Glen Ellyn seems designed for strolling, chatting and browsing. Women with artsy tastes love AliKat for Bohemian-style clothing. M and Em’s sells ribbon-trimmed baby-girl outfits along with women’s clothing; Paisley on Main specializes in gifts, jewelry, home accessories and Vera Bradley goods.
For a sweet treat, tiny Glen Ellyn Sweet Shoppe sells popcorn and throwback 5-cent candies out of a cute, cottagelike storefront.
Then it’s back for more shopping: Marcel’s Culinary Experience features cookware, specialty foods and trendy cooking classes. Ten Thousand Villages sells fair-trade gifts and home-decor items from around the world. The Bookstore (yes, that’s its name) stands next to crafty-cool String Theory Yarn Company and its treasure trove of fair-trade and Earth-friendly yarns. Cabernet and Company stocks nearly 1,000 bottles of global wines ($5 to $400).
Not ready to go home? The Inn at Water’s Edge (located on the campus of the College of DuPage) has six modern guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto a peaceful lake (from $105). Check in and head to dinner at Waterleaf, the college’s white-tablecloth restaurant known for French and American dishes and prix-fixe bargains. A full range of appetizers (foie gras and crab cakes), desserts (pear tatin and a chocolate trio) and an artisanal cheese plate round out the menu.
More information: (630) 469-5000; glenellyn.org