North Shore Knockout - Sales Check

Chicago favorite Jake moved to the burbs earlier this year, and the venerable North Shore boutique Neapolitan doubled in size and added a shoe salon. Could Winnetka be giving Oak Street a run for its money? PLUS: Sales Check

Kelly Golden and Missy Hebson from Neapolitan in ChicagoWHO Kelly Golden and Missy Hebson first opened Neapolitan in 2003, taking a risk by setting up shop on the North Shore. “Now there are city stores moving down the street from us because they see the potential in this market,” Hebson says.

WHAT The duo expanded their handbag selection and added a new shoe shop that stocks $23 flip-flops, evening shoes by Chloé and Valentino, and everything in between.

WHERE 715 Elm St., Winnetka; 847-441-7784

dresses at Neapolitan in ChicagoDespite an expansion, the owners retain their commitment to sophisticated and exclusive lines from around the world. Labels range from edgy Zac Posen to the legendary Missoni, Carolina Herrera, and Bottega Veneta. “We travel from Milan to Paris to New York to pick from the best of the best fashion houses,” Golden says.

The shop’s expanded bag selection includes styles from Valentino, Michael Kors, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, and Anya Hindmark. Need something for evening? An array of evening bags pair nicely with the stunning party dresses from Ryan Reyes, Derek Lam, and Oscar de la Renta (pictured, $3,990).

Sales Check

A roundup of this month’s sales, store openings, and shopping news
Annie O Enterprises (2140 W. Fulton St., 2nd floor; 312-421-8676) holds one of its enormous sample sales on May 16th, with 20 percent off wholesale prices of men’s and women’s clothing and shoes.

Billion Dollar Babes returns to Chicago with a two-day sample sale at Skylight Studios (1956 W. Grand Ave.). Past designers have included Oliver Peoples, Sass & Bide, Ella Moss, and Diane von Furstenberg. The sale on May 11th is VIP entry only (most “VIP” shoppers are annual members, who pay $100 to $200 a year to enter sales first); the May 12th sale runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up at billiondollarbabes.com.

Chicago Antique Market (West Randolph Street between Ada Street and Ogden Avenue; 312-951-9939) kicks off with a two-day event on May 26th and 27th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The European-style market hosts more than 200 antique dealers of furniture, clothing, rugs, and more, plus an Indie Designer Fashion Market that features local designers such as Dolan Geiman, Mohop shoes, and Evil Kitty. After May, look for the market on the last Saturday of every month through October. Admission is $8 for 9 a.m. entry; shoppers who pay $20 can start browsing as early as 7:30 a.m.

Pump (1659 W. Division St.; 773-384-6750) celebrates its third anniversary on May 5th with shoe giveaways, raffles, and discounts.

The School of the Art Institute mounts its 2007 runway show of student-designed garments on May 4th and 5th at Macy’s (111 N. State St.). For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 312-559-1212.

Stuart Weitzman (900 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-943-5760) offers a peek at the fall/winter collection during a trunk show on May 15th through 18th. Styles are available to order in every size and width, a particularly helpful service for those with hard-to-find shoe sizes.

Tabula Tua (1017 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-525-3500) hosts its typically thronged annual warehouse sale on May 5th and 6th. Look for 40 to 70 percent off furniture and overstock and new dinnerware and home accessories.

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