Campus Threads

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Campus Threads (University Avenue) is a collegiate clothing and accessories store in Lincolnshire, IL. Campus Threads serves the surrounding community including Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Long Grove, Barrington, and Highland Park. The store is located in the CityPark retail center.

Campus Threads, LLC
(University Avenue)
Industry Retail Clothing
Founded 2006, IL
Headquarters Lincolnshire, Illinois, USA
Key people
Fern McNamara, Ruthie Marion
Number of employees
18 (as at February 9, 2009)
Website Campus Thread


Campus Threads sign outside Lincolnshire, IL location.

Campus Threads, LLC was officially created on July 21, 2006.[1] The doors to the store officially opened on December 1, 2006. The first and only store is located in Lincolnshire, IL on the corner of Aptakisic and Milwaukee roads.[2] The retail store is located in CityPark strip mall.[3][4] The two owners Ruth Marion and Fern McNamara met on the high school football field of their sons’.[2]

The store has a wide range of products including hoodies, T-shirts, jerseys, hats, accessories, and other items to decorate a college dorm room. Campus Threads sells merchandise for over 70 schools and add schools as they are requested or become more popular in the area. They even have a youth section with many items specifically for children.[2]

In February 2009 Campus Threads will officially change its name to University Avenue (University Ave for short).


Ruth Marion[edit]

Ruthie Marion lives in Buffalo Grove, IL and is married to Marty Marion; they have two sons. Ruthie is also the owner of an additional business that specializes in banners. Zenon Co. is based in Buffalo Grove.;[5][6] She was looking to get into another business and when approached by Fern McNamara was intrigued. Ruthie's division of Zenon Co. makes banners for light poles.[2]

Fern McNamara[edit]

Fern lives in Buffalo Grove, IL and is married to John McNamara; they have four sons. John works in the logistics industry.[2][6] Fern came up with the idea in early 2006 while Ruthie was looking to get into other ventures.[2]


Merchandise is available for over 70 colleges and universities. The list is always expanding.

Collegiate Clothing[edit]

Apparel is one of the main aspects of the business with products including:

  • Hoodies/sweatshirts
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Hats
  • Jerseys
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Sandals
  • Multiple other items

Collegiate Accessories[edit]

Accessories and other items for the dorm room and a student heading off to college include:

  • Garbage Cans
  • Toothbrushes
  • Popcorn Bowls
  • Stadium Replicas
  • Folding Chairs
  • Bean-Bag Chairs
  • Key Chains
  • Lanyards
  • Magnets
  • Tons of other items


Any of the above items can be purchased as gifts. The staff can help you make selections based on what is popular and where a student is going to school. Gift cards are also available in any amount $5 and up. Free gift wrapping is provided upon request.

Name Change[edit]

In February 2009 Campus Threads is changing its name to University Avenue. The store will undergo a brand identity change including new store signs, store colors and painting, graphics including the logo, advertisements, bags, gift cards, and website. As of February 28 Campus Threads' web page will forward to the new website for University Avenue.


Campus Threads engages in multiple philanthropic opportunities. Organizations can host a Fundraising Night for their group where a percentage of the sales go towards the group.[2] In cooperation with Adlai E. Stevenson High School they ran a canned food drive to benefit food pantries, in return for a canned good customers received a discount on their purchase.[7]

Other Stores in the Area[edit]

CityPark is owned by ECD Company. The area offers a great selection of retail shopping, dining, entertainment, and professional venues.

CityPark retail center Lincolnshire, IL location.




External links[edit]


  1. ^ IL Secretary of State Web Portal; (keyword search: "Threads", see file #01922408)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mikus, Kim. "That old college spirit can be found at new Campus Threads." Daily Herald 13 Apr. 2007: Business1. Daily Herald article
  3. ^ Google Maps
  4. ^ CityPark, Lincolnshire, IL
  5. ^ IL Secretary of State Web Portal
  6. ^ a b Newton, Diana. "Shoe store arrives in Commons." Buffalo Grove Countryside 14 June 2007: N/A. (keyword search: "Zenon", see file #55585169)
  7. ^ "School Digest." Buffalo Grove Countryside 11 Jan. 2007: N/A.