Illinois Itinerary: Native American Know-How, Retail, Therapy Military Style and Exploring Evanston
The Itinerary at a Glance
Enrich your Native American knowledge with an exclusive peek into the fascinating world of their culture and history. Savor the wholesome goodness of the region’s best breads and relax with retail therapy at a former military base. A 37-acre electronics store? More like a jaw-dropping retail ride at Disney World where you’ll be entertained at every turn. Unearth the best that Evanston has to offer from the lake to the land-based dining capital of the Midwest.
3 Unique Experience on This Trip
- The Glen Town Center
- Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop
- Grosse Point Lighthouse
Duration: 2 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Morning: Immerse yourself in the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from the U.S and Canada at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, one of the only museums in the country exclusively dedicated to this fascinating group. The Mitchell Museum promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives and since its founding in 1977 it has evolved into a cherished resource of collections, exhibits and activities that introduce visitors to the cultures of American Indians.
Lunch: After a tour of the Mitchell Museum, the tempting aroma of freshly baked bread beckons you to stop for lunch at Great Harvest Bread Company, where they handcraft wholesome breads and baked goods every day using only the purest ingredients. Their custom-made sandwiches are legendary and you can start your visit with a free slice of “hot-out-of-the-oven bread”slathered with fresh butter or a taste of legendary sweets.
Afternoon: Head north to Glenview and stroll along The Glen Town Center, a walking community of retailers that pays tribute to the former U.S. Naval Air Station that played an important role in four major wars and was the training ground for thousands of Navy recruits including former U.S. President George H. Bush. Anchored by department store Von Maur, the Town Center offers distinctive shops with everything from games to art, unique restaurants and entertainment for the whole family. At Oh, Olive, they love to teach customers how easy and healthy it is to cook with olive oil. By stocking only the freshest and highest quality Delizia oils, the Oh Olive teams invites you to taste their premium products and judge for yourself. Browse through tons of retro and gag gifts, concert and movie posters as well as nostalgic tin signs.
Just a few miles from The Glen Town Center, a massive 85-inch Samsung Ultra HD TV can you be yours for just $40,000 at Abt Electronics, one of the largest independent single-store appliance and electronics retailers in the country. Voted “The Greenest A/V Retailer in the Country” for their recycling efforts, Abt’s stunning 80,000-square-foot showroom features an Apple and Sony boutique, a 7,500-gallon saltwater aquarium and a soaring atrium that evokes the famed Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
Dinner: The Glen Town Center offers a fabulous mix of dining options including Japanese, Irish pub fare, tempting Thai and a Chicago-style steakhouse.
Evening: What could be more fun than inviting your gregarious group to brush up on their painting skills and unleash their inner Van Gogh? It all happens at Pinot’s Palette where you’ll “Paint, Drink & Have Fun.” No experience necessary. You’ll create your own whimsical masterpiece under the guidance of a professional artist for an unforgettable night on the town. Great for girls night outings, team building and corporate parties.
Hotel: Overnight in one of Chicago North Shore’s warm and inviting hotels. http://www.cnscvb.com/visitors_lodging.cfm
Visit all of our signature neighborhood stores and boutiques, each with their own unique style and flair: Downtown Evanston, Central Street Evanston, Chicago – Dempster Merchants and Main Street Evanston Shops.
Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop. After collecting fossils as a kid, Dave Douglass attained rock star status when he opened Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in 1970. This fascinating space contains fossils from every geological time period, dating back to Precambrian times some three billion years ago. You’ll see fossils from around the world, including a complete cave bear skeleton from France, small dinosaurs from China, amber with insects from Mexico, and trilobites from the U.S. and Canada.
Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, including musical instruments, handmade greeting cards, soaps, fair trade coffee and chocolate.
Explore the Grosse Point Lighthouse. This landmark has stood watch over Evanston’s Lake Michigan shoreline since 1873. Fascinating tours available.
Evanston’s spectacular lakefront. The city’s beaches offer breathtaking views of Chicago and also feature a variety of activities including swimming, sailing, windsurfing and boating.
With over 80 parks and playgrounds, many located directly on the lakefront, Evanston is a recreational gem.
During the spring and summer, the city hosts dozens of street fairs, festivals and exciting neighborhood events all waiting to welcome you.