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, ILRead 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!

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!

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."

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. 

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.