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Beauty in the ’Burbs
Good news for beauty product addicts on the North Shore: Since Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Highland Park closed earlier this year, two purveyors are stepping in to satisfy the need for luxury cosmetics and skincare. In the first week of June, Colorado-based cosmetics and skincare boutique Cos Bar (662 Central Ave, Highland Park, 847-432-6249, cosbar.com) will open its first Illinois location. Shelves will teem with makeup, skincare, and fragrances from popular brands such as Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, and La Mer, as well as hard-to-find luxury labels like Sisley, Natura Bisse, and Edward Bess. Just up the street, the East Coast-based boutique Bluemercury (638 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-432-7200, bluemercury.com) opened its fifth Chicagoland location last month. Here, you’ll find a roster of luxury and niche brands (NARS, Trish McEvoy, and M-61) similar to Cos Bar’s, plus a spa specializing in facials, waxing, and makeup application.
Top Sales This Week
Head to the West Loop for a mid-week warehouse sale at the Chicago Artist Coalition (217 N. Carpenter St.). Brands such as One Teaspoon, Wildfox, and Bless’ed Are the Meek from vendors including Sofia (sofialivelovely.com), Luxury Garage Sale (luxurygaragesale.com), and M2F Brand Denims (m2f.com) are marked 60 to 90 percent off. Stake out the sale on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For the very first time, bridal boutique BHLDN (8 E. Walton St., 312-573-2573, bhldn.com) hosts a sample sale. Hightail it over bright and early on Sunday to score gowns marked from $100 to $200 and a limited selection of event dresses and shoes for just $25. Bring your A Game, shoppers: The sale only lasts three hours (8 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and there is no purchase limit.
The Best of the Rest
- A dozen local vendors come together this weekend for Vintage Heaven Fair, a shopping event held at Heaven Gallery (1550 N. Milwaukee Ave.) on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Shop men’s and women’s vintage clothing, bags, jewelry, shoes, and more from collectors including Dethrose Vintage (etsy.com/shop/dethrosevintage) and Treat Yourself Vintage (etsy.com/shop/TreatYourselfVintage).
- The annual Do-Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale (Division St. from Ashland Ave. to Leavitt St., do-divisionstreetfest.com) kicks off this weekend. Take in the usual live music and festival fare and make plans to hit “Do-Fashion” on Hoyne Street, a collection of pop-up shops from local boutiques. The festival runs Friday through Sunday and a $5 donation is requested.
- Chicago Flea MKT (A.N. Pritzker Elementary School, 2009 W. Schiller St., chicagofleamkt.com), an open-air market in Wicker Park that debuted this month, is gearing up for its second event on Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Peruse the goods from more than 50 artisans, such as Alapash Terrariums (alapash.com), Lady Faye Jewelry (ladyfayejewelry.com), and Beavers Donuts (beaversdonuts.com).
- In honor of its 11-year anniversary on Saturday, plus-size clothing boutique Vive La Femme (2048 N. Damen Ave., 773-772 -7429, vivelafemme.com) treats shoppers to 20 percent off purchases, styling advice from Amber McCulloch of the blog StylePlusCurves (stylepluscurves.com), and a “fairydust bar” featuring services by Spa Soak (spasoakchicago.com).
- Shop art, jewelry, home décor, and more this weekend at the Millennium Art Festival (millenniumartfestival.com), located two blocks north of the park at the intersection of Lake Street and Michigan Avenue. The free outdoor fête runs Friday through Sunday and features the work of 130 artists.
- SELF magazine’s outdoor fitness festival, Workout in the Park (selfworkoutinthepark.com), returns to Butler Field in Grant Park (30 E. Monroe St.) on Saturday. Kickstart your weekend with fitness classes, beauty and fashion consultations, and freebies and giveaways galore. Tickets are $20, but Sales Check readers score a $5 discount with the promo code CHI5.