Picture a charming town decked out for the holidays. Cozy cafes and one-of-a-kind shops. Places where the owner works behind the counter and answers your questions with a sense of passion. Places where you can find truly unique gifts for your family and friends. Where you can slip out for a cappuccino or a glass of wine as those perfect finds are being gift-wrapped. Where the holiday lights start to glow as soon as afternoon turns to evening, and suddenly you remember that amazing little restaurant you saw down the street. Can you picture it?
Now picture the mall parking lot.
We’ll see you in Wilmette.
Near the Metra Station, Wilmette’s central business district is full of restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops and services.
Plaza Del Lago
The Spanish-inspired architecture makes it one of the North Shore’s most distinctive shopping areas with local restaurants and shops.
Adjacent to the Linden ‘L’ stop, this district has convenient shopping, restaurants and services for residents and Purple Line commuters.
The Ridge Road District is known as “Antique Row” for its quaint antique dealers.
Marie Jo Lace Bra
The best bras in the world are right here in Wilmette. This gorgeous and comfortable lace bra is imported from Belgium and features a removable flower accent. $138, Chantilly Lace, 1144 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-256-8077
Stretch Sequin Dress from Weston
Hubba-Hubba carries fashions that take you from desk to dinner, casual lunches to evening parties. From marvelous apparel to jewelry, accessories and gift items, you’re sure to walk away with head-turning finds like this glamorous sequin dress. $249, Hubba-Hubba, 1105 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-728-0272
Perfect for a holiday party or a special gift, this hammered 24K gold and sterling silver plated bangle with Swarovski crystals looks amazing worn alone or stacked. $200, Vibrato Boutique, Plaza del Lago, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847-853-1434
Trimdin Reversible Jacquard Jacket
Trimdin creates beautifully tailored reversible jackets in unique and classic fabrics. Their curves and clean lines provide a flattering comfortable fit. Made in the USA. $205, Yellow Bird Stationery, Invitations and Gifts, 1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette, 847-256-1380
A lifestyle boutique in a unique apartment-style setting, Exhibit carries a curated collection of apparel, accessories, jewelry, homewares and fantastic gifts, including the soft and magical Late Sunday Afternoon Scarves, handmade right here in the USA. Exhibit, 1148 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-5840
See first-run, indy and foreign films, and unique live programs. Gift cards and memberships make perfect gifts. Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-7424
Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill
‘Tis the season for holiday cheer at this gastropub serving delicious dishes made from the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Nick’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 1168 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-3262
Julie Vos Hinge Cuff
This Baroque cuff with rose cut end caps in labradorite, citrine or blue quartz, with pearl accent, is a highlight from Raven and Dove’s large collection of jewelry by New York designer Julie Vos. $330, Raven and Dove Jewelry and Gifts, 1143 Greenleaf Ave., Wilmette
Wilmette Wine Cellar
For fine wine and craft beer, events and tastings, look no further than this top-notch shop that offers an impressive selection and knowledgeable staff. Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Ave., Wilmette, 847-920-5883
Featuring stunning pieces from top designers and incredible custom jewelry design and redesign services, Wilmette Jewelers is a one-stop shop for that extra-special gift this holiday season. Starting at $149, Wilmette Jewelers, 1149 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 847-251-1061