Hit The Shops at Market Square

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Are you searching for a shopping and dining destination that takes everyone back in time? If so, head to Market Square.

It is just nineteen minutes from The Mil’ton and is known as the first planned shopping center in the United States. 

Market Square opened in 1916, and for over a century it has celebrated history and community. 

Highlights include:

Forest Bootery 

When Paul Garrison decided to open a shoe store, Forest Bootery was born. The year was 1976, and he had to sell his home in Downer’s Grove to afford the start-up costs. The shop quickly became a success, and Paul frequently traveled to New York to find the best products. Today, Forest Bootery is owned by his two daughters. They enjoy carrying on their father’s legacy and have updated the product mix. The selection features something for both men and women. Choices include sneakers, sandals, and wedges. 

M on the Square 

Missy Crowe has loved flowers since she was a child. During a winter break from college, she worked at a flower holiday pop-up shop where she became taken with the beauty of floral arranging. Missy now owns M on the Square, and she hand selects seasonal flowers that are perfect for any occasion. Choices include peonies, geraniums, and dusty millers.

Gerhard’s Desserts 

After shopping, enjoy a sweet treat at Gerhard’s Desserts. The bakers start their day early as they make everything from scratch. They only use the finest European ingredients and bake the goods using less sugar. The tasty selection includes raspberry mousse, chocolate truffles, and creme brulee. 

If you would like to live near Market Square and other unique shopping destinations, please contact us. We will gladly arrange a tour of our Vernon Hills, IL apartment community where you can see all we have to offer. 

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