Regardless of whether you live in the area or are just passing through, there is plenty of shopping to be had in Deerfield, Bannockburn, and Riverwoods. From specialty centers to those with a neighborhood aura and community feel, there is a wide range of stores to choose from if you are just looking for a quick snack before grocery shopping—or are hoping for an afternoon of serious shopping with friends.
Bannockburn Green is a lovely shopping area located at the corner of Waukegan Road and Route 22 (Half Day Road). A mixture of service businesses, restaurants, retail stores, and office space, it provides many different features for the community that it serves, as well as the surrounding area. Grocery stores provide practical shopping, while cafés and clothing stores allow for an afternoon of browsing and catching up with friends.
Shari Orr, the Asset Manager for the shopping area, says, “The nice part about Bannockburn Green is that while it is a ‘one-stop shop’ spot, you don’t have to just shop and go.”
Orr mentions that they have a gorgeous plaza area where people often gather and says that there is plenty of outdoor seating. “It’s a nice blend of stores, and it has a lot of character,” she says about the shopping center.
The summer concert series is a recent addition to Bannockburn Green, and it has been popular. Combining live music with the opportunity for alfresco dining, it gives people a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the nice weather in lovely surroundings. The shopping area also holds other events throughout the year, including a special holiday celebration.
The area at Lake Cook Road and Waukegan Road consists of a bustling network of shops and stores. Deerbrook Mall has some big box stores such as Best Buy, Jewel, and Office Max, and it is a popular stop for neighborhood residents. The adjacent shopping area was once known as Lake Cook Plaza, and it is now being re-branded and updated. It will carry a new name to represent the changes: Deerfield Park Plaza.
This shopping area has a different feel than the larger shopping center nearby, according to David Dresdner, Principal with Mosaic Properties & Development. “It’s a nice community neighborhood place,” he says.
Dresdner points out that it has been there for over 30 years, and the turnover has been very low. There are some restaurants which offer everything from Thai food to hot dogs, and one can also find a bank, a tile store, a pharmacy, and a pet grooming store among the 25 tenants in this area. Among the new arrivals is the Deerfield Park District, which has just opened its new recreation center there.
Also located in the area is Deerfield Square; a shopping center that provides another lovely outdoor space for retail stores in the area. Anchored by Whole Foods, Barnes & Noble, and Walgreens, there are over 30 retail stores, as well as a good deal of office space. The shopping square has maintained a strong presence in the community, and many of the retail stores that are there have been there since the beginning.
Completed in 2002, Deerfield Square logs in at approximately 257,000 square feet, and care was taken to make sure it was not only functional, but beautiful as well. There has been a good deal of planting, with flower beds that are located in several different areas, including the entrance and near the corner fountain. Trees in the parking lot and a series of plantings near the train tracks also add green to the development as well.
These are just of few of the shopping opportunities in the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods area. Whether you are looking to sit outdoors with a cup of coffee and read the paper or just run some quick errands, there are plenty of places to go.