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Here Are the Big Sales Happening in Chicago Shopping This Month

The shopping scene is heating up, with store openings, deals, and events in May.

Ancara’s Tiffany bar set

Photo: Courtesy of Anacara

Ancara’s Tiffany bar set

BUZZING BRIDE Explore wedding trends—including couture gowns from Anthropologie sib BHLDN—while sipping bubbly at Brides, Bubbles and Bliss, a (groom-friendly) expo at Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th St.) on May 1. Tickets ($25 to $75) at bridesbubblesandbliss.com.

TRUNK SHOW Jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald, a fave of the First Lady (who sported an armful of her bangles at the inaugural ball), makes a stop at Neapolitan Collection (715 Elm St., Winnetka) during a trunk show on May 2 and 3.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy

Photo: Evan Agostini/AP

Kate and Laura Mulleavy

FASHION BENEFIT On May 5, the HIV/AIDS housing provider Chicago House holds a brunch and fashion show benefit, featuring local designers and boutiques such as the new vintage shop Lulu’s on the Avenue, at Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St.). Purchase tickets ($200 to $300) at chicagohouse.org.

OUTDOOR MARKETS Alfresco season kicks off with the newbie Chicago Flea MKT (chicagofleamkt.com). Indie artists, vintage collectors, and culinarians showcase their wares at the free bazaar on May 5 at A. N. Pritzker School (2009 W. Schiller St.). Get furniture up to 75 percent off at the Design Center at the Merchandise Mart’s sample sale, which runs May 8 to 10.

GALA On May 3, the School of the Art Institute hosts a day of fashion shows presenting the work of student designers. Festivities culminate with The Walk 2013, an evening benefit gala where Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sister act and design world phenoms behind the edgy label Rodarte, will be honored. Visit saicfashion.org for gala tickets ($500 and up).
 

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