Shopping at Glen Ellyn near our Wheaton apartments.

Discover Downtown Glen Ellyn Near Our Apartments in Wheaton

Just a brief drive and a quick 15-minute trip on the Metra from our apartments in Wheaton lies the delightful haven of downtown Glen Ellyn. Whether you’re in the mood for a vibrant night out or seeking a weekend spree of shopping and self-care – downtown Glen Ellyn stands out with its offerings. Embracing the motto, “A downtown to treasure,” it truly lives up to its words with an array of events, boutiques, eateries, and pampering spots – promising to be your next go-to destination when residing at Wheaton 121.

Having just moved in? Why not treat yourself to a splendid day out in downtown Glen Ellyn, whether solo or with someone special? Here’s a glimpse into some top picks for shopping, dining, and unwinding.

Upgrade your closet and make a difference at these select shops

Nestled just off Duane Street, Fuschia, a women’s fashion boutique, offers a slice of Chicago chic in Glen Ellyn. The boutique prides itself on a dynamic array of daily arrivals ranging from contemporary staples, timeless pieces, to unique accessories tailor-made for every outfit. Not to mention, their online shopping feature.

A stone’s throw from the Metra stop is M & Em’s Lifestyle Boutique. Celebrating 19 years, this family-operated ’boutique within a boutique’ specializes in women’s clothing, accessories, gifts, home decorations, and seasonal items. Whether it’s that standout outfit for an evening out, a thoughtful gift, or just a self-treat, M & Em’s has you covered.

Founded by sisters Natalie and Allison, Blonde Boutique brings to you the forefront of fashion with its stylish selections and timeless pieces, suited for women across all ages. Whether it’s refreshing your wardrobe or finding a meaningful gift, Blonde Boutique offers a curated shopping experience.

More than just a store, Re:New stands as a haven of hope for refugee women, providing English and sewing classes before offering them employment. The artisans craft beautiful items like bags, wallets, and baby blankets for sale, supporting their livelihoods through each purchase.

Jayne, another noteworthy store focused on philanthropy, offers known brands in clothing, accessories, and footwear. Located on Main Street, Jayne’s commitment to community involvement is commendable, learn more about their initiatives here.

Delight your palate with an array of exquisite eateries

Just a Metra journey away, downtown Glen Ellyn introduces you to over 31 restaurants and cafes, with Italian cuisine taking center stage. For a taste of authentic Italian reminiscent of grandma’s recipes, reservations at Made In Italy Trattoria are a must. Their menu, featuring dishes like Pappardelle Bolognese and Chicken Parmigiana, offers an authentic Italian experience.

Winner of the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award in 2019, Fire + Wine specializes in wood-fired pizzas, shareable plates, succulent entrees, pasta, and boasts an extensive, impressive wine list. Begin your meal with Ricotta and Honeycomb and proceed to a heartier course such as Red Wine Braised Short Ribs or the Meatball Pie – available every day but Monday.

In a more laid-back setting, Barone’s, a homely, family-run pizzeria since 1971, impresses not only with its award-winning pizzas but also with sandwiches, pasta, and Italian classics like Chicken Marsala and Veal Parmesan. Their homemade, hand-filled cannoli make for a perfect meal ender.

For those craving Mexican food accompanied by award-winning margaritas, Santa Fe Mexican Restaurant is the place to be. Brace yourself for an authentic Mexican feast with enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and more in a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere.

Alternatively, for a modern twist on Mexican cuisine, A Toda Madre presents a creative menu of botanas, salads, queso fundidos, and tacos crafted with fresh, innovative ingredients.

When it’s a burger and beer kind of day, Main Street Pub answers the call with its dynamic menu of classic pub dishes, sandwiches, nachos, and notably juicy burgers. Accompany your meal with a choice from nearly two dozen beers on tap.

For an elevated American dining experience, Maize + Mash delivers with its Southern-inspired gourmet menu. Share a Smoked Pork Poutine or Brie Curds before diving into a Short Rib Grilled Cheese or the signature Maize + Mash Burger. Don’t miss out on their diverse whiskey and cocktail selection.

Indulge in self-care at these leading salons

Boasting over 50 years in the beauty industry, Joe Tristino of Linea Hair Salon & Day Spa invites you to unwind with a variety of services including haircuts, colors, whirlpool pedicures, and rejuvenating facials.

For a comprehensive beauty care experience, Frank Gironda Salon & Spa offers everything from hair to nails, skin treatments, and massage therapies, including hot stone massage to relieve any tension.

Specializing in hair care, Fusion Salon, right in the hustle and bustle of downtown Glen Ellyn, is a full-service salon catering to men, women, and children. Each stylist, an independent contractor, brings a unique flair, ensuring a tailored service to each client. Check their website for the perfect stylist match.

A stone’s throw away from our apartments in Wheaton

Embrace some much-deserved ‘me’ time in downtown Glen Ellyn. When you call Wheaton 121 home, you’re steps away from a world of culinary delights, chic boutiques, and relaxing spas. Explore our Wheaton apartments and discover more today.

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