New and Newsworthy Notes From The Shop


Thank you Lake Forest Love for the beautiful piece on Ellen. We would agree, “Grace, elegance, friendliness — all come to mind when remembering Ellen Stirling.” Read the feature HERE.

The January issue of Forest & Bluff features a wonderful article about the legacy of Ellen. She really was a legend and she will be missed for years to come. You can view the article HERE.

NOVEMBER 10, 2022

It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of our beloved friend and fashion icon, Ellen Stirling. Ellen died peacefully Thursday evening after a long illness. A public memorial will be planned for the spring. The Shop remains open. We invite you to stop in to pay respects, share your stories with us and celebrate Ellen’s legacy.


From one icon to another, Ellen was featured in Oprah’s magazine. Learn how she literally helped shape Chicago HERE.


The Shop was lucky enough to be featured in ‘Stories From The 78’. Thank you for the support, Tom Barnas. Listen to the piece HERE.

The Centennial Celebration and The Shop are featured in the Lake County News Sun. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us. Here’s to 100 more years! Read the article HERE.

As we are about to celebrate 100 years of fashion, Better featured The Shop in their Fall Issue. Read all about it HERE.


The press continues for the centennial celebration. Ellen was a special guest on The Lake Forest Podcast. Listen to her interview HERE.

Lake Forest Podcast


Thank you Modern Luxury for the fabulous feature in the ‘Women of Style’ issue. We are honored to be included alongside such great company. See the article HERE.

Modern Luxury

Thank you to Forest & Bluff for the fabulous coverage of our Mother’s Day celebration. It was such a fun day and we were lucky to spend it with such a great group of people.

The Lake Forest Shop has been voted Best in Chicago for Evening Wear (Suburbs). We love helping everyone get ready for their special events and look forward to many more years of celebrations.

JUNE 2022

The Shop was featured in Modern Luxury Weddings June Issue. We love helping a Bride, her Bridesmaids, and the Mother of the Bride find perfect gowns for the special day. Browse the entire issue HERE.

Did you see our cover girl? Thank you JWC, The North Shore Weekend and The Daily North Shore for the wonderful story on Ellen, The Shop, and our 100th Anniversary! See the feature HERE.

MAY 2022

Ellen and The Shop were highlighted in a wonderful piece from NTD. Thank you for recognizing our rich and fashionable history! See it HERE.


MARCH 2022

The Shop and its 100 Year Anniversary has been featured by another Chicago icon, The Chicago Tribune. Read the article HERE.



Our very own Jen Bobay, founder of Jar Bar, has a wonderful feature in Forest and Bluff. Congratulations Jen and thank you for your kind words. You can read the article HERE.

Jen Bobay


Shop Your Cause was a great success thanks to all of your support. This year we featured these local charities:

The Boys & Girls Club of Lake County
Elawa Farm Foundation
Gorton Community Center
Lake Forest Preservation Foundation
Citadel Theatre
Lake Forest Open Lands
Stirling Hall
Mothers Trust Foundation



The Shop has once again been named the BEST of 2021 for Evening Gowns by Better Magazine. This is such an honor and we cannot wait to welcome everyone into The Shop for years to come.



We had the honor of hosting a lunch for Jay Krehbiel, CEO and Co-Chairman of Hindman’s Auctions. He spoke about his tenure at the Auction House, plus presented some beautiful pieces from an upcoming Important Jewelry Auction. It was a pleasure to have him at The Shop.

Jay Visit


One of our stylists, Daphne, got married! The entire Shop family had a wonderful time helping her celebrate!