Shopping in North Chicago

Select Local Merchants

Twenty-six years ago, working mother Karen Scott had a light-bulb moment. She envisioned a one-stop children's clothing, toy, and furniture emporium. Karen and her husband set up shop in their garage, connecting new moms and dads to high-quality baby clothes, nursery furniture, and educational toys. They meticulously researched products before creating their own catalogue, and as a result watched their enterprise blossom into a lucrative online business. Today, One Step Ahead employs their own in-house design team responsible for exclusive labels of kidswear such as Cozy Cub winter wear Sun Smarties swimwear and summer gear.

Regular meetings with a Parents' Panel keep One Step Ahead designers in touch with the needs of modern parents. Seeking out their input has led the design team to create products such as a fleece-lined car seat for comfortably toting a baby in cold weather and a hanging closet organizer for managing a child's superhero identities.

75 Albrecht Dr
Lake Bluff,
IL
US

Verizon - Mobile Generation retail centers have expanded as rapidly as an onion in bloom while unloading a spectrum of cellular devices and services from one of America's largest mobile networks. Knowledgeable staffers can help patrons set up tailored service plans or pilot them through the wilderness of home and car chargers. Interactive showrooms chirp as customers test-drive basic cell phones and smartphones, and the store's vast inventory of phone covers offers protection to devices used to call Adrian long distance from the boxing ring.

235 N Waukegan Rd.
Lake Bluff,
IL
US

Ticket Reserve rewards football fanatics of all collegiate allegiances with the opportunity to reserve plaza-level tickets to witness the hard-hitting action of the 2012 Sugar Bowl game. Pigskin fanciers can reserve big-game tickets with the hope that their favorite team of chin-guarded play practitioners gets invited to play January football amid the arctic-like conditions of a New Orleans winter. Fans can choose their favorite team, alma mater, or imaginary alma mater and then sit on a chair made of pins and needles until the team selections are announced on December 5, 2011. If the team they picked gets chosen to play, reservations will transform from a fancied fantasy into a fancied reality that will take the shape of two tickets and be delivered straight to their mailboxes or beckoning hands.

840 S Waukegan Rd
Lake Forest,
IL
US

Phones tend to get pretty banged up regularly—people constantly drop them, throw them in purses and pockets next to keys, and rough them up when they refuse to give up Johnny "Six Fingers" Manson's address. Clear Coat's clear protective films defend devices from the resulting scratches and fingerprints, and unlike a traditional case, they don't add any weight or bulk.

The thin films are custom-cut to fit all sides of any phone, tablet, or MP3 player. In addition to clear films, which don't alter the appearance of the device, Clear Coat offers films that shimmer with holographic light and textured skins.

6170 West Grand Avenue
Gurnee,
IL
US

For more than 30 years, Decor8's craftsmen and women have made over lackluster interiors. The team customizes window treatments, pulling elegant drapes, natural wooden blinds, or Duette honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas's storehouses. To refurbish furnishings, the store partners with Lee Jofa to import high quality, designer fabrics from around the world to painstakingly reupholster older furniture or restore stuffed dodo birds to their original paisley appearance.

6697 Revere Ct
Gurnee,
IL
US

Exilis, an advanced, noninvasive technology similar to liposuction, uses thermal heating to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, rhytids, and fat volume. During each 25–30 minute procedure, Dr. Zelko uses Exilis radio-frequency technology to shape and tighten the desired abdominal area, love handles, or nearest orbiting object. The treatment excites and shrinks fat cells, which helps deplete fat content and results in significant skin tightening. Many see measurable results after one treatment, though optimal results typically take four. Check out the FAQ page for more details regarding the treatment, as well as the controversial time-clock management in the 1972 Olympic basketball championship.

1790 Nations Dr
Gurnee,
IL
US

North Chicago Scene