Northwestern University


Bookman’s Alley
1712 Sherman (rear)
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 869-6999
Hidden in the alley between Church and Clark, Bookman’s Alley is a gem, selling books, antiques, and even old musical instruments. Visitors can enjoy paging through magazines from the 1950s, sheet music from the 1920s and early editions of books that defy time altogether.
Tue-Thurs, 12pm-8pm; Fri, 12pm-6pm; Sat, 10:30am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-6pm; Mon, Closed

Evanston Farmer’s Market
Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave
Evanston, IL 60209
(847) 448-8138
Local farmers and artisans sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses and baked goods. Cooking demonstrations and tastings take place weekly, and local artists display and sell their art on select Saturdays. The market is a nice place to stroll and piece together a light breakfast, or shop for fresh goods for your tailgate.
Saturdays, May-November, 7:30am-1pm

Central Street
A quaint street lined with small independent local clothing boutiques, gift shops, spices and specialty foods.

Main Street
The south side of Evanston, along Main Street, boasts stores with imports from more than 30 countries: antiques, rare books, Amish furniture, toys, jewelry, fabrics and clothing.

Ten Thousand Villages
719 Main Street
Evanston, IL
(847) 733-8258
Ten Thousand Villages features hand-crafted fair-trade goods from developing countries around the world.
Mon, 10am-7pm; Tue-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs, 10am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12am-5pm

The Spice House
1941 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-3711
A Chicago landmark since 1957, The Spice House opened its second location in Evanston in 1996.The Spice House offers the highest quality, hand-selected and hand-prepared spices and herbs. The selection is incomparable-if you need it, want it, or dream it-The Spice House probably has it. The Food Network’s Alton Brown filmed his Christmas episode “It’s a Wonderful Cake” at The Spice House.
Mon-Fri, 9am-6:30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-3pm



Let’s Tailgate
1805 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 570-0105
A one-stop shop for all of your Northwestern Wildcat themed tailgate gear and gifts.
Mon-Sat, 10:30am-5:30pm; Sun, 11am-4pm

Norris University Center Bookstore
 1999 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-2300
Hours vary with season. See website for current hours.