A roundup of this month’s sales, store openings, and shopping news
by Rebecca Little
Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.; 773-348-0622) discounts everything in its massive space from Dec. 9th through the 23rd.
Beta Boutique (2016 W. Concord Pl.; 773-276-0905), of mega-sample-sale fame, launches a retail shop Dec. 1st. Open Thursday through Sunday only
The Golden Triangle (72 W. Hubbard St.; 312-755-1266) unveils its holiday gift collection on Dec. 1st.
Harrington College of Design (200 W. Madison St.; 888-318-4777) and Oscar Isberian Rugs auction ten student-designed wool rugs on Dec. 1st. A donation of $20 is suggested.
Jake (3740 N. Southport Ave., 773-929-5253; 939 N. Rush St., 312-664-5553) holds its end-of-season sale Dec. 26th with discounts on 3.1 Phillip Lim, Mayle, and Alexander McQueen. Discounts reach 60 percent in January.
Lee Allison Company (1820 W. Webster Ave., #401; 773-276-7172) hosts its Holiday Open House on Dec. 2nd and 3rd and Dec. 9th and 10th, showcasing ties, bow ties, and shirts.
One of a Kind Show and Sale (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Rm. 470; 312-527-4141) features the work of more than 350 artists and designers from Dec. 8th through 10th. Tickets are $10.
Samantha Chicago (64 E. Walton St., first floor; 312-951-5383) marks down brands like YaYa, Generra, Vince, and Theory by 50 percent starting Dec. 26th.
A Bountiful Find
Hidden under the el tracks in a galleryworthy space in Fulton Market, Koros may prove to be the best store you’ve never heard of.
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
WHO After years of bringing friends booty from her European trips, Kristen Skordilis abandoned a plan for opening a Pilates studio when the idea of a specialty boutique took hold.
WHAT Elegant, hard-to-find women’s clothing
WHERE 1019 W. Lake St.; 312-738-0155
Named for a Greek goddess whose cup overfloweth, Koros brims with clothing and accessories from brands like Hugo Boss Orange, Alvin Valley, Majestic Paris, and Sportmax. Just as the interior consists of the brightest basics highlighted by creative flourishes, Skordilis has likewise edited her assemblage of European and American designers. Try it all on; dressing rooms are luxuriously equipped with fluffy bathrobes for in-between changes.
A stylist through and through, Skordilis likes to mix tough elements like an Orciani belt (left, $233) with soft basics like this Rogues Gallery tee ($79).
Jeans are still key. The lean cuts and careful washes created by BYA, a local line (right, from $189), pair perfectly with a sharply tailored Strenesse jacket ($568) or Alicia Bell’s pretty pleat-sleeved blouses ($205).