See What’s Cooking on Cook Avenue

By Jennifer Johnson

Cook Avenue is looking different these days. Have you seen it lately? It’s bustling with activity. Walk down Cook Avenue and you’ll find wafting smells of delicious, homemade Italian food and the lure of trendy, French-inspired home décor, architectural design and contractor services, and a locally-based, professional cosmetics company.

Photo credit Jill Harkaway

With a presence on Milwaukee Avenue for more than 20 years, Café Pomigliano re-opened and relocated to Cook Avenue in late 2015. You’ll love the fabulous wine bottle chandeliers and warm, rustic ambiance here, but the wonderful classic and contemporary Italian fare will keep you coming back. Put Café Pomigliano your list now for lunch, weekday happy hour, dinner or Sunday brunch. It’s also a great place to host a special event.

Get on the path to looking (and feeling) great on Cook Avenue. Take advantage of the exquisite salon services of Salon Kallisto in a beautiful and relaxing environment. Enjoy a full complement of salon services here plus an esthetician, certified creative nail designer and concierge medical spa services.


Photo credit Jill Harkaway

Don’t let the quaint cottage storefront of Amazing Cosmetics fool you – women, actresses and professionals nationwide clamor for this makeup line founded by two Libertyville moms with a passion for excellence. Stop in The Studio to a see the selection firsthand and try out these industry-rated products. The Studio is even available for hosting special events.

If your home needs a little “lift” for the holidays – big or small – you’ll find plenty of inspiration on Cook Avenue. For a big project, consider RC Contractors Architectural Design and Custom Building. From kitchen, bathrooms, basements, additions and custom home, this is your go-to business for home projects of many sizes.

Photo credit Jill Harkaway

For a quick homestead pick-me-up, don’t miss Maison Chic Shop for French-inspired, vintage home décor. Find exquisite vintage, one-of-a-kind items, custom tea towels and blankets, and rustic furniture and accessories. And the owner even offers home styling services. Voila!

Photo credit Pam Hume

If personalization is your go-to gift, try Customized Garb on for size. This shop features custom screen printing and embroidery. From large, corporate orders to highly-creative, individualized projects, no order is too big or too small. And you’ll find plenty of community spirit wear here, so you can wear your L’ville pride on your sleeve or your entire shirt.

Photo credit Pam Hume

And don’t let the kids alone take center stage with activities: schedule an hour to yourself at Black Cat Yoga, offering several types of classes plus workshops for girls, sport-specific yoga classes, and special events. There is a class for every level and ability here.

Last, but not least, make a visit to the MainStreet Libertyville office on Cook Avenue to stock up on MainStreet Libertyville gift certificates for the holidays or find the latest MainStreet Libertyville brochure with information about all the wonderful shops and service available in downtown Libertyville. And while you’re there, tell them Jennifer sent you!


Jennifer Johnson is a Libertyville resident who also writes for Little Lake County.