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In McHenry County, we are more than strip malls and big box stores. Our communities are filled with interesting, intriguing and sometimes even ingenious shops to fit your shopping personality. What kind of shopper are you? Use this list to help you create your ultimate holiday shopping list!


Read Between the Lynes - Woodstock, ILTreat yourself to a book (and a sweet)

Dreams do come true! Or, at least they do for Arlene Lynes, her knowledgable staff and all the dedicated customers of Read Between the Lynes. Located in the Woodstock Square, the bookstore was the dream of Arlene, who along with her husband, children and staff, opened this oasis 10 years ago.
Today, they offer best sellers, local favorites, author events, souvenirs, coffee and ice cream. They also have free tourist information! Stop in and find out why this is your hometown bookstore, regardless of where you call home!

Go where hip meets historic!

You'll find so much to fall in love with when you shop and dine in Crystal Lake's Historic Downtown District. Bring your family to one of the downtown's signature events such as the Festival of Lights Parade held the Friday after Thanksgiving each year. Plan a day of shopping with your friends, an evening of entertainment with your favorite someone or a morning stroll along the street with your family!

Lather with Luxury

Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company offers natural soaps, handmade one at a time in individual molds using fresh goat milk from their own herd of Swiss dairy goats, along with quality oils and butters. They also make luxurious lotions, botty butters, scrubs, bath bombs, and natural hair and skin products - all made with pride and love!

Art you can use

It all started with a friendly challenge in Rober Blue's freshman year. His roomate bet her could make pottery better than Blue could. "I touched clay, and it was all over." He loves to "doodle three-dimensionally in the air" with earth. He and his wife, Susan Blue Galloway, produce beautiful and practical pottery in their Blue Eagle Pottery studio just outside Woodstock. Some pieces at Blue Eagle Pottery are designed for home decor, but others are functional pieces, useful in the kitchen or on the table. This is art that is meant to be used. Blue says: "I always believed that the artistry within my pottery is the act of using the piece once it is finished."

When older is better

We know why you love to go antiquing: It's an adventure! When you step into an antique shop you've never visited before, you're full of anticipation. Your eye lights first on the larger pieces of furniture, and then you spy the beautiful old rings in a jewelry case. From there, you notice china that coul dhave come from your great-great-grandmother's Sunday table, and then you see a collection of old crystal candlesticks and you wonder how those might look on your table. Or not your current table - maybe that gorgeous old walnut table over there. 

McHenry County has a variety of antique shops each having a tendency to favor one type of antique or another - furniture, collectibles, jewelry, vintage clothing, odds and ends - and an unimaginable variety of other items. A day of happy browsing is garanteed. Whatever special old thing you love to look for, you'll love looking for it in McHenry County.

Start your visit with the many antique shops that call Hebron home! Try Prairie Avenue Antiques and Tack Exchange, voted the No. 1 antique shop in the county, where you'll find Janet ready to tell you about the treasures in her store.

Or walk nort to Abundance Antiques & Design where Susan can hlp you find the perfect vintage jewelry piece or something rustic for your home. Crossing Main Street, you'll find Grampy's Antique and Resale Shops full of collectibles, primitives, accessories and resale/re-purposed items. 

Finish your exploration of the Hebron Antique and Specialty District with a visit to Lloyd & Leota's Antiques and Restoration for tables, chairs, armoires, chests and more. 


Are you a boutiquer? Haven't heard of the term before? Maybe because we just made it up. We had to - because McHenry County is the home to so many amazing boutiques. We know when you're shopping in a new place, you don't usually want to hit a chain you have already visited near your home - you want to see something entirely new. Here are a few of the many good ones you won't want to miss:

Marvin's Toy store sells high-quality, environmentally friendly toys in downtown Crystal Lake.

Elated Boutique in Huntley is the kind of place that just makes you happy, er, ELATED! Grab a girlfriend and shop away.

The Backdrop in Woodstock is a whimsical wonderland where you'll find unique things you cannot pass by.

Finery & Finishes in Richmond is where you go when you want to buy a treat for someone special - including yourself. 

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