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Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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A gem of a place!

The shop itself is worth a visit (even if you don't care to buy anything), but the additional truly... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2018
It Rocks!

If you are even vaguely interested in rocks for any purpose (jewelry making, collecting, admiring... read more

Reviewed April 3, 2018
Chicago, Illinois
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“rocks”(15 reviews)
Since 1970, Dave's has been providing "Art Created by Mother Nature", to both novice and professional collectors of unique fossils, mineral specimens, Native American Artistry and semi-precious stones, set in fine sterling silver. At Dave's, you'll...more
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711 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202-1701
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

The shop itself is worth a visit (even if you don't care to buy anything), but the additional truly special part of this place is the free-admission museum downstairs. It's easy to miss, I'd been going to this store for years before realizing it was...More

1  Thank Turtleliving
Reviewed April 3, 2018

If you are even vaguely interested in rocks for any purpose (jewelry making, collecting, admiring) this is the place. It has moved a number of times but in the same area. They have rocks for kids, a fossil museum supplied by Dave from his diggings,...More

1  Thank lan37
Reviewed June 26, 2017

This is a wonderful place to explore the world of precious, semi-precious, and just plain mineral stones. You can look at your leisure and buy if you like. But when you're finished with that, go downstairs for a wonderful look at prehistory. The free museum...More

1  Thank John M
Reviewed January 4, 2017

Free fossil museum in the basement with interesting facts about the geological eras. My brother has a master in geology and like the museum/store. The shop on the main floor has lots of different gem stones, rocks and fossils you can buy. You need to...More

2  Thank Eileen B
Reviewed August 8, 2016

I remember Dave's from years ago as a place of wonder. I went there to get a rock id'd and to buy some interesting gifts for my grandson who is 8. Everyone was so helpful! I ended up with fascinating specimens from all over the...More

4  Thank Travelingmaven
Reviewed July 29, 2016

I have bought a lot from this unusual rock/jewelry shop. Don't miss the cool dinosaur museum in the basement! Everyone I have taken here has told me how great it was!

3  Thank jeannem80
Reviewed April 29, 2016

This is a cool store filed with unique items. Great for a family outing. They have a fossle museum in the basement. Great also if you want to buy crystals or stones. One block away from the purple line.

3  Thank Travel0ver999
Reviewed April 25, 2016

A visit definitely worth while visiting. All kinds of rocks and jewelry. A museum in the basement of the shop is a must to see. Friendly employees and great location.

5  Thank capizfamily
Reviewed February 3, 2016

I doubt there are too many communities around that, like Evanston, could support such a niche business as Dave's Rock Shop, but they have been there for decades. Lots of interesting stuff to look at, a friendly and knowledgeable staff...what's not to like? Dave's rocks!...More

4  Thank ItsTerry
Reviewed January 23, 2016

Went in looking for specific rocks. They only had tiny pebbles of what I was looking for, disappointing. Prices are noticeably higher than other rock shops in the U.S. I've been all over, California, Arizona, Greece, Australia, etc. There is a mini museum in the...More

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