Everyone knows that for style in Illinois, Chicago is the place for shopping. But for antiques and historical museum shops, the state capital offers an array of boutiques. The many museums feature giftshops. The National Park Site of Lincoln's home has an extensive bookshop offering all sorts of Lincoln educational tools. More than a bookstore it also sells theme gifts, such as Lincoln ties and even games. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum also has a great shop that will fulfill your needs for Lincoln memorabilia.

Eastnor Gallery of  Antiques is a charming boutique full of treasures as is Abe's Tradin' Post and Mall, which despite its name offers more than just Lincoln-inspired gifts. This mall sells everything from antiques to fishing supplies. Many fine art galleries are in the downtown area such as Gallery 33 and Winchesters Gallerie.

For more traditional shopping be sure to visit the Simon White Oaks Mall, the largest enclosed retail shopping facility in Central Illinois. Finally once all this shopping has worked up your appetite and you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, a stop to one of Pease's Candy Shop's many locations will more than meet your craving with its mouth-watering options of fine chocolates and candies.

If you are a book lover heres a cheap treat. For the book addicted it's not a cheap hobby. But here's a great store that helps you load up on the cheap.  Elf Shelf  Books & Music on Adams Street just east of the Old State Capitol complex is the place. It's neat, clean & has the highest quality books, music and movies. Most are used, not that you can tell.. they clean them all! No used book sticky! Bypass the other used stores & be prepared to find some gems here. Recently I went on a Nora Roberts spree & came away with a $30 bill for 10 in near perfect condition & a few were just out... try that at another used store or major chain. I also found a few Harry Potter books for gifts. The owner is a bit shy, but he's more than willing to help you find what you want. Note, that he's a bit picky on buying books & other stock. He's only buying the best condition, so don't get mad if he's not interested in your old dog eared Stephen Kings or classic rock cd's that have seen better days.