At Home in Andersonville
The new vintage furniture and gift shop Room Service (5438 N. Clark St.; 773-878-5438) specializes in late 1950s and early 1960s furniture and accents, which the owner, Paul Lechlinski, sources mostly through estate sales and auctions in and around Palm Springs in California. “We’re complementary to other specialty retailers on the street,” he says. “We’re parallel and fit in with Scout and White Attic, but we offer something different.” The well-edited selection of furniture has been refinished or rehabbed, while the spectacular old lamps are mostly as is. Our favorites were the pair of white leather chairs from 1962, which were once in the lingerie fitting rooms of Bergdorf Goodman ($975 a piece); a refurbished, turquoise medical cabinet ($595) that works as a side table; and a beautiful circular table with triangular chairs that fit underneath ($4,500 for the set). Also find a selection of new gifts, such as potted plants, candles, and Vosges chocolates.
Up the street, Home Accents (5653 N. Clark St.; 773-754-8466) has infused affordability into the home shops along the street. Owner Kevin Idlewine, who also owns an import business that supplies items to discount retailers, capitalized on both his knowledge of design-trends and his contacts in Asia to keep the home accents current and surprisingly affordable, with prices in the shop ranging $10 to $225. The collections come in color schemes, such as black and red, tangerine and chartreuse, and green and blue, all ideal for accenting décor. We loved the faux leather-wrapped lamps with a square cut-out ($30), the beautiful chandelier-style lamps with shades ($225), embellished pillows ($20 to $40), and ceramic vases adorned with roses ($8) that we have seen for more than three times the price at Old Town shops. A selection of garden statuary and planters rounds out the merchandise.
Top Sales This Week
Brides to be, form a posse. The Semi-Annual Bridal Gown Sample Sale runs July 7th through 13th at Macy’s (111 N. State St., 4th fl.; 312-781-3545). Prices before clearance range $1700 to $8,000 and are offered 50 to 75 percent off regular prices on designers such as Reem Acra, Romona Keveza, and Watters and Watters. Those who purchase a bridal gown at the sale receive 10 percent off accessory and bridesmaid purchases. All sales are final; appointments recommended.
Starting July 1st, Jayson Home & Garden (1885 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-248-8180) holds what it is calling “The Really Really Really Big Sale”—so named because every area of the store will be on sale, from the basement outlet to the garden. All floor models are on sale for up to 50 percent off; garden items such as trees, shrubs, and containers are 30 percent off; and outlet items are up to 75 percent off. The store opens at 9 a.m.
The Best of the Rest
- The Chicago Premium Outlets (1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora; 630-585-2200) host a summer sale through July 7th, with additional discounts at select stores, including 40 percent off the Banana Republic Factory Store, 20 to 50 percent off at Elie Tahari, up to 80 percent off at Giorgio Armani, and select apparel at up to 30 percent off at the Nike Factory Store.
- Shoe shop Grace (1917 N. Damen Ave.; 773-384-7223) offers 50 percent off select spring and summer shoes from designers such as London Sole and Luciano Padovan, through July 26th.
- Starting July 1st, Ikram (873 N. Rush St.; 312-587-1000) marks down designer pieces by 40 percent, with discounts lasting through the month.
- Jolie Maison (643 Central Ave., Highland Park; 847-433-4555) has moved to a 6,500-square-foot space, carrying home furnishings (including a new hand-painted furniture line), accessories, and bed and bath accessories. The store, across the street from its former spot, will now also offer design services and in-home consultations.
- French tableware company Genevieve Lethu (900 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-423-9948) kicks off its first sale on July 3rd, offering select china and dish collections, serving pieces, glassware, and accessories from 20 to 50 percent off. (All pieces sold separately.) The sale lasts through August 3rd.
- The Daisy Shop (67 E. Oak St., 6th floor; 312-943-8880, daisyshop.com), a women’s couture resale shop, kicks off its 46 day sale on July 5th, offering 40 percent off summer clothing and 20 percent off accessories, including items from Chanel, St. John, Gucci, and Prada.
- The summer sale at Mark Shale (900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-0720; Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-571-9440; Northbrook Court, Northbrook, 847-272-3860) kicks off July 1st, with spring and summer clothing up to 60 percent off.
- A portion of July’s online sales at shopshebang.com, the Web site of Bucktown shop Shebang (1616 N. Damen Ave.; 773-486-3800), will be donated to the nonprofit Dress for Success.
- Fair trade and eco-friendly clothing boutique Utopia (26 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange; 708-588-1558) offers an additional 20 percent off all sale merchandise during the month of July.