Planning on attending Highland Park’s Independence Day Parade or the Grand Finale Bitter Jester Music Festival at Wolters Field? Add downtown Highland Park to your Fourth of July festivities! There’s plenty of parking, restaurants and retail stores open today. PLEASE NOTE: The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Laurel and St. Johns Avenues and heads north on St. Johns Avenue, then turns west on Central Avenue and continues to Sunset Park.

Paper Source – Heading to the beach for the 4th? Paper Source has all of your summertime essentials. Shop the collection ==>

Ooh’lah Lash – Time to treat yourself this week!

Campus Colors – Shop the summer’s top tees, 5x NBA Champs shirts, authentic sports gear, or old school classics at Campus Colors.

Jayne – Open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Michael’s Chicago-Style Red Hots –Celebrate the 4th of July weekend in style with 4 pairs of Michael’s festival shades. Available in every #Feastival box. Order yours today!

Ruby of Siam – Enjoy delicious Thai food on the 4th. Chicken satay and spring rolls are yummy choices!

Walker Brothers – Take 25% off Blueberry Pancakes during July! Locations will remain open until 3:30pm on July 4, 2017.

Arrivadolce – Open 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee + Ice Cold Water + Treats!

The Perfect Blend – Park your bike and grab a bubble tea or gluten-free breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Perfect Blend. Free Wifi!

Photo courtesy of @missnewfoodies

Dairy Queen – Try the MISTY Slush, available in 5 fruity flavors! Only $1 for a small during Happy Hour, Monday-Friday from 2-5pm.

Potbelly – The frozen Raspberry Lemonade and all-new Turkey Club are always great choices.


Enjoy the many outdoor eating spots in Highland Park throughout the summer season.  Use this interactive map to find the perfect place to have a picnic lunch with family, a delicious light salad with your Mom, or cocktails in the evening with friends. For a full list of restaurants in Downtown Highland Park, click here.


SPYRL Charles Peanut Tillman

SPYRL is the latest fitness solution coming from New York City.  Utilizing a Gyrotonic pulley tower, pulleys and weights are used to improve fitness in three-dimensional planes.

On Tuesday, May 23rd from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, SPYRL is hosting their ribbon cutting ceremony.  Meet former Chicago Bear Charles “Peanut” Tillman, who is a dedicated SPYRL practitioner.  50% of new sign up fees, through June 2017, will be donated to benefit the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation. This 50% of your initial package fee is tax deductible and you will receive a tax deduction letter.

Participating in Gyrotonic exercise helps the user to gain flexibility and agility, create balance, and strengthen the core.  Even more importantly, Gyrotonic exercise mobilizes the spine and helps to relieve back pain. Your lower back pressure will feel released and feel inches taller by practicing this natural style of movement.

One of the best benefits of Gyrotonic exercise is that it can be practiced by anyone.  Guided by an experienced instructor, athletes, weekend warriors, those just completing physical therapy, and seniors wishing to maintain mobility can all use the system.

Watch our latest YouTube video with Amy Pena, SPYRL™ Chicago’s Studio Director, as she discusses the benefits of the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Methods.

New Client Special: 3 private sessions for $210 (a $270 value). First class is free for new clients ($20 off).

Receive 1 free smoothie from True Juice with any private gyrotonic purchase OR 2 free smoothies with any package during the month of May. 


Therapeutic Kneads recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a large crowd of clients and friends.  As an experienced business owner, Sandy Saldano knew the right time to bring enhanced technology to her clients.  Sandy has an in-depth understanding of their needs, and was ready to respond.

“For 20 years, we have been educating our clients about the effects of long-term, chronic pain or stress and how massage therapy can provide relief.  In the world of franchised, volume-based massage businesses, we pride ourselves on more client time and less volume in a team-based atmosphere so that we can provide high quality services and customer care.  It’s a great feeling to know that by helping our community feel better, one body at a time, that we continue to grow as a company,”  says Saldano.

But why an app?  What does an app bring to clients?  “Time is such an important commodity for our clients, so we created an app that will put their ‘kneads’ first by simply clicking a button to schedule an appointment, update their account, or purchase a gift card.  Being innovative ensures the health and longevity of our clients lives, as well as ours.” stated Sandy.  Our favorite part of the app is the “Scratch and win” screen where you can win prizes from Therapeutic Kneads.

Clients loved the innovation that Therapeutic Kneads has brought to improve their experience.  Many experimented with the mobile app at the Anniversary party to get a feel for it before the app went live.  Like the Downtown Highland Park mobile app, the Therapeutic Kneads free mobile app is now available in both the Apple Store and Google Play.

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Let us help you find a one-of-a-kind gift she’ll love from our extensive deals list for  Downtown Highland Park. Treat mom to a mouthwatering brunch and take her to out to enjoy an afternoon tea or treat after your meal. If you’re crafty, make something special for her by hand with one of our workshops in town. Celebrate the most important women in your life, whether it be grandma, a new mom, sister, or aunt with a thoughtful gift they’ll treasure forever!


  • Uncle Dan’s – Uncle Dan’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide is here! Thank mom with gifts she’ll love from her favorite outdoor brands including Patagonia, Arc’teryx, PrAna, Lole and Hydro Flask.

  • Love That SpiceWellness Teas deliver a powerful antioxidant punch to provide wonderful benefits for health and wellness. Take $10.00 off any loose leaf tea order over $25.00 – USE DISCOUNT CODE: ilovemom2017. Offer applies online only. Expires May 10, 2017.
  • Floral Garden – Choose from the freshest flowers, the greatest selection and same-day delivery! Don’t be late this Mother’s Day, order her flowers today: (847)432-3420.
  • Florals by Mary Celeste – We are getting in fresh Orchid Plants just for your gift giving. Orchids, flowering plants, green plants, succulents, plants and cuts. The freshest and most beautiful cut flowers available. Place your orders now, so we can make sure you receive the best of everything: 847 780-4787.

  • Trunk Club (Tuesday, May 9 from 3-6 p.m.) – Treat Yourself for a pre-Mother’s Day celebration at the Highland Park Clubhouse. Come by for complimentary champagne (along with strawberries and chocolate), mini massages, and make-up tutorials while a Trunk Club stylist helps you plan your spring wardrobe.
  • Enaz – Great gift ideas under $100. As always, complimentary gift wrapping! Find something unique for mom at one of the jewelry trunk shows at Enaz.
    • May 11: Shoshanna Lee
    • May 12: Designed by Denise
    • May 13: Be Loved
  • Soulshine Shopping Party (May 11, 6-9 p.m.) – A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Alexa Weiss Brain Tumor Foundation. Come raise money for a good cause while shopping for amazing gifts for your mom, wife, sister and daughter. Show all of the moms in your life you appreciate all they do for us!

  • E Street Denim – Pick mom a special gift like cozy pajamas from PJ Salvage or lotions from Tokyo Milk. There are lots of new styles to see at the Mother’s Day Weekend Trunk Shows featuring Laurie Berg Designs on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and the Rachel Rose Jewelry Trunk Show on Saturday, May 13, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Over the Top – Find beautiful clothing for the beautiful woman in your life at the Annie Turbin Trunk Show, Tuesday 5/9 – Friday 5/12. Special Appearance by Annie Turbin Thursday 5/11 – Friday 5/12. Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Cos Bar
    • (May 8-12) Reserve a facial for Mom (a $50 gift card is required for a reservation. Gifts with qualifying purchases).
    • (May 14) Mimosas & Makeup with mom. Stop by to celebrate your first and best role model.
    • (Through May 14) Spend $70, or more in Rituals and receive an Ancient Beauty Gift Set. While supplies last. Receive complimentary gift wrap and Makeup Application Certificate with any fragrance purchase.

  • Style Shack – Treat mom to a special gift from brands like Sugarfina, Katie Loxton, and Kris Nations.
  • Cy Fredrics – May Madness Sale. Take 20-50% off all jewelry through May 31st.
  • Adesso – The perfect place for phones, cards, and everything else for Mom! Come visit us at our new location at 1813 St. Johns Avenue.
  • Riche Organics – Pick up a MOM goat milk and manuka honey soap in sunflower scent. Limited edition item. A great handcrafted, organic, and cruelty-free gift!

  • Ami AmiFind the perfect gift for Mom and treat yourself too! Buy one item and receive the second item at 25% off!* Offer valid now through Saturday.  *Discount taken on the lesser priced item. No adjustments on prior sales. All sales final.
  • Posh Essentials – A special boutique owned by women, for women. Save 20% on loungewear, yogawear, fragrances, and much more this Mother’s Day and find her something special!
  • Garfinkle’s Fine Jewelry – Take 20% off and more…* Exceptions Apply! Ends May 31st. Fabulous Évocateur Jewelry cuffs make a great gift for mom.

  • re:HOME/re:LOOKa small business owned by two local moms, we’re offering 15% off until Mother’s Day when you mention Downtown HP!


  • Beelow’s NorthShoreWhen it comes to Mom, it’s never too early to start planning a special celebration! Serving brunch from 11am – 2:30pm, reservations suggested. Nosh on prime rib, smoked ham, crab legs, chicken, salmon, tilapia, biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, omelettes, pancakes, waffles, fresh fruit, salads, homemade desserts, and more. For the full menu and prices, click here

  • Bella Via – Celebrate mom with brunch or dinner at Bella Via. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner is from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 14. Receive a complimentary mimosa during brunch! Call to make a reservation at 847-681-8300.

  • Real Urban BBQCelebrate Mom with a delicious meal from RUB – and the best part of all, on Mother’s Day all kids 12 and under eat FREE!* Gift cards are a great way to say thanks to all the moms in your life, too! Pick one up in our stores or online.

  • Goodies, Etc. – Sprinkled with ❤️ love for MOM/MOTHERS! Custom chocolate covered pretzels make for a yummy gift.


  • Ladies Night Out (May 11, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) – Head over to the Renaissance Place for a fun-filled Ladies Night Out and find something special for Mother’s Day. Get pampered with mini treatments, sip while you shop amazing discounts, and end the night with ½ priced cocktails. You can be a lucky winner…sign up for a raffle at every participating location!

  • Storybook Mom at WeOrbit (May 12, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Ms. Yelin captivates children and parents alike with her full performance of the written word, even though the words are few, rhyming, interactive, and surrounded by pictures.  FREE with General Admission.

  • Highland Park Library: Mother’s Day Crafts (Saturday, May 13, All Day) – Stop by the Youth Services Department to make a card for your favorite mother figure! Just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day. We’ll have all the supplies you need to create your own handmade card.
  • Paper Source: Personal Stationery Workshop (May 11, 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.) – Join us to create handmade personal stationery. We will provide all the materials (including a custom printed monogram) for you to paint, stamp, upcycle and collage your own unique designs. You will come away with 4 beautiful cards and a stationery folio.

  • 86 Hair Studio – Are you a Mom or do you know a Mom in need of some TLC? Enter the 86 Hair Studio contest for a chance to win a Full Hair ???????? and Makeup???? Makeover. We will pick two lucky ???? Moms and show the results before and after on our FB page.  Here’s how to enter:
    • *Send your current selfie ???? to our FB page or email it to
    • *Like our FB page to find out the winner and see the results before and after. Entry deadline is May 13th!

  • Classic Kids Photography This Mother’s Day, give her the gift of memories with a mini photo shoot that gives back. Benefiting Lauren Smoke and Family & Lauren’s efforts to help new moms going through chemotherapy treatment. $50 minimum donation. Through May 14th.
  • Professional Nail Spa – Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Show her how much you love her by pampering her with lots of love at Professional Nail Spa!

  • CryoPure Spa – Treat your mother to a free cryopure facial with the purchase of any session or package. Call 847-881-6081. Valid through 5/14.
  • FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center – Are YOU a mom? Simply let us know what your FreshSkin wish list is, and tell your significant other to give us a ring or visit and we’ll handle the rest. Email your wish list to:

  • Central BloBar – Make sure mom looks her best with a $20 blow out, free haircut with any color service, partial highlights w/ single process + haircut ($85), or a Brazilian blow out special for $180. *Cannot be combined with any other offers. Some restrictions apply.

  • Therapeutic Kneads – Keep calm and treat mom with the gift of a relaxing massage. Get a free enhancement with a gift card purchase of $100. Includes aromatherapy, hot stone, reflexology, herbal remedy oils, PureLight Hot Oil treatment & more. Give mom the TLC she deserves!



Body Evolve, a pilates studio in Highland Park, is celebrating National Pilates Day on Saturday, May 6th!  National Pilates Day celebrates health and the strength, balance and flexibility that comes with doing pilates.  According to Joseph Pilates, the creator of this wildly popular exercise, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”  Pilates is a form of exercise that anyone can do to build strength and flexibility.  Utilizing either the “reformer” equipment or exercises done on a floor mat, pilates develops breathing, core strength and body alignment.  Pilates focuses on the center of the body as the “powerhouse” and all movements begin there and move out to the hands and feet.  It is particularly popular with those seeking to maintain mobility.

Body Evolve is celebrating Pilates Day in a multitude of ways.  The most exciting is their new expansion – Body Evolve is growing into the space next door.  The larger space will allow more room for their numerous classes, both mat and reformer, private lessons, and workshops.

In addition, Body Evolve is offering a free mat class at 11:30 AM on 5/6.  Reserve your spot at 847-926-8490.  Bring a friend and enjoy a free class with appetizers and beverages post-workout.

Last, Body Evolve is offering two private sessions for only $130.  Just in time for Mother’s Day, this special must be purchased by 5/14.  Learn more at


You can’t put a price on walking into a family-owned store that truly cares about its customers, community, and clientele. The store that has made a lasting impression on the North Shore for the past two decades is ENAZ. The trendy boutique was founded by Susan Lurie in the early ‘90s and originally started as a 400 square-foot custom leather studio at 441 Central Ave. Sisters Samantha Shapiro, Melinda Kaplan, and Lena Blitstein came on board and the shop eventually expanded into the 4,000 square-foot space, located across the street at 444 Central Ave.

ENAZ stands for Energy…Nature…Attitude…Zest for Life, a mantra the owners live by. The shop offers a true mother-daughter experience and has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Enaz is stylish for young moms and women of every age. Nothing in-store is overly trendy; there are quality pieces that can last a lifetime if handled with care.

“The items that people buy, they wear forever – that’s one of the best compliments I can ever receive,” owner Samantha Shapiro speaks of her secret to success. “There’s something here for everyone…we listen to our customers,” Samantha says.

Enaz supports local jewelry designers and also makes their own perfume oils and lotions in their Spa Bar. Over 20+ scented oils can be packaged as a roller bottle, diffuser, bath gel or lotion. These are great for a housewarming gift, a teacher, or someone feeling under the weather.

Enaz is nestled into HP’s East End – the actual beginning of Central Avenue. It’s a great place to start your shopping (don’t forget about the giant parking lot) and move your way down. This weekend only, take 20% off all clothing* and take an additional 20% off the sale rack. (* Excludes jewelry & accessories. ** No adjustments to prior receipts. Sale honored in both store locations.  Hard marked sale items are final sale.)

Don’t forget to shop Highland Park’s East End this Thursday, April 27th from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Find a gift for Mother’s Day, a cute outfit for spring, and enjoy something yummy at one of our participating restaurants. 



Admit it – we had you at the magic words “FREE PIZZA”.  On Tuesday, April 18th,  Highland Park welcomes Blaze Pizza to Port Clinton Square, on the corner of Central Avenue and First Street.  If you are dedicated and have stamina, you can get your very own free pizza.  We know you’ll need stamina, because we guarantee there will definitely be a line.

How do you get this free deliciousness?

Step #1:  Follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook (While you’re at it, follow Downtown Highland Park as well!  Just sayin’ . . . ).

Step #2:  Arrive between 11 AM and 8 PM on Tuesday, 4/18.

Step #3:  Wait your turn – introduce yourself – make a new friend.

Step #4:  Show your “Follow” on your phone to the people who will create your pizza heaven.

Step #5:  Order and enjoy!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Blaze Pizza, Blaze creates artisanal pizzas that are fast and affordable.  Custom pizzas, salads, lemonade, adult beverages and more have made Blaze Pizza a hit across the country.  And NOW, they are here in Highland Park.

Adam Cummins, a partner at Blaze Pizza said, “We are thrilled to open in Highland Park and be a part of its thriving community.  We can’t wait to share the Blaze Pizza concept with Highland Park!”

And we are thrilled to have Blaze Pizza join us in Highland Park!  After all, who doesn’t love a great pizza . . .




As a parent of little ones, how many times have you asked yourself: “What are we going to do today?”.  It could be raining, snowing, or the kiddos are simply tired of doing the same thing. Kids need to play and explore and test their new skills. The CDC says that parents should “encourage free play as much as possible.” Free play helps young children develop motor skills, gain strength, and avoid obesity.

WeOrbit, located at 1736 First Street, recently opened to provide a solution to the “What are we going to do?” question.  Consisting of play spaces specifically geared toward different age groups, WeOrbit gives children a safe place to play and explore indoors.

The Soft Play Area is designed exclusively for newborns to early walkers.  It is created with the littlest ones in mind, from tummy time activities to wall activities – all for those just learning to stand and walk.

The Toddler Area encourages art creations and explorations within the play house, walls and cubbies, while the bigger kids enjoy the two-deck play structure with a climbing wall and a quiet nook for reading.

Saving the best for last, the interactive floor is a place for kids and adults to play.  A variety of games for single or multi-player use are available and get those feet moving!

WeOrbit offers engaging classes for both parents and children, including their Mommy & Baby Yoga (Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.), Parent & Toddler Yoga (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.), Kindermusik – Wiggle & Grow (Fridays, 2-2:45 p.m.), and their Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinic on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month (10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.).

You can also rent WeOrbit’s indoor play space for your child’s next birthday party or private event (baby shower, reveal party, or any other special event) on Saturdays and Sundays. Click here for more details on availability and fees.

Playing kids are happy kids – come visit the newest play space in Downtown HP.

Check out WeOrbit here:


Sheryl Stationery Station

Imagine being surrounded by happy occasions 99% of the time!  Sheryl Oberman, the owner of Stationery Station, is that lucky lady.  As Stationery Station celebrates their 40th Anniversary, Sheryl took a moment to reflect upon her business over the years.

Family and friends have been interwoven throughout her business life.  Sheryl started Stationery Station with her friend (purchasing a stationery store in Highland Park) just after having her daughter.  As their location moved around Downtown, Sheryl fondly remembers her daughter playing in the store after school, creating her own “girl club” headquarters inside.

Located in Port Clinton Square for the last 16 years, Sheryl enthuses her love for paper – no matter what format – invitations, notecards, notepads – she loves the design, the processes, and the paper itself.  Filled with creativity, Sheryl and her staff fulfill people’s visions and dreams for the occasions that are important milestones in their lives.

Stationery Station customers say “Stationery Station is where every creative spirit goes for nourishment.”  Over forty years, Sheryl and her staff have built a loyal following due to Sheryl’s mantra: “Service Without Fail”.  Sheryl’s dedication has resulted in forty years of happy clients.  Beyond that, Sheryl’s mantra has extended beyond her business to our City.  Sheryl is not only a business owner in Highland Park, but she is a resident, and she has dedicated time to our City through the Business and Economic Development Commission.  Sheryl embodies “Service Without Fail” in everything that she does.

To celebrate their 40th, Stationery Station will have 10 Days of Giveaways followed by their annual stationery sale.  Go to Stationery Station’s Facebook page starting April 3rd to enter to win some creatively fun giveaways.  Stop by Stationery Station and help them celebrate!



Random Holidays

We love silly, random holidays!  This week is particularly full of fun, random celebrations.  Monday, March 20th starts with Extraterrestrial Abduction Day.  If E.T. is coming for me, I’m running to Pulse Fitness – I’m confident that co-owners Amy and Patrick could fight them off (I mean, have you SEEN their pictures on Facebook)!  Check out Amy and Patrick’s great fitness classes at Pulse Fitness or visit them at 1892 First Street.  They will make you feel that great health and fitness is definitely within your reach.

March 20th is also the International Day of Happiness!  While you’re evading extraterrestrials, do something that makes you happy – grab lunch at Tomo Sushi (675 Central Avenue), get a manicure at Queens Nails (1896 First Street), shop at Uncle Dan’s (621 Central Avenue), or pick up the most classic of Chicago-style pizzas at Lou Malnati’s (1890 First Street).

Tuesday is “Tea for Two Tuesday”.  Bring your favorite “second” to Love That Spice at 1893 Sheridan Road.  Owner Marlena will bring you great tea, great snacks, and the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.  You can also order online at

Wednesday is National Goof Off Day – a perfect day for all ages!  Where would you goof off in our Downtown?  Country Kitchen for breakfast?  Michael’s for lunch?  Frost for an afternoon treat?  A movie at Renaissance Place’s Landmark Theatre?  You can email by Wednesday, March 29th to enter to win a $250 Landmark Theatre gift card!   Maybe a  yoga class at Shri Yoga?  There are so many choices . . .

Thursday is National Puppy Day – get your puppy fix at Orphans of the Storm on 468 Central Avenue.  In the City of Chicago alone, over 15,000 dogs were taken in by the city animal shelter in 2015.  Get in some puppy snuggles, perhaps drop off some treats, and maybe you’ll leave with your new best friend!

Personally, Friday is my favorite random holiday – National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.  I love chocolate covered raisins and luckily for me I can get my favorite candy in multiple places.  On the East End, I can go to Confection Connection at 504 Central Avenue.  I can also go to Goodies on Central Avenue near Sprout Kids (652 and 644 Central Avenue correspondingly), or if I need to sneak it in with my grocery shopping, I can get chocolate covered raisins at Sunset Foods.  Maybe I’ll do all three – because chocolate covered raisins are amazing . . . .

Enjoy your week!


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Despite the freezing cold weather and latest surge of snow, Spring is just around the corner in Highland Park.  With Spring comes new Spring fashions and fun, new ways to update your wardrobe.    Perhaps you have a Spring wedding to attend, or maybe a high school or college graduation, so you know you’re looking for a dress, or you’ve got travel plans and are looking for key separates to make packing a breeze.  But how do you know where to start?

If only someone would come to your closet and help put together the look or series of separates that saves you and breathes life back into your wardrobe!  After all, we don’t all have a personal stylist to pull together what we need to look and feel our best.

Anthropologie is stepping up and offering a unique opportunity to do just that.

On Thursday, March 16th  from 6 – 8 pm, Anthropologie will have personal stylists on hand to give one-on-one guidance to women.  While you enjoy beverages and light bites, browse outfits showcased for inspiration, and get personalized advice based on your own needs.  With the support of the stylists, try on the newest trends – whether it’s an off-the-shoulder top, a jumpsuit, or bright spring colors.  It’s a great way to step outside of your comfort zone and have some fun!

Make it a girls night or come on your own – the stylists and staff at Anthropologie are looking forward to meeting you and curing your closet woes, or simply putting a little snap in your step.

To RSVP, please call Anthropologie at 847-681-0200 or sign up in-store.  Anthropologie is located on the corner of Green Bay Road and Central Avenue:  1780 Green Bay Road