A few suggestions of where to shop, what to eat, and places to explore.
When in Rome, as they say... Here are a few of our favorite places. These are local businesses whom we know, trust, and believe in. Remember, it's the unique, independent, locally run businesses that make a community interesting, diverse, and truly a home town.
- Visit Maley’s Flower Shoppe, just down the street, for stunning fresh florals. Owner Tina Messina makes absolutely magical arrangements.
- Design Studio is ideal for seasonal decor. Be sure to visit.
- If you've only experienced "big-box" hardware stores, treat yourself to our local True Value. Walk through to remember what a real store is like.
- Just 5 minutes East is Jackson Square Antique Mall. This multi-dealer space is an emporium for all things retro. Allow plenty of time to peruse.
- Not to be missed, Hash Stacks Cafe and Market (literally, next door to us) is the perfect place to fuel up for a day of shopping and activities. Scratch made, locally owned, fresh and delicious--just the way we like it! Open daily from 6-3.
- Kirschbaum's Bakery is a local institution dating back to 1953. Everything they make is outstanding: The smiley cookies are famous, the coffee cakes are a must for the weekend, and the donuts are beyond fabulous.
- Not every small town has a Michelin star restaurant. We do. Vie showcases contemporary American cuisine served as a fine dining experience. Treat yourself!
- Enjoy a great pizza, a beer, and catch the game on one of their many TV screens, at Salerno's.
- Check out the local scene, dine outside and relax at Hillgrove Tap.
- Rustic Italian and an inspired bar make for Mediterranean bliss at Davanti. Settle into a booth and enjoy the terrific cocktails and service.
- For those needing a caffeine fix, we do have one of the nicest Starbucks you'll ever see.
- The Western Springs Historical Society maintains our lovely, iconic Water Tower. Located directly across the street from Clever Girl, on the Village Green, the park-like space is perfect for a picnic. Tours are offered on Saturdays. Details here.
- The Theatre of Western Springs, founded in 1929, delivers an outstanding range of productions. Everyone from Patty Duke, Brian Dennehy and The Glenn Miller Orchestra have appeared on stage. Details here.
- The French Farmers Market offers fresh, in-season produce, baked goods and other homemade items. Sunday mornings, May through October. Details here.
- In neighboring Oak Brook, visit the Graue Mill and Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the operating waterwheel grist mill and homestead is dedicated to maintaining a bridge between past and present. The setting, on Salt Creek, is picturesque year-round. Definitely plan a visit! Details here.
- Finally, include Brookfield Zoo in your travel plans to the area. World-renowned, Brookfield Zoo is set within a 216-acre nature park, and is home to more than 2000 animals. Catch the train from Western Springs to the "Zoo Stop" or make the short 6 mile trip by car. Details here.