What you need to get started:
To get started you will need a violin, bow, rosin and Suzuki Book with CD.
Violin and Bow:
Very young students do not need to get a violin at first as the violin and bow will not be used for the first few lessons, a "learning" bow will be used instead to demonstrate the correct bow hold and bow exercises. You may purchase the learning bow online (link below) or you may use a kindergarten size pencil for practice at home. Here are some links to local music shops for finding an instrument and bow to rent or purchase:
Classic Violins (Mundelein) - http://www.classicviolins.com/t-rentals.aspx 847-970-3797
A Major Music (Gurnee) - http://a-majormusic.com/rentals.html 847-623-8565
You may also search online for other sources for instruments. I would be happy to assist you with finding an instrument.
Cardboard violin and learning bow (for young beginners):
Learning Bow alone: http://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Teaching-Aids/Cherub-Box-Violin-Bow-Alone.axd#sthash.yU9L1xZB.dpbs
Book and CD:
For beginning students you will need to get the Suzuki Book 1 with CD (newer revised edition - do not use older versions). After you complete book 1 you will move on to book 2 and so forth. Here are some links to purchase the book with CD:
Classic Violins (see above) in Mundelein also has Suzuki Books and CDs in stock at their store.