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6 Local Boutiques in Lake Forest


There is nothing like supporting a local business—especially when you walk away with new beautiful clothes, accessories, or fun items for your new home.

There is nothing like supporting a local business—especially when you walk away with new beautiful clothes, accessories, or fun items for your new home. These Lake Forest boutiques have stood the test of time and are community-driven destinations that have something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a fun afternoon stroll or are on a mission, you’re bound to find something unique at one of these six Lake Forest boutiques. 

The Lake Forest Shop

Voted “Best Evening Wear” for Better’s Best of 2019, The Lake Forest Shop is one of the most sophisticated, historic, and memorable boutiques in town. For 98 years, the shop has displayed timeless styles for women of all ages in its celebrated Market Square location in downtown Lake Forest. Established in 1922 on a whim by Chicago socialite Margaret Baxter Foster, the shop was passed down to her granddaughter and the store’s current owner, Ellen Stirling. The store is a wonderful fashion spot with everything from cocktail and board meeting attire to dressy casual and jeans with a fun top. The store has evolved with the times and remains a staple in the community. 


Valentina is an upscale, brightly colored boutique that feels like stepping right into a fairytale. Inside, you’ll find everything from soft, cashmere sweaters to dainty and bold jewelry. The store has built a name for itself by offering women's clothing, jewelry, and home items. If you’re looking to purchase a small, thoughtful gift, this could be the perfect store to pick up something dazzling for a loved one. They have fantastic trunk sales from time to time, so be sure to check out their Instagram for details! 

Sara Campbell

The lovely boutique Sara Campbell is known for its classic styles that are fitting and beautiful for women of all ages. The store truly has all types of clothing, from athleisure and dresses to coats and jackets. The designer is also known for her philanthropic efforts and manufacturing in the USA, which means clients can shop confidently.
M on the Square
Stunning handmade floral arrangements are the specialty at M on the Square. This local florist crafts bespoke arrangements that are well-suited for any occasion. With a breathtaking selection of freshly cut flowers, M on the Square is your go-to destination for gorgeous bouquets, centerpiece arrangements, topiaries, and elegant orchids. Additionally, M on the Square features a curated selection of gifts, including books, stationary, candles, luxury soaps, and games. 

Forest Bootery 

Whether you’re searching for work boots, sandals, sneakers, or even slippers, Forest Bootery in Market Square has cultivated an inclusive selection of footwear for the whole family. Forest Bootery initially got their feet off the ground with footwear but have since expanded their collection to include apparel and accessories, including socks, bags, and face masks. 

Penny’s From Heaven

At Penny’s From Heaven, you’ll feel like you’re walking through the clouds. The beautiful children’s boutique was opened in 1997 after the owner had her daughter, Penelope, and realized the lack of a fantastic baby and children’s store in Lake Forest. She had a vision for an enchanting shop where “each little thing was more beautiful than the next.” With the help of her sister, they launched the store that is still in Lake Forest today; it offers charming clothes for girls and boys, as well as wooden toys, books, and more.

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