From the golden days of Route 66 to now, the city of Joliet has long been a destination for shoppers from throughout the state and beyond. In the heart of downtown Joliet, where you would once find general stores and lumber yards, you’ll now experience a growing selection of on-trend boutiques, sprawling indoor shopping centers and award-winning artisan makers – all just a few miles from The Mother Road.
76 N. Chicago St., Joliet
Head to downtown Joliet’s own ItisAmazing, a boutique apparel and furnishings store with an added personal touch. Employees at ItisAmazing act as knowledgeable personal shoppers, ensuring each customer has an enjoyable and individualized experience. In the store, you’ll find something for everyone on your shopping list, while browsing the shop’s expansive selection of curated women’s and men’s apparel. The shop never orders more than one of each item, ensuring that each experience in the store is entirely unique and tailor-made.
17 E. Van Buren St., Joliet
Located in downtown Joliet, near the Rialto Theatre, you’ll find an independent record store built on a family’s passion for music. At Audiophil’s, you’ll be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable clerks who can help you find the vinyl you’ve been hunting for, or even help you discover a few new favorite records. Flip through boxes of diligently organized LPs, 45s and cassettes, and sample your purchases at the in-shop stereo before settling on your choices. If you’re thinking of selling your collection, Audiophil’s is always looking for new stock for the store.
114 E. Jefferson St., Apartment A, Joliet
Looking for that perfect vintage T-shirt to add to your wardrobe? The Juncture is keeping thousands of pieces of on-trend vintage apparel out of landfills, and giving them a second life in the new downtown Joliet storefront, located directly across from the Joliet Slammers stadium. Inside The Juncture, you’ll find unisex racks lined with shirts and sweaters from the ‘80s and ‘90s, ranging from lightly worn to new old stock. Founded by twin brothers Adam and Zach McDowell, along with childhood friend James Cosentino, the store is rooted in the trio’s shared love of fashion and recycling, creating a destination along the I&M Canal for fans of vintage apparel and design.
124 N. Ottawa St., Joliet
Dragon’s Den, a popular Willow Springs boutique store specializing in collectibles and pop-culture items, has opened up a brand new location right in the heart of downtown Joliet. This buy/sell/trade gaming and collectibles shop offers a sprawling selection of modern toy and collectible brands like Funko, Mezco, Neca, and Mcfarlane, alongside a curated range of vintage action figures and display pieces. You’ll also find boosters and boxes for popular trading card games like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Magic: The Gathering, along with rare vintage single cards. If you’re looking for a pop-culture destination along the I&M Canal, Joliet’s Dragon’s Den is a must-stop location.
103 N. Ottawa St., Suite C, Joliet
Downtown Joliet’s The Niche is home to fashion-forward streetwear, featuring clothes from some of the biggest brand names and designers in the industry. Located less than a block away from Harrah’s Casino and some of the best restaurants in the city, this Black-owned family business has been carving out a niche of their own with a curated selection of modern styles for women and men, along with accessories and original art pieces. From coats and sweatshirts to T-shirts and jeans, you’ll find a large selection of standout pieces at this new storefront.
173 N. Chicago St., Joliet
Joliet Kreamers, the city’s first-ever sneaker boutique, specializes in the art, hobby and fashion of collecting “kicks.” From humble beginnings as a Facebook group for Joliet locals to buy, sell and trade shoes, Joliet Kreamers has grown into a full, brick-and-mortar retail location selling shoes ranging from kids to large adult sizes. In addition to their selection of trendy and hard-to-find sneakers, Kreamers also offers a line of sweaters, windbreakers and other apparel featuring original designs.