Before rushing out to national retailers this holiday season, take a look at what the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff area has to offer. Local businesses, who may already be struggling in the economy, will appreciate your patronage, and you may just find something unique for your gift.
Check out the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Directory to see a list of local stores, and their specialties.
There are also several shopping events planned for the downtown area.
During the Lake Forest tree lighting ceremony in Market Square on November 23 there will be hot cocoa, Santa and shopping as stores will offer special discounts to get your season started.
On December 1 in Lake Bluff retailers will be offering special promotions, while Santa and his live reindeer visit with children, horse-drawn carriages parade through downtown and the annual gazebo lighting caps off the evening.
Where is your favorite local shop to find a gift for the holidays? Tell us in the comment section below.