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Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop

711 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202-1701
+1 847-866-7374
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It Rocks!

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
lan37
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Chicago, Illinois
Fantastic rock shop and museum

This is a wonderful place to explore the world of precious, semi-precious, and just plain mineral... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2017
John M
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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One of the largest private collection of fossils on display in the United States
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
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“fossil museum” (5 reviews)
“free museum” (2 reviews)
“rocks” (15 reviews)
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711 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202-1701
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+1 847-866-7374
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank lan37
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Reviewed June 27, 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

Thank John M
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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
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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
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Reviewed July 30, 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
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Reviewed April 30, 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
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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
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Reviewed February 4, 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
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Reviewed January 24, 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

Thank Mahaluna
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Reviewed December 17, 2015

Geologists, paleontoligists...with an eye towards buying ready made gifts from the material of their research and wonderings...come one,come all! Examples are here to find/study/buy. All parents wishing to whet the appetite of any kid...after they ogle the treasures on the first floor, take them to...More

4  Thank Marita K
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