Are you planning to pick up a watch for that special someone in your life? Or perhaps you’d like to pick up something more high-tech, like a fitness tracker. Regardless if you’re looking for classic timepieces or a gadget with some serious bells and whistles to wear on a run or bike ride, here’s a list of retailers in the Chicago area that offer just what you need to keep time. From jewelry boutiques to hiking supply retailers, make these stores part of your holiday shopping to-do list.
1200 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
When you think of electronics store Abt located in the northwest suburb of Glenview, you likely think of a plethora of widescreen TVs, home theater systems and some serious home appliances. The retailer also has a number of classic timepieces, smartphones and fitness trackers for sale, with brands that include Gucci, Movado, Hamilton and Victorinox available for purchase. If that special someone already has a watch, consider picking up a watch accessory, including a watch winder or watch valet. On the wearable technology front, Abt offers everything from Fitbit to GoPro cameras, making it easy to track or record the next adventure.
1151 W. Lake Cook Rd.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
While smartwatches can be filled with the latest technology, a classic watch doesn’t go out of style. If you need to purchase a classic watch for someone, or even yourself, then consider taking a look at the selection at Burdeen’s Jewelry. Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ulysse Nardin, Chopard and Breitling are among the brands available for purchase through the retailer. Burdeen’s Jewelry also offers pre-owned timepieces. On Black Friday, Burdeen’s will give away watch winders with every purchase of an automatic watch over $2,000. In addition to watches, you can drool over Burdeen’s selection of rings, necklaces, earrings and other jewelry.
Erehwon Mountain Outfitter
1000 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Instead of giving the outdoorsy person in your life some cold weather gear for the holidays — again — consider purchasing some high-tech watches or other electronics. Erehwon Mountain Outfitter offers GoPro cameras, heart rate monitors, pedometers and more. In addition to hiking gear, including clothing, tents and cookware, Erehwon carries items for running, paddlesports, climbing and other outdoor sports, and has gear available for men, women and children. In addition to its location in Chicago’s Near North Side, Erehwon has locations in Kildeer, Bannockburn and Naperville.
Village Cycle Center
1337 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
For some cyclists, a bike ride isn’t exactly complete without a way to accurately measure distance, speed and heart rate. That’s where the electronics selection at Village Cycle Center comes in, with a selection of watches, heart rate monitors and even bike-mounted devices to help record and monitor a workout, and features products from brands that include Garmin, Bontrager and Topeak. The shop, which is located in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, also offers apparel and riding accessories, and bikes, bikes and more bikes. From folding bikes to bikes just for kids, Village Cycle Center has a number of brands and models for every cyclist in the family.
3317 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Help the skateboarder or snowboarder in your life capture every exciting moment of their next adventure with the assortment of GoPro cameras and accessories available through Windward Boardshop. Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, the retailer offers the GoPro camera, as well as chest mount harnesses, cables, a clamp mount and even a harness for a dog to wear. In addition to electronics, Windward Boardshop carries a selection of gear and clothing for all kinds of sports, including longboarding, stand up paddling, skateboarding and snowboarding. Gear is available for men, women and children.
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