The popularity of mid-century modernism seems on par with that of pizza and beachfront real estate. Everybody likes it, and demand drives up prices. But Angela Finney-Hoffman and Barkley Hoffman, the husband-and-wife owners of the West Town shop Post27 (1819 W. Grand Ave.; 312-829-6122), have infused affordability into the mix. The cavernous loft space is a beautiful backdrop for the vignettes, which are a mix of vintage furniture and new, eco-friendly home accents. Furniture includes a streamlined, reupholstered houndstooth sofa ($2,150), a sleek vinyl chair ($350), and a half-octagonal sofa with the original white rose print upholster (seems Grandma’s plastic covers do preserve fabric) from the late 1960s for $1,800. While there are items from big names like Herman Miller, the owners are not obsessed with the brand names if the furniture fits the style, which they say is a reason they can keep prices lower. Vintage accessories include globes and scientific diagrams from 1941 ($750, framed) while new accents (all eco-friendly) include pillows from the local company Unison, funky seating in the shape of an asterisk from the local team Roscoe Jackson, and sculptural bamboo mobiles (from $148).Top Sales This Week
I.D. (3337 N. Halsted St.; 773-755-4343) clears its showroom floor to make room for new merchandise. From August 8th through 31st, take up to 40 percent off most furniture floor samples from brands such as Blu Dot and Modernica; a large selection of accessories is discounted up to 50 percent off.
Public I (1923 W. Division St.; 773-772-9088) ups the discounts on its closing sale with 60 percent off all merchandise, including items from Language Los Angeles, Agave Denimsmith, and Z Brand, as well as discounts on computer bags, luggage, and travel accessories. Men’s Pistil tees, originally $58, are now $23; Claude Brown dresses that were originally $288 are now $115.The Best of the Rest
- Nika le butik (143 N NW Hwy., Park Ridge; 847-696-1700) celebrates its anniversary on August 9th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with cocktails, free gifts with purchase, and everything in the store priced at or below wholesale from brands such as Akiko, Sweetees, and jeans from Robins, Hudson, and Anlo.
- Meet the handbag designer Sonal Gandhi at Simone’s (1060 Gage St.; 847-446-9966) on August 9th from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., who shows her fall collection of hand-crafted bags created with silk, semi-precious stones, and exotic animal skins. Prices range $695 to $4,995.
- Perchance (3512 N. Southport Ave.; 773-244-1300) hosts a Cole Haan blowout sale, offering 20 to 50 percent off all Cole Haan pre-fall and all season styles through August 9th.
- Take advantage of additional discounts at Hubba-Hubba (3309 N. Clark St.; 773-477-1414) on August 7th with 20 percent off all merchandise; discounts of 30 to 75 percent off select summer merchandise continue through August 10th on brands such as Free People, Tulle, and Sanctuary.
- House of Sole (1237 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-834-0909) offers up to 60 percent off select spring and summer shoes starting August 8th.
- French housewares shop Genevieve Lethu (900 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-423-9948) has taken second markdowns of 30 to 60 percent off select merchandise through August 11th.
- World trade store Greenheart (746 N. Lasalle St.; 312-264-1625) is now online at greenheartshop.org.
- Macy’s (111 N. State St.; 312-781-3545) holds a L’ezu Atelier trunk show in the bridal salon on the fourth floor from August 8th through 10th. Appointments are suggested.
- Shop the Girl’s Night Out event at Red 7 Salon (210 W. Kinzie, 2nd floor; 312-644-7337) on August 6th from 3:30 to 8 p.m. with 10 percent off jewelry from Chic Gems, complimentary Aveda hand treatments, and Champagne.
- The 51st annual Gold Coast Art Fair, a juried art fair with River North, features 300 artists who create painting, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. The fair runs August 8th from noon to 6 p.m. and August 9th and 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the River North Gallery District between Clark and Wells streets and Chicago Avenue and Ontario Street.
- Shop at Enaz (444 Central Ave., Highland Park; 847-433-6466) from August 8th through 10th and 15 percent of the proceeds from the weekend are donated toward the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Rice Plant Conservation Center, which will address climate change and species loss.
- During the month of August, exhale (945 N. State St.; 312-753-6500) offers the new GRN (“Grow. Restore. Nurture.”) facial for an introductory price of $65. The eco-conscious facial targets environmental toxins on the skin, and the treatment includes a purifying Thai foot therapy.