Chicago Area Bead Stores

I have compiled a directory of Bead Stores in the Chicago Area  hat includes the city, suburbs and northwest Indiana.  I wish to help support these local bead stores as many bead lovers agree its more fun to buy beads they can see rather than order online viewing just pictures – color and finish are so important to beaded creations!   My goal is to eventually visit each bead store and write a short review so local bead lovers will have a quick reference of where to find the supplies they are looking for!

A BELLA BEAD STUDIO
485 Main St
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
630-793-9700
http://www.facebook.com/abellabead

A BEADTIFUL THING

CLOSED
1649 Montgomery Rd # 9
Aurora, IL 60504
630-236-5913
http://www.abeadtifulthing.com

AVP JEWELRY & BEADS #1
3960 N Elston Avenue
Chicago, IL
773-971-0002
http://www.avpjewelry.com

AVP JEWELRY & BEADS #2
1127 W Granville Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
773-964-4789

AVP Jewelry has 2  locations on Chicago’s North West & East sides in the neighborhoods of Irving Park and Rogers Park.  The stores carry a selection of seed beads, czech glass strands, gemstones, tools. They also offer classes and jewelry repair. Their goal is to “keep our shops feeling like a paradise of jewelry and beads for all of our amazing customers.” I visited their Irving Park location the store is organized and clean and the staff  were very friendly and helpful!

AYLA’S ORIGINALS
1511 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
847-328-4040
http://www.aylasoriginals.com

Ayla’s Originals is located in the Northeast suburb of Chicago of Evanston which is also the home of Northwestern University. I have yet to visit the store but visited their booth at the Bead & Button Show.  Ayla’s had a nice selection of pearls and seed beads.  I am anxious to make my trip up their soon.

BLUE BUDDHA BOUTIQUE

CLOSED – ONLINE ONLY
1127 W Granville Avenue
Chicago, IL
866-602-7464
http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com

Sad news for the beginning of the year. Blue Buddha Boutique has announced it is closing its doors.  Go to their website for sale announcements to help ease the pain of closing. Not sure about AVP Jewelry #2 which shares this location with Blue Buddha Boutique.

BEAD IN HAND
145 Harrison St
Oak Park, IL 60304
708-848-1761
http://www.beadinhand.com

BEADNIKS
1937 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
773-276-2323
http://www.beadnikschicago.com

Beadniks is located on the west side of Chicago in the trendy neighborhood of Wicker Park.  Beadniks’ focus is on stringing and carries expensive gemstones, pearls, crystal strands, metallic beads, and unique fun items. It has a definite Asian & African theme and decor.   They have a very limited section for beadweavers and their small seed bead offering is not labeled.

BEAD WORLD
8 S Brockway St
Palatine, IL 60067
(847) 776-2323
www.beadworldbeads.com

Bead World is located near downtown Palatine which  is a Northwest Suburb of Chicago about an hour away from downtown.  The store is packed full of dust covered semi precious stones, Swarovski Crystal, freshwater pearls, wood, bone, and other natural material beads, Czech glass beads , Vintage German Beads,  and fiber optic beads. Other services  offered include  body piercing, jewelry repair, and watch repair.  The store is cluttered so go in with a good idea of what you are looking for or be prepared to be overwhelmed.  I caution against using your cell phone while in the store or be prepared for a discussion about it.

BEADS GALORE & MORE
7220 W Benton Dr
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-7161
http://www.beadsgaloreandmore.net

BELLA VENETIAN BEADS
Naperville, IL 60540
630-305-8232
http://www.bellavenetianbeads.com

This store has unfortunately closed/moved and only offers online sales now.

BLISS BEADS STUDIO
134.5 E Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-517-0164
http://www.blissbeadstudio.com

BODACIOUS BEADS
1942 S River Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-699-7959
http://www.bodaciousbeadschicago.com

Bodacious Beads lives up to its name in that it has a fantastic selection of all kinds of beads  The small  is located near O’hare Airport off of I-90 in a strip mall with tight parking, but it makes great use of the space it has but is very organized and not cluttered.  The store  is packed with seed beads, Swarovski crystals, czech glass, findings, strands of gemstones, pearls, daggers, African trade beads etc.  The staff was very helpful and friendly and most importantly shares a love of beads. I can’t wait to go back!

CHICAGO BEAD
491 Roosevelt Rd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
630-858-2626
http://www.facebook.com/chicagobead

CITY BEADS
3928 North Rockwell Street
Chicago Illinois 60619
312-316-1910
http://www.citybeadschicago.com

I have yet to visit City Beads but I have been told they have an open beading on Tuesday’s Afternoons and plan to go soon.  Make sure to call ahead as their hours vary.

CHELSEA’S BEADS
1799 St Johns Ave
Highland Park, IL 60035
847-433-3451
http://www.chelseasbeads.com

CIRCLE OF STONES
700 W Burlington Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
708-352-5662
http://www.circleofstones.info

ELKA DESIGN
1098 S Milwaukee Ave
Wheeling, IL 60090
847-387-2973
http://www.elka-designs.com

Found out about this under-advertised store when I saw Elka Design at the Ayla’s Wonderful World of Beads Show.  At the show she had tables and tables of irresistible gemstones, crystals, findings, leather etc.  I look forward to visiting the show room soon.

FACETS OF ISIS
225 West Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067
847-705-6614
http://www.facetsofisis.com

Facets of Isis is located in a cozy cottage style store front in the Northwest Suburb of Palatine.  As you walk in you feel like you are walking into you neighbors living room to enjoy some coffee and chat.  The store is FULL of everything a beadweaver dreams of: Swarovski crystals; Delica beads; Seed beads including Miyuki; Firepolished glass; Czech glass; Venetian glass foil beads; Natural stone and semi-precious beads; Lampwork glass,  Sterling silver, Gold filled, and Base metal beads and findings; and Fresh water pearls.  Everything is in pristine condition – organized, neat, and clean.   They also offer fabulous classes.

IDEA STUDIO
515 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
708-352-1789
http://www.ideastudioknits.com

IMAGINE BEADS
103 E Morthland Dr #1
Valparaiso, IN 46383
219-299-2270
http://www.imaginebeading.com

Sadly the owner has announced that this lovely store will be closing soon. SO hurry in for sales and classes in the next couple of months before its closed for good. Imagine Beads is located in Northwest Indiana a good hour trip from the city.  However the store is very friendly and offers a great selection of beadweaving supplies.

JBC BEADS
1035 Havens Ct
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-963-0460
http://www.jbcbeads.com

JBC Beads is located in the basement of an old office building just behind the busy corner of Main Street & Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove.  JBC Beads focus is on wholesale but the store is open to the public.  They offer 50% off of a $200 order or more that extends 60 days.  The store is very well lit to let all the Swarovski crystals, pearls, and gemstones sparkle and shine.  They also have a very good selection of findings.  The store offers classes as well.

NORTH SHORE BEADS & TOOLS
123 N Waukegan Rd
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
847-234-0085
http://www.nsbeadstools.com

STRING-A-STRAND
4632 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
773-275-1233
http://www.string-a-strand.com

STRING A STRAND ON WELLS
1361 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312-335-1930
http://www.stringastrand.com

String A Strand is located in Chicago’s historic Old Town Neighborhood.  Its focus is semi-precious gems, 14 karat gold filled and sterling silver findings, chains, natural coral, vintage beads, crystal for stringing jewelry.  They offer jewelry making classes and parties.

SILK ROAD TREASURES
28566 N Ballard Dr # C
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847-918-1066
http://www.silkroadtreasures.com

STUDIO BEADS
816 Waukegan Rd
Deerfield, IL 60015
847-607-8702
http://www.studiobeads.com

TO BEAD OR KNOT 2 BEAD
141 Center St
Grayslake, IL 60030
847-548-7556
http://www.tobead.biz

THE ARTISAN’S WORKSHOP
112 W Main St
Griffith, IN 46319
219-743-2353
http://www.wadestoneandglassworks.com

Closed.

ACCENTS BY FRED
7519 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
708-366-9850
http://www.accentsbyfred.biz

*Please let me know in the comments if I am missing any stores, any stores are closed, or if I have listed any at home businesses not open to the public. Thank you.

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7 thoughts on “Chicago Area Bead Stores

  1. The Artisans Workshop has been closed for over a year or two. She still offers a monthly Bead Club for those who want to attend. I try to go every month.

  2. Jbc in downers is both whole sale and retail now. Get an Fein number from the state and everything except sale items will be half the listed price. I am the teacher at Jbc. We also do ladies night’s out, girl scout jewelry badges, and rosary class or night out. Thanks

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