John Millen, of Bristol, Wisconsin, founded John Millen Hardware in Wilmette, Illinois in the spring of 1908, just after what at the time was regarded as the world’s greatest economic depression. The store was located at 605 W. Railroad Avenue (later named West Main Street, and finally Greenbay Road).
Twelve years later, on Palm Sunday in 1920, a tornado damaged many structures including Millen Hardware. (Leading to a nearby restaurant being named Tornado Tavern).
In 1923, the store was moved to its present location at 1219 Wilmette Avenue. It now occupies 5,000 sq. ft. at that location plus an additional 5,000 sq. ft. in the contiguous Lodge Building.
Besides being a fully stocked hardware store, Millen’s offers many unique items and also services tailored to the needs of the Chicago north shore. Millen Hardware serves Wilmette and the surrounding areas of Evanston, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Glenview, Skokie, and Glencoe.
Millen Hardware specializes is unique, high-quality products you won't find in most hardware stores. Our commitment to finding the best manufacturers across many departments means that you're not only getting what you need at Millen Hardware, you're getting products we've specifically chosen to stock. Some of these great products include:
Millen Hardware has the best selection of light bulbs and other electrical essentials in Wilmette. Whether you're looking for decorative Edison bulbs or energy-efficient LEDs, Millen Hardware has it in the North Shore. With brands like Philips, Satco, Feit and Bulbrite, our quality and selection is unbeatable.
We're known around the Wilmette area for our large selection of key blanks and friendly staff who can quickly cut your keys while you shop. If you need key cutting or lock re-keying, stop by Millen Hardware today.
Torn screens? Damaged window frames? Bring them in to Millen Hardware and we'll repair them for you quickly and efficiently. Window and screen repair jobs can be tedious, so leave those to the experts at Millen Hardware.
Trying to cut with a dull blade is working harder, not smarter. At Millen Hardware, we sharpen a variety of blades to get your tools back working like they should.