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Check out our great merchants and eateries in this handy, printable Shopping & Dining Guide!

Download our handy LF/LB Shopping & Dining Guide for listings and locator maps of all the great shops and eateries in our towns!

'Tis the season ... in Lake Forest & Lake Bluff!

Be sure to download our SHOPPING & DINING GUIDE for handy locator maps, parking info and listings of the wonderful shops and eateries in both of our towns...


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Tues., Dec. 1, 10 am to 7 pm

Lake Forest Business Districts


Yup, it's a Tuesday - the perfect time to slip away during the day or in the evening to meet friends among the twinkling lights!  Visit merchants throughout Lake Forest to celebrate the launch of the season - and as you stroll through the delightful shops be sure to pick up a "Shop & Stroll" passport, get it stamped at participating stores (look for the red balloons flying at their doors) and enter to win wonderful items, delicious treats and gift certificates.


Gifted (225 E. Deerpath Suite 138) - Monogrammed women’s rain jacket; $75 value

Dimitrios Jewelers & Importers (252 E. Deerpath) - Handmade necklace

Sweet’s (260 E. Deerpath) - $25 gift certificate

Mark David Designs (266 E. Deerpath) - Decorative candle; $100 value

Jewels of Lake Forest (284 E. Deerpath) - $50 gift certificate towards purchase

Walgreens (296 E. Deerpath) - $25 Walgreens gift card



Lake Forest Book Store (680 N. Western at Market Sq.) - Tote bag & $25 gift certificate

Williams Sonoma (271 Market Square) - Hot Cocoa Frother & Classic Hot Cocoa w/Marshmallows

The Lake Forest Shop (265 Market Square) - $100 gift certificate (NOTE – Up to 50% off sale!)

J. McLaughlin (261 Market Square) - Scarf; $55 value

Alixandra Collections (259 Market Square) - $25 gift certificate

Lake Forest Resale Shop (653 N. Bank Ln. at Market Sq.) - $50 gift certificate

Blue Mercury (680 N. Bank Lane at Market Sq.) - Basket of Moroccanoil products; $150 value

J Crew (684 N. Bank Lane at Market Sq.) - $25 gift certificate

EJ Mirage (248 Market Square) - Lafco diffuser; $100 value

Kiddles Sports Inc. (258 Market Square) - Brooks Running Shoes-Adrenalin model; $120 value

Kelsey Resale Boutique (266 Market Square) - $50 gift certificate (NOTE – 20% off shoes & clothing!)

Lake & Co. (264 Market Square) - Barbour scarf

Sweet Pete’s (270 Market Square) - Chocolate “shoe”; $30 value

Forest Bootery (284 Market Square) - Pair of Columbia Minx Boots

Spex (724 N. Western Ave. – at Market Square) - $100 gift certificate



The Perfect Setting (760 N. Western at Westminster) - $50 gift certificate

Denim & Soul (267 E. Westminster) - “Courage Bag”

Valentina (227 E. Westminster) - $25 gift card

The Initial Choice (226 E. Westminster) - “Lake Forest” water bottle

Helanders Stationers (222 E. Westminster) - $100 gift certificate towards custom stationery

Sara Campbell, Ltd. (221 E. Westminster) - $50 gift card

Lake Forest Frame & Design Studio (204 E. Westminster) - $100 gift certificate toward custom framing

Mustard Seed (202 E. Westminster) - Handmade glass bead angel made by Massai tribesmen

Samlesbury Hall, Ltd. (730 N. Forest at Westminster) - Christmas Fairy with stand by Mark Roberts; $200 value

Bedside Manor (192 E. Westminster) - Candle & holiday stocking; $195 value

Lillie Alexander Ltd. (197 E. Westminster) - $50 gift certificate



Re-invent (202 E. Wisconsin Ave.) - Customizable set of wine glasses



Smith’s Men’s Store (770 N. Western Ave.) - Chicago Blackhawks needlepoint wallet

Forest & Found (1363 N. Western Ave.) - Pair of tall crystal candlesticks



Lake Forest Flowers (546 N. Western Ave.) - Red Poinsettia plant

The Optometrists of Lake Forest (510 N. Western Ave.) - $125 gift certificate (please note – open until 5 pm)


WEST LAKE FOREST (Settler’s Square – 825 S. Waukegan Rd.)…

Chocolates by Bernard Callebaut - Chocolate Santa; $122 value

Lake Forest True Value Hardware, Cards & Gifts - Holiday potpourri wreath or master mechanic cordless drill




Sat., Dec. 5, 10 am to 5 pm

Downtown Lake Bluff

Bring the family to Lake Bluff, the "North Pole of the North Shore," for a horse-drawn carriage ride, a bag of roasted chestnuts, carolers, a visit with Santa and  his reindeer (yes, live ones!), tour historic homes, and enjoy delicious nibbles and sips.  Pick up a "Cool Yule Passport to Gifts" to win fabulous items from the shops and eateries, then end the afternoon with the traditional gazebo lighting and holiday caroling on the Village Green.  It's old fashioned holiday fun at its best!

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10-5  Businesses open for holiday shopping
10-5  Artists on the Bluff at the LB Train Station (more)\
11-1  Story time with Santa's elf at the Lake Bluff Library
11-4  Historic Home Tour from Lake Bluff History Museum** (more)
11-5  Mary Russert Trunk Show at Peg Ann Kompany
1-5    Live reindeer with their elves visit on the Green
1-3    Horse-drawn carriage rides courtesy of Lake Forest Bank & Trust
1-4    Visit with Santa at the Lake Bluff History Museum (more)
1-4    Decorating party at the Library
2-3    Performance of rare, historic musical instruments at the train station
2-4    LFHS Holiday Brass Ensemble performs through town
4-5    The Buckthorns perform seasonal favorites at Inovasi
5       Gazebo lighting celebration on the Green with LBMS choristers
         ... holiday fun, roasted chestnuts (3-5) and much more!

** Experience the splendor of holidays past on the Lake Bluff History Museum’s fifth annual Historic Christmas Home Tour (11 am to 4 pm). This delightful tour features houses dating from the late 1800s to the present. In addition to providing a glimpse of homes decorated for the holidays, this year’s tour includes a holiday boutique participants can visit to browse and purchase holiday items. For details and to order tickets click HERE.


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Spend $250 and win $500!

During the month of December, simply save your receipts for purchases in Lake Forest & Lake Bluff and bring them to the the Chamber office where you will be entered to win $250 in Chamber checks redeemable at the wonderful shops and eateries in our towns. Winner will be announced on January 4th. Contest envelopes available at stores by Dec. 1. Good luck!



Stumped and need a gift idea?  Well, what better gift than Chamber gift certificates good at the wonderful shops and eateries in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff? It's the perfect gift for all ages and is available at the Chamber office. For gift check info CLICK HERE.

And, new this year -- you can GIVE THE GIFT OF THE ARTS in Chamber Checks, too!  Chamber Checks are accepted for tickets and more by members of LFLB ArtsLink, an alliance of 16 outstanding music, theatre, visual art and cultural institutions in our area.  For more info on ArtsLink click HERE.