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Wilmette-onomics…it pays to shop locally.

There are a million reasons why people love Wilmette. The people, the schools, the downtown, the beach. If you live here, you love it and you know it’s special. By supporting Wilmette businesses you help to support those things you love about Wilmette. The dollars you spend locally are invested back into the community.

When you choose to shop at your favorite local businesses, 2% of each retail purchase made in Wilmette comes directly back to the Village. In 2021 $5.1 million were reinvested back into Wilmette. Every dollar you spend locally adds up to a better Wilmette. Remember, it pays to shop locally.


3 days ago

Wilmette Biz
Looking to get the kids out of the house for some family-friendly fun? Game of Gnomes is on! Download your game card at wilmetteonomics.com/holiday or pick one up at The Wild Child Toys and get started. 33 businesses around downtown Wilmette and Plaza del Lago have hidden Gnome stickers in their windows for you to find. Just fill out 12 and drop your card at the the wild child in Wilmette to enter to win weekly shop Wilmette gift cards. There are enough participating businesses to do it more than once! #wilmettebiz #wilmetteonomics #wkchamber #supportwilmette #wilmetteholiday #shopwilmette #gameofgnomeswilmette ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

Wilmette Biz
Come out for a day of family-friendly holiday fun on Dec 3, 10am – 6pm... Wilmette Village Center and Plaza del Lago. You'll enjoy local shopping & dining, visits with Santa, a giant snow globe, a scavenger hunt, performances, a showing of Elf at The The Wilmette Theatre, & the annual tree lighting. Wilmette Chamber of Commerce Village of Wilmette loom.ly/RoIIDiQ ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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1 week ago

Wilmette Biz
Wilmette Holiday Open House!.. Thursday, November 17th from 5-8... Grab your friends and head out on the town as we kick off the holidays with this popular annual Sip and Shop event. Pop into your favorite shops and local businesses Downtown Wilmette and at Plaza del Lago to see the debut of holiday gifts and fall/winter merchandise. Enjoy refreshments and special promotions from 5-8 and make a night of it by dining at one of our many Wilmette restaurants that are having specials. #wilmetteonomics #wilmetteholidayopenhouse #wilmetteholidays2022 #shopwilmette #dinewilmette #wilmettesipandshop ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Wilmette Biz
Please join American Legion Wilmette Post 46 and the Wilmette Police and Fire Depts in honoring our veterans on Fri, Nov 11 at 11am at Veterans Park, 1111 Central Ave.Village Hall will be closed for Veterans Day on Fri, Nov 11. There will be no change in refuse collection. ... See MoreSee Less
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Upcoming Events

Game of Gnomes @ Downtown and Plaza del Lago
Nov 22 – Dec 24 all-day

Set out on a holiday adventure in Downtown Wilmette and Plaza del Lago!  Search the storefronts for 12 Gnomes hiding amongst the holiday window decor.  Write in the names on the game card as you find each one!

When you find all 12, drop off your game card at the Game of Gnomes drop box at the Wild Child Toy Shop 1114 Central Avenue.  You will be entered to win a Shop Wilmette Gift Card.  A new name it picked each week in December.

Post pics of your Game of Gnomes adventure on social media. Make sure to #tag us AND the local businesses – we might just share your post and give you a chance to win extra prizes!  #GameofGnomesWilmette #Wilmetteonomics

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Holiday Happenings @ Downtown Wilmette
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

10 am – 6 pm  Promos and refreshments at participating shops and restaurants

10 am – 4 pm  Giant Snow Globe – Village Green

10 am – 12 pm  Pictures with Santa – Wilmette Theatre

12 pm – 2 pm  Pictures with Santa – Strolling Downtown Wilmette

12:30 – 2:30 pm  Family holiday Movie “Elf” showing at Wilmette Theatre

1 pm – 2 pm  New Trier Swing Choir Carolers – Plaza del Lago

4 pm – 5 pm  New Trier Swing Choir Carolers – Village Green

4 pm  Free Hot Chocolate and Candy Canes – Village Green

5 pm  Tree Lighting – Village Hall