Markets & Shops

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Stumble & Relish

Stumble & Relish

Address: 1312 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (872) 227-0801

Website: www.stumbleandrelish.com

Stumble in for some great finds and relish the prices.

This charming boutique is owned by a mother and daughter and offers a wide selection of eclectic gifts, jewelry, art, home decor, cards, and more. They carry beautifully curated items from independent and local artisans and there is always something new and unique to check out. If you're known among friends for sending the best birthday cards, go to Stumble & Relish and join their “I Love Snail Mail!” Club, where 12 card purchases earns you the next card for free. 

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Bookends & Beginnings

Bookends & Beginnings

Address: 1712 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (224) 999-7722

Website: www.bookendsandbeginnings.com

Charming bookstore hidden away in an alley.

Walk into what feels like your grandma’s living room and take your time wandering through the wide selection of books and treasures. When the legendary Bookman's Alley announced it was closing after 33 years, Evanstonians and book lovers near and far lamented the loss of such an iconic bookshop, and it was fitting that the author-and-librarian couple who stepped forward to transform the shop into its new life as Bookends & Beginnings are themselves Evanston residents. Don't miss their collection of children's books from around the world and be sure to check out their events calendar.

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Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market

Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market

Address: 1800 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 448-8045

Website: http://evanstonfarmersmarkets.org/

Local produce and more.

The seasonal farmers' market is one of the most popular in the North Shore and for good reason. The weekly market brings in the best local produce, meats, cheeses, plants, and more from the Midwest. It's held on Saturdays from the first weekend in May through the first weekend of November.

The harvest is brought indoors for the winter, with the Evanston Ecology Center hosting a smaller version of the market from 8am to noon on Saturdays.

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Comix Revolution

Comix Revolution

Address: 606 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-8659

Website: www.online-revolution.com

Join the comic revolution.

Find a wide array of graphic novels and associated pop culture paraphernalia in a modern setting at Comix Revolution. Visit for alternative and independent comics and a well-read and helpful staff.

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Vintage Vinyl

Vintage Vinyl

Address: 925 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 328-2899

Website: www.vintagevinyl.com

Classic record store dating back to 1979.

Step into this pink-walled music oasis and be transported to another era. Browse the huge selection of records, both new and old, and you are sure to dig up a great find.

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Squeezebox Books & Music

Squeezebox Books & Music

Address: 743 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: (847) 943-9309

Website: www.squeezeboxbooks.com

Cute little music and book shop.

Squeezebox Books & Music boasts a diverse yet curated selection of used records, books, and movies in one cozy space. They have great deals and at the very least a lap of their shop is sure to evoke feelings of nostalgia.

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Cultivate Urban Rainforest

Cultivate Urban Rainforest

Address: 704 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: (847) 418-1289

Website: www.cultivateurbanrainforest.com

Plants and (much) more.

This fabulous shop is filled to the brim with indoor plants, terrariums, gifts, and attractive home decor. Cultivate’s knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you pick out plants suitable for you and the fickle Chicago climate. There are even classes to help you develop your green thumb, as well as art exhibits and opportunities to meet up with like-minded community members in an inspiring and distinctive space.

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Shaker Traditions

Shaker Traditions

Address: 613 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 869-0293

American-made gifts.

The wide array of quality handcrafted gifts and kind, friendly staff will make your trip to Shaker Traditions worth it. You will find a quality selection of home goods, baby items, beeswax and hand-dipped candles, jewelry, and more.

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Four Finches

Four Finches

Address: 1320 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 328-4836

Website: www.fourfinches.com

Top-notch florist and gift shop.

Treat yourself with beautiful flowers and luxury gifts from Four Finches. Although they also do lovely arrangements for weddings and events, there's plenty to see and enjoy while casually browsing for the perfect gift. 

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Plant Shop Evanston

Plant Shop Evanston

Plant Shop Evanston 
Address: 1549 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 868-8021
Website: www.plantshopevanston.com

Plant Shop Evanston is a small nursery in the heart of Evanston; specializing in tropicals, succulents, cacti, and houseplants of all kinds! They offer services such as re-potting, house calls, and personal styling. Ceramic pots that are hand-made by local artists are available to shop for — making the perfect gift for yourself or others. 

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Ayla's Originals

Ayla's Originals

Ayla's Originals
Address: 1511 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 328-4040
Website: www.aylasoriginals.com 

 

Ayla's Originals is a woman-owned shop that offers freshwater pearls, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, antique trade beads, and gemstones from all over the world. This array includes vintage and antique beads, as well as custom jewelry, jewelry repairs, and private lessons. They also provide a wide variety of accessories, trinkets, and everything you need for gift-giving. Ayla's also offers a Facebook live event that features personalized shopping, and trunk shows. They also provide shipping or contactless pick-up!

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