About Us

 Anne and Kate as kids at Kiddieland. Remember Kiddieland??

Anne and Kate as kids at Kiddieland. Remember Kiddieland??

Who We Are

Lively is owned by Anne and Kate, two sisters who share a passion for fitness challenges (Anne is into competitive powerlifting; Kate, marathons) and for supporting the Oak Park community they grew up in and love. 

Lively began as an idea to bring an inclusive athletic store to Oak Park, one where every woman would feel comfortable shopping, wherever she was on her journey, be that recently graduated, recently postpartum, or recently retired.

Since opening our doors in 2014, Lively has expanded to include kids' shoes, with a fit process tailored to little feet, from tots to preteens. Along with sneakers, we carry sandals, boots, and cute little first walkers.

Giving back is another essential part of our existence, and you can learn more about our commitment to our community on the "Why Shop Local?" page.

WHat We Offer

At Lively, we believe in an evidence-based fit process for your athletic shoes. We want you to run, walk, and work out injury-free, all season and for the rest of your life. No gimmicks, no junk science, just excellent customer service from an educated staff.

We also strive to carry apparel in every size available and, no matter what, we promise to treat you with respect and listen to your needs. If there is something you want that we are not currently providing, let us know! Our in-store tennis boutique came about sheerly due to customer demand. Ditto our kids' shop.

Along with shoes, activewear, and accessories for running, walking, tennis, yoga, barre, HIIT classes, and lifting, we offer clothes and items for everyday life, such as comfy denim, cozy flannels, cute sundresses, handmade bags, and a gorgeous assortment of artist-made jewelry.