Forget breakfast at Tiffany’s. These days it’s all about lounging in the art deco salon at the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique. The legendary jewelry company, founded in France more than a century ago, doubled the size of its space when it moved from Michigan Avenue to Oak Street, filling 3,800 square feet with elegant baubles. Along with the designs that made the brand a must-have among ladies who lunch (the whimsical bejeweled animal brooches, the iconic clover of its Alhambra line), the new shop includes a library where you can browse books about the maison, as well as archival materials like initial sketches. You’ll also find the largest collection of one-of-a-kind Van Cleef jewels and timepieces ever assembled in Chicago — so there’s even less of a chance you’ll run into someone wearing the same million-dollar adornment (#RichPeopleProblems). 65 E. Oak St.
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