By Sara Lugardo
Chicago is renowned for the festivities it offers during the holidays. Whether it’s the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival or Holiday Magic at the Brookfield Zoo, there seems to be holiday decorations wherever you look. However, holiday decorating isn’t only for huge parks or landmarks. Many Chicagoans choose to decorate both outdoors and inside their homes for the holiday season. Instead of looking at the big chain stores for your holiday decorations, check out some specialty stores to find your decorating needs this year.
Custom Window Lights, Inc
3126 S. Shields Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Decorating the outside of the home can be quite difficult, especially during Chicago winters. However, Custom Window Lights is a decorating company that supplies window lighting that is done from inside the windows instead of bearing the harsh weather. A vinyl frame with built-in bulbs is constructed via the specific measurements of your windows. The simple insert allows for easy installation without any drilling, taping, stapling or suction cups needed.
Wrigleyville Christmas Tree Store
3458 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Offering only top-grade Fraser and Balsam fir trees, freshly cut, this store has trees, wreaths, garlands and even firewood. Perfect for indoor or outdoor home decorating, the fresh scent of pine needles is far better than any artificial wreath you will find. There is free parking and free delivery available to local areas around Lakeview. Open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. through Christmas, this is a great one-stop spot for your holiday decorating needs.
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Kris Kringle Haus
14934 S. La Grange Road
Orland Park, IL 60462
This is a European Import store that transforms into a seasonal Christmas store during the holiday season. There are over 10,000 different items from European-made to American-made decorations and collectibles. You can find Beyer’s Choice Caroler figurines, German-made Steinback Nutcrackers and a huge variety of old world glass ornaments. Check out the Facebook page to view photos of its amazing inventory of specialty Christmas decorations.
375 W. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Artificial food, decorations involving intricate food platters and centerpieces can be made with some creativity and a well-stocked visit to Barnard, Ltd. However, it also has a wide variety of themed décor from winter scenes to trees and lighting. The selection of wreaths are split up into categories of holiday, seasonal, craft or feather. This is a great place to decorate your home in a more creative way, rather than sticking to the cookie-cutter routine of red and green ribbon.
Santa’s Treasure Chest
5 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Located conveniently in the Woodfield Shopping Mall just outside of Chicago, this is a seasonal store with an abundance of variety in inventory. There are artificial trees of almost every color, platters, ornaments and other decorations perfect for inside the home. Currently, there is a promotion featuring “Buy 3 get 2 free” on everything except for Christmas trees. New promotions will change in the weeks before and after Christmas.
Sara Lugardo is a Korean American who thrives in writing about Asian community news in Chicago. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.