Independent Shopping in Oak Park, IL

Oak Park has some great restaurants and well-known chain stores, but it also has a huge variety of independent shops. Below, I’ve highlighted some of the best from here in town, as well as a handful from nearby Forest Park. I’ve also created a Pinterest board with their locations marked (though there were a few that I was unable to add to the map). This isn’t an exhaustive list of stores, but it does include all of my favorites!

Update Interiors, Oak Park, IL
Update Interiors

Home

  • Update Interiors
    Furniture and amazing lighting, along with smaller decorative details for your home.

  • Refind Home
    Mid-century vintage finds, plus new eco-friendly and indie goods.

  • Moss
    A great selection of flowers, plus interesting gifts and home decor.

  • Yearbook
    A careful selection of vintage and new goods with a masculine, old collegiate feel.

  • CarefulPeach
    A French-inspired boutique with beautiful items for tabletop, bath, and kitchen.

CarefulPeach, Oak Park, IL
CarefulPeach

Women’s Clothing & Accessories

  • Gem
    A mix of edgy modern and pretty vintage-inspired jewelry.

  • Nora’s Shoe Shop
    Awesome shoes from harder to find brands.

  • Lively Running
    Running shoes for women (they’ll help you choose the right pair), and cute workout clothes.

  • Muse
    Feminine tops and dresses in a range of prices.

Gem Jewelry, Oak Park, IL
Gem

For Kids

Pumpkin Moon, Oak Park, IL
Pumpkin Moon

Books

The Book Table, Oak Park, IL
The Book Table

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Style: A Drapey Tee

Everything I’m wearing these days has to be nursing-friendly and machine washable, but most of my pre-pregnancy shirts are still a bit too tight and my options are pretty limited. I was feeling kind of schleppy, so I went out shopping the other day to pick up a couple of new tops that would work for me at my current size, and I came home with my new favorite shirt.

Nicole Balch

It has a high/low hem, but it’s subtle enough that it doesn’t feel too trendy, and it drapes just right. There’s also a pretty pleated detail in the back.

Drapey Tailored Tee

I was a little worried about the practicality of a white shirt like this with two little kids around and a baby constantly on my hip; it has a slight texture to it and I thought it might stain easily. Then I spilled coffee on myself within the first hour of wearing the shirt. Because I am a klutz. Happily, the shirt cleaned up nicely!

The necklace and shoes I’m wearing with the top are no longer available, but I found a couple of alternatives and included them below.

Style: A Drapey Tee

  1. Pixie Ankle Pants, Old Navy

  2. Percey Glasses, Warby Parker

  3. Tailored Tee, Madewell

  4. Horn Link Necklace, Anthropologie

  5. Mamuye Leather Bag, FashionABLE

  6. 14K Bezel and Baguette Diamond Band, Zoe Chicco

  7. Gabor Patent Leather Oxford, Nora’s Shoe Shop

  8. The ABLE Scarf, FashionABLE

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