy, but we are kind of looking forward to the return of colder temps, because there’s something truly special about outdoor skating. Even if you hate the cold! And of course, if all else fails, there are plenty of indoor options too, but we all know it won’t stay this warm for long! So hold on to this list….Have you seen next week’s forecast?

Evanston
Dawes Park Lagoon, Sheridan Rd. at Church St. Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8

Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St. Call 847-859-7822 ext. 8

Wilmette
Gillson Park, Sheridan Rd. and Michigan Ave.
Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Mallinckrodt Park, Elmwood and Ridge Rds. (Parking in north lot)
Lighted til 10:30 when usable. Recreational skating only- no hockey

Thornwood Park, Dartmouth Ave. and Thornwood Ave. Call 847-256-6100
Available for pond hockey as well as recreational skating Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Winnetka
Pond on the Green, 490 Hibbard Rd. (just south of Winnetka Ice Arena)
This newly refrigerated pond is open 4:00-9:00 pm weekdays and 11:45 am – 9:0 pm weekends, weather permitting. Click here for scheduling info.

Hubbard Woods Park, Green Bay Rd, west of train station
Rink is open 4:00 – 9:00 pm weekdays and 12 – 9:00 pm weekends, weather permitting.

Indian Hill Park, 131 Wilson Street
4:30 – 8 pm weekdays, 2 – 7 pm, weekends weather permitting, unsupervised.
Call 847-501-2052

Northfield
Clarkson Park, 1950 Willow Rd.
Call 847-604-1893

Northfield Park, 240 Lockwood Ave.
Call 847-501-2052

Glencoe
Watts Ice Center, 305 Randolph St.
There are two refrigerated, lighted rinks at Watts so warmer weather is usually not a factor. Call 847-835-3030 for more info.

Glenview
Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Rd.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 26 for conditions.

Johns Park, 2101 Central Rd.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 27 for conditions.

Roosevelt Park, 2200 Grove St.
Lighted til 10:00 pm. Call 847-724- 3337 ext. 28 for conditions.

Highland Park
Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd.
Rink is lighted/open til 9 am – 9 pm daily. Call 847-432-4303 or check online : http://rainoutline.com/search/extension/8475799008/52

Lake Forest
West Park, Green Bay and Woodlands Rds.
Monday – Thursday 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday 3:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Call 837-234-6702, ext. 5

Northbrook
Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave.
Monday – Friday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Kids)
6:30 – 9 p.m (Adults)
Saturday 12 – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.

Tower Rink, 1225 Cedar Lane
Monday – Friday 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Saturday 12 – 8 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6:30 p.m.
Call 847-291-2985, ext. 3

Deerfield
You can check ice status online for any Deerfield rinks at http://www.deerfieldparks.org/ice-rink-status/

Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive.
Lighted family rink and hockey rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Jaycee Park, 1026 Wilmot Rd.
Lighted family rink, lights operate 5 – 9:30 pm daily

Pine Street Park (Patti Stryker), Pine & Hackberry

Briarwood Park, Greenbriar Dr. & Eastwood

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 23 – 25

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I must say we are unbelievably lucky to live in area that is so vibrant and offers such a variety of things to do. This weekend alone, you can relive and/or introduce the ‘lil ones to the adventures of  Frog and Toad, learn about the dramatic history of one of Chicago’s most famous buildings, meet and greet a national radio sports personality and NY Times bestseller, hear the unforgettable stories of Holocaust survivors and round out the weekend as vote caster for the area’s best pizza and bakery. And that’s just one weekend!

“A Year with Frog and Toad TYA”
Jan. 24: 10 am, 1 pm
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave, Northbrook

A Year With Frog and Toad TYA follows the  friendship of two unique characters through the four seasons and reminds us of the special qualities that exist in us all. To purchase tickets: click here.

“My Father’s Wives”
Jan. 24: 12:00-2:00 pm
The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka

Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” sports talk show, signs copies of his new book, My Father’s Wives, and broadcasts live on the radio from the storefront. For more info: (847) 446-8880 or thebookstall.com.

“999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories”
Jan. 25: 1:30-3:00 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette

Former Leo Burnett CEO Rick Fizdale, details the wealth, greed, power, corruption and even murder that accompanied the building of 999 North Lake Shore Drive in a talk based on his exciting new book, 999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories. Learn how this historic landmark, designed by legendary architect and longtime Wilmette resident Benjamin Marshall, figured into one of the most explosive and pivotal moments in Chicago’s history. Click here for more information.

In Conversation With….Survivors of Auschwitz
Jan. 25: 1:30-3:00 pm
Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie

In recognition of the International Day of Holocaust Remembrance and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Illinois Holocaust Museum hosts a moderated discussion with Holocaust survivors of Auschwitz featuring Northwestern University Professor of History Benjamin Frommer, Director of the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Admission is free but to reserve a spot, click here.

District 113 Pizza Bowl III & Bakery Cup I
Jan. 25: 5:00-7:00 pm
Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield

Come sample the district’s finest pizza and sweet treats and cast your vote for the best pizza and bakery in town. Admission $10 ($25 per family) entitles you to sample offerings from 20 vendors as you help crown the undisputed champion! Proceeds benefit the District 113 Education Foundation. For more info: www.district113foundation.org.

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Best Specialty Gym/Workouts on the North Shore

No more excuses. Whether you made it your New Year’s resolution or not, we could all benefit from a solid fitness routine. The hard part is finding the right training program that will keep you engaged and motivated. If you are intimidated by or dislike the mega gym scene, then this list is for you.

Definition Fitness
522 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, 847-271-4077

A small, unintimidating neighborhood gym that provides semi-personal workouts at reasonable prices. Definition Fitness utilizes innovative exercises that focus on core and functional training and provides tailored workouts for each of their clients’ fitness goal and physical abilities. Patrons love the professional and friendly trainers, flexibility of schedule and community atmosphere.

Spynergy Inc
813 Oak St., Winnetka, 847-441-8024

Spynergy is a dedicated indoor cycling studio that provides energizing workouts set to inspiring music in an intimate setting. Owned by twin sisters with a cult-like following, it’s a fantastic way to improve cardiovascular fitness, lose weight and increase your energy. More than 30 classes are offered each week which are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Newbies don’t fret. They offer free, new rider consultations or simply arrive a few minutes early and one of their friendly instructors will help get you set up.

Fit Girl Studio
1642 Maple Ave., Evanston, 847-869-4475

Fit Girl Studio provides a diverse offering of barre, spin and yoga classes to help you cross train and maximize your results in a minimum amount of time. Each class focuses on strengthening and building lean muscle. The studio get huge raves for the quality and small class size, the friendliness and expertise of the instructors, and the cleanliness of the studio and locker room amenities.

Orangetheory Fitness
2800 Central St., Evanston, 847-457-1140

Relatively new to the North Shore, Orangetheory Fitness offers group-based training sessions comprised of three components: treadmill interval training blocks, indoor rowing and weight room or resistance training blocks. The sessions are open to adults and teens, ages 16 and up, and although intense, are open to all fitness levels. Informed instructors change up the workout each time, so you’ll never get bored and you won’t plateau. Many tried and true workout devotees swear by Orangetheory as the best workout they have ever done.

The Daily Method
984 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-714-9910
410 Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, 847-920-5260
188 E. Westminster Ave., Lake Forest, 847-283-9000

The Dailey Method® is an energetic, one hour, full-body workout that combines core conditioning, stretching, Pilates, and ballet barre work. Unlike a traditional large fitness class, clients receive individual education and 1-on-1 attention with a strong focus on proper form and alignment. The result is better posture, better movement, and a more complete workout. In addition, the Northbrook and Lake Forest location also offer Daily Cycle, a bike-to-barre class that uses The Dailey Method’s signature focus on alignment and form, and delivers a balanced, full body workout resulting in a fun, high-calorie burn. Check each location for various class offerings and times.

Shred 415
300 South Happ Rd., Northfield, 847-929-9545
The Shred415 experience is an instructor-led, calorie-burning, high intensity interval training class designed to target all muscle groups; that guarantees to shred your body. Alternating between two treadmill and two weight-training intervals, you’ll increase muscle and burn calories in a fun, fast-paced workout tailored to your level and your goals. All fitness level are welcome as you select your weights; and you set your pace on the treadmill. Shred415 offers small classes, 30 people maximum, in a comfortable, low lit neighborhood studio.

Body Science PFT
335 Ridge Rd., Wilmette, 847-920-9740

Body Science Personal Fitness Training offers ever-challenging, ever-changing workouts that will get and keep your body at its peak. Their unique environment combines the comraderie of group classes with the discipline and attention of personal training. Instructors tailor the classes to each of their clients’ needs to help them achieve their personal health and fitness goals regardless of fitness level. Private training as well as sessions dedicated to teens are available as well. Clients love the convenient class times and the sincere, knowledgeable, hard-working trainers.

The Bar Method
600 Central Ave., Suite 127, Highland Park, 847-432-9150

The Bar Method is a targeted, full body sculpting workout located in a beautifully, newly renovated space in Port Clinton Square. The hour long class combines isometrics, interval training, dance conditioning, and sports rehabilitation to quickly burn fat and carve muscle. Highly-trained instructors guide you through various series of movements that are designed to isolate muscles so you can feel the burn. The class approach is very hands on, with the instructors continuously calling out cues to improve form. All fitness levels welcome.

Fit4MOM (Stoller Strides)
1900 Old Willow Road, Northbrook, 773-593-3915

Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that new moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Moms love the comraderie and support from the group; the little ones love the social aspects and music! Winter months are taught indoors at the Accelerated Center in Northbrook, 224-326-2061.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Best Places to Sled on the North Shore

sleddingWe know it’s only been one day, but with this unusual day off from school coming right after the Winter break, our bet is that some of you may be coming down with a touch of cabin fever! Don’t let the sub-zero temps scare you, throw on a few extra layers and head to the hills!  Ok, we know in the Midwest that’s easier said than done, but believe it or not we scouted the area and have come up with a list of the North Shore’s best sledding locations.  It may require hopping in your car, but the roads our clear and a little joy ride may do you all some good!

Here is our  list of the best places to sled on the North Shore:

Lake Bluff – Blair Park Sled Hill, 355 W. Washington
This hill has lights and is open until 9:00 pm.

Glencoe – Watts Park Sledding Hill, 305 Randolph St. (across from the outdoor rink)
This barely qualifies as a hill, but it’s perfect for little kids and novice sledders. And convenient for those living in Glencoe and Winnetka.

Techny Prairie Park, 1750 Techny Rd.
Bigger than Watts Park, and therefore good for “intermediate” sledders.

Northbrook- Wood Oaks Green, 1150 Sanders Rd.
Now this is a hill. It’s big and it’s steep enough to give even teenagers a thrill. We’ve seen it in action and  it does not disappoint.

Highland Park – Danny Cunniff Park (Formerly known as Centennial Park), 2700 Trailway St (end of Half day Rd.) Hill is located toward the back of the park, just south of Centennial Ice Arena.

Glenview – Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Rd.
This one’s lighted and open til 10:00pm, but unsupervised. There’s parking right next to the hill.

Glenview – John’s Park
Also lighted and open til 10:00 pm, but unsupervised.

Evanston – James Park (aka Mount Trashmore), intersection of Dodge and Oakton.
Big, steep and bumpy, it’s definitely not for toddlers. In fact, the city of Evanston now prohibits sledding on the large center hill since someone was hurt on it. The side hill is smaller but still plenty fast.

Evanston – Lovelace ParkGross Point and Isabella
Less challenging than Mount Trashmore but kids love it.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Fun Things To Do on the North Shore: Jan. 9 – 11

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School may be back in session (sort of), but there are plenty of fun, educational experiences beyond the classroom to take advantage of this weekend. And if you are looking for just a little play time, then check out Northbrook’s Winter Carnival or Winter Fest in Highland Park.

Owl Prowl – Two Options
Jan 9: 7 – 8 pm
Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park

Great Horned Owls are courting this time of year, and their echoing calls can be heard throughout the forest. Learn about owls with hands-on games and activities indoors, then head outdoors for a night hike to listen for owls calling in the wild. For ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Click here for more info.

Jan. 9: 6:45 – 8:30 pm
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
Geared to slightly older children, (ages 8 and up). Take a hike outside to try and call some local owls. Afterwards, warm up with snacks and hot chocolate while looking at owl artifacts. Registration required. Click here for more info.

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
Jan. 10: 10 – 11 am
Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire

Join in the fun with Frosty the Snowman as Dave Herzog’s Marionettes present “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland.” Frosty will be joined by his little brother Popsicle, along with other popular performers including: Termite the Singing Fir Tree, Jake the Snowball Juggler, Jack Frost on the Flying Trapeze and world champion figure skater Brian Victor Paul Rudy Kurt Todd Hamilton. Registration is required. For details, call (224) 543-1486 or go to www.vapld.info.

Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind
Jan. 10: 11 am – 12 pm
Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road, Deerfield

For those with science on the brain, this program presented by Science Alliance will include hands-on experiments with color changes, a mysterious genie, gooey slime, springy super balls and more. Registration is required. For details, call (847) 580-8962 or go to deerfieldlibrary.org.

Winter Carnival
Jan 10: 11 am – 1:30 pm
Meadow Hill Park, 1479 Maple Ave., Northbrook

Celebrate the season at this annual Winter Carnival. Enjoy horse drawn trolley rides, sled dogs, ice sculpting, family games, snowshoe obstacle course, ice skating, dj music, bonfire and s’mores and more! Fun for all ages! For more details, go to: www.nbparks.org.

Winter Fest
Jan. 10: 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Centennial Ice Arena, 3100 Trail Way, Highland Park

Celebrate winter with a jammed pack free indoor/outdoor family festival! Bounce in the gymnastic studio or try out figure skating and hockey. (Skating instructors will give free group lessons). Plus, learn how bees, coyotes, and other wildlife survive the cold Illinois winter and meet live winter animals! Crafts, carriage rides, and snow shoeing (weather dependent) will also be on hand! For more info, call: 847.432.4790.

Megan Wells Tells Stories for a Winter Afternoon
Jan. 11: 2- 2:45 pm
Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glenview

Enchanting and award-winning storyteller Megan Wells will delight children and grownups alike as she shares an engaging selection of folk tales, myths, legends and personal stories. Reservations are required. For details, call (847) 729-7500 or go to www.glenviewpl.org.

The World Music Trio presents…Around the World In an Hour!
Jan. 11: 2 – 3 pm
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview

Discover world music with twenty rare instruments, hundreds of images, three performers, and stories covering six continents. Anthony, Mary, and Alex Ranieri are experienced musicians who will introduce you to unusual instruments of the world…you can even try them at the end of the program. Click here to register.

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Best Gift and Home Accents Store on the North Shore

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So you’ve checked off all of your family members, but what about hostess gifts, teacher gifts, a gift for your dog walker, etc. Tired of the old gift card route? Well, lucky for you, the North Shore has a plethora of gift and home accent shops filled with unique items for everyone on your list, including yourself! And if your holiday décor could use a little freshening up too, then chances are you’ll be able to pick something fabulous along the way! Happy Shopping!

Ellen’s on Elm
841 Elm Street, Winnetka, 847-441-5240

More than just a gift shop, Ellen’s on Elm, thoughtfully selects unique gifts, many made by local artists, to line their shelves for all seasons of life. From jewelry and accessories to engraved and monogrammed items, the helpful and friendly staff is always ready to help you find the perfect gift.

Artisan Shop & Gallery
Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847-251-3775

If you are looking for interesting, eclectic and beautiful gifts, then look no further. This store is filled with unique and sophisticated handcrafted items by more than 350 American artists, including artisan jewelry, pottery, hand blown glass, wooden jewelry boxes and games, kitchen items, scarves, jackets, baby gifts and more.

Stumble & Relish
1310 A Chicago, Ave, Evanston, 773-330-3488

Owned by a mother/daughter duo, this adorable, little boutique has been described as a live Etsy store. Clients love the creative displays, the affordable prices, their adorable gift wrapping and the passion and knowledge that the owners have about each item and every item in the store. Jewelry, pottery, air plants, soaps, purses, journals, illustrated artwork, small wood curios, and so much more for you to discover and enjoy.

Green leaf Gallery
1760 Sunset Lane, Bannockburn, 847-948-7689

Located in a charming cottage in the woods, Greenleaf Gallery features a wonderful selection of fine art, folk art, handcrafted goods and gifts, accessories for women and men, jewelry, whimsical garden art, stationery and cards, tabletop and baby gifts. The gallery supports more than 100 American artists, including many local Chicagoans in addition to talented people across the country.

Black Sheep General Store
346 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-242-0130

This quaint, new storefront in Glencoe already has customers raving. It is stocked with a little something for everyone including candy, housewares, spa items, baby gifts, books, clocks, pillows, flasks, specialty t-shirts, candles and more, all with a focus on local, handmade, small batch merchandise.

Kenzy Gifts & Décor
1849 Green Bay Rd., Ste 109, Highland Park, 847-780-4177

Kenzy Gifts & Décor carries exceptional gifts, dinnerware and decorative home accents in every price range. Created from a need to find items for her home that were unique and different, the boutique features designs by owner, Yasmin Mekki, as well those by various other designers.

Style Shack
1839 Second Street, Highland Park, 847-579-4525

Style Shack is a magical place where commerce and culture intersect. The unique collection of giftware is only part of what the Style Shack experience has to offer. From unique jewelry and handbags to one-of-a-kind home accessories and hostess gifts, their collection will entice the most discriminating shoppers, not to mention their outstanding complimentary gift wrapping!

Pierce Interiors
1264 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-291-0300

Don’t let its Northbrook Court location fool you. Established in 1969, Pierce Interiors is a family-owned and operated fine gift and home accent store. Here you’ll find an extraordinary selection of fine crystal, porcelain, metal work, service ware, curio cabinets and other beautiful home decor, including Michael Aram, Swarovski, Lladro, Waterford, Julia Knight, and Lalique. They offer complimentary gift wrapping, price matching, shipping services and free layaway.

If we omitted one of your favorites, or there is a certain topic you would like to see covered, please leave us a comment! Additionally, we are happy to point out any of these locations as part of our Tour of the Shore, a must do for anyone considering a move to the North Shore. It’s a stress free way to familiarize yourself with the communities, schools, house values and amenities in the area. Call us at 847.881.6657 to find out more.

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Holiday Fun on the North Shore: Dec. 12 – 14

holiday fun bannerThe holiday fun continues all weekend long and includes opportunities to skate and brunch with Santa. If you need a break from all of the holiday craze, you check out Highland Park’s very own Billy Corgan’s entree into musical theatre.

 

The 48 Hour Musicals: Encore!, Featuring a musical by Billy Corgan
Dec. 12 & 13: 8 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
The Musical Theatre Company, 1850 Green Bay Road, Highland Park

The 48 Hour Musicals are 15-minute musicals written in only 48 hours by exciting new musical theatre writers. This year’s offering reprises (by demand) 4 musicals that have led to full-length TMTC commissions and concludes with the premier of a 20-minute musical by Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan whose Pretty Persephone is based on the The Eleusinian Mysteries and the myth of Persephone’s abduction by Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Click here for ticket info.

Yelp’s Holiday House Pop Up!
Dec. 13 & 14: 12 – 4pm
Light Opera Works, 516 4th St, Wilmette

Two days of FREE family-friendly activities in Yelpville! Play with the Yelp elves, enjoy hot cocoa, cooking, crafts, giant LEGO build, storytelling, indoor snowball throwing, free gift wrapping station (for a good cause), Frozen sing along with Elsa and Light Opera Works Kids Workshop, sing along with Super Stolie, holiday raffle, giant gingerbread house and so much more! For a schedule of events, click here.

Candy Cane Lane Tree Decorating
Dec. 13: 10 am – 12 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

Register your organization, club, troop, neighborhood, or family to decorate your very own tree in Hubbard Woods Park. To register, click here.

Salt Creek Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec. 13: 1 & 5 pm, Dec. 14: 2 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Salt Creek Ballet’s whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and sugar plum fairies are all exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and is a holiday experience worth sharing. Fantastic new sets and costumes for 2014. Click here for ticket info.

Skate with Santa/Holiday Skating Exhibition
Dec. 13: 1:40-2:55; 3-4:30 pm
Winnetka Ice Arena, 490 Hibbard Rd., Winnetka

Sleigh rides on ice and a visit from the jolly old elf himself will highlight this Winnetka tradition. Skate rental is $3.50, quantities are limited. Continue the fun and watch tot thru Free Skate program participants, WFSC members and the Ice Angels Synchro teams demonstrate their skills at annual Holiday Exhibition. Free admission for both. www.winpark.org.

Brunch with Santa
Dec. 14: 11 am – 2 pm
Pinstripes, 1150 Willow Road, Northbrook
There’s no doubt you’ll strike up a good time with an appearance by Santa at Pinstripe’s already famous Sunday brunch featuring made-to-order omelets, prime rib, fresh seafood, gourmet waffles and more, not to mention photo ops with the special guest! Click here, for more info.

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Best Toy Stores on the North Shore

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As the holiday shopping season kicks into full gear, do you find yourself in state of panic about what to buy for the kids in your life? Don’t fret! The North Shore has many unique, independent toy stores that can help you find the perfect gift for children of all ages. If you’d rather skip the big box store madness, then this list is for you!

 

Beanstalk
654 Central Ave, Highland Park, 847-432-8300

Beanstalk has all the toys, games, crafts, and books loved by newborns through 8 years. The also carry a great selection of baby essentials including strollers, bassinets, car seats and bath care. Known for the customer service and free gift wrap, customers delight in the store’s unique offerings and magical ambiance.

Village Toy Shop
807 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-7990

Owned by a mother/daughter duo, the Village Toy Shop is a beloved treasure in Winnetka. They provide exceptional customer service, awesome gift wrapping that includes fun little treats and are always loaded with great suggestions. Choose from a wide variety of board games, science kits, crafts, magic kits, books and more.

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Best Tailors on the North Shore

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Have you ever purchased a fabulous new item then never get to wear it because the alterations went astray? Or have you spent hundreds on altering a bridesmaid’s dress that still does not fit you right? When it comes to picking a tailor, it’s all about trust and craftsmanship. Luckily, we found several tailors throughout the North Shore that you can rely on to deliver the goods.

Haute Couture
1920 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 847-724-0262

Yes, it is a bridal shop, and Joanna is fantastic with bride and bridesmaid alterations (whether your purchased the dress from her or not). However, she also offers alteration services for any type of clothing, including men’s, and designs custom pieces, all at reasonable prices. By appointment only.

Anthony’s Tailoring
2226 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, 847-926-9440

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