All in the Family
In the early ‘90s, Susan Lurie opened her first boutique in the northern suburbs. Named ENAZ (444 Central Ave., Highland Park; 847-433-6466, enaz.com), which stands for energy, nature, attitude, and zest for life, the shop catered to the busy mom. Within time, however, Lurie’s three daughters—Melinda Kaplan and Lena and Samantha Lurie—joined her management team, and the shop expanded its collections to include fashions for the younger generations as well. “We were always involved with the shop growing up. As we got older, we each eventually made the decision to become a part of it, completely unforced,” says Samantha, who launched the shop’s website a few years ago. “We all wanted to help it grow and to help carry on the name.” After celebrating the boutique’s 16-year anniversary, the Lurie family opened a second ENAZ at 309 Happ Road in Northfield (847-446-5551) earlier this month. Similar to its sister location, the new ENAZ features Audrey Hepburn photos and quotes on its walls, as well as its signature clothing line, which includes wraps in shades from magenta to forest green ($75 each). Also in stock, find an assortment of casual looks, such as Michael Stars shirts (from $30), sleeveless, cashmere-blend, hooded sweaters from Laurie B ($175), and welt-pocket, boot-cut corduroys from Billy Blues ($190). While ENAZ is filled with dresses, sweaters, shirts, and bottoms, the boutique’s focal point is its large, U-shaped console, which serves as a checkout counter and jewelry display case. “Most of our jewelry is by local artists, and every line is uniquely different,” Kaplan says. Featured creations include a 16-inch double chain onyx and diamond necklace from Dana Rebecca Designs ($2,640), leather cord wrap bracelets with beading from Chan Luu (from $175), and sterling silver twist earrings by Natalie B ($90). From October 5th through 10th, ENAZ donates 10 percent of all sales to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. The boutique celebrates its grand opening with drinks, snacks, and trunk shows featuring jewelry from Dana Rebecca, Peppina, Daisez by Sarah Miller, and more, Wednesday, October 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees receive a complimentary gift bag with every purchase. RSVP to RSVP@JLynnePR.com by Thursday, October 1st.
Top Sales This Week
Neapolitan (715 Elm St., Winnetka; 847-441-7784, neapolitanonline.com) holds a Kimberly McDonald trunk show, featuring the high-end designer’s jewelry collection, on Thursday, October 1st through Saturday, October 3rd. The boutique now carries the line exclusively in Chicago. McDonald makes an appearance at Neapolitan on October 3rd.
Hosted by Chicago Sister Cities International, World Fashion Chicago (worldfashionchicago.com) returns with high-end fashions from more than 30 local and international designers at the Harris’s Rooftop at Millennium Park on Wednesday, September 30th. Tickets are $25 for standing room-only and $100 for V.I.P., which includes entry to the after-party. The after-party (tickets, $25) starts at 9 p.m. at Cuvee (308 W. Erie St.).
The Andersonville Arts Walk features more than 80 Chicago-based artists in local shops, galleries, and restaurants, Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th. Participating shops—including His Stuff (5314 N. Clark St.; 773-989-9111, hisstuffchicago.com) and White Attic (5225 N. Clark St.; 773-907-9800, thewhiteattic.com)—each feature its own artist.
DNA 2050 (900 N. Michigan Ave., third floor; 312-944-0040) holds its grand opening party on Friday, October 2nd from 8 to 11 p.m. Taking up the entire third floor of the 900 Shops, the event features a range of denim brand representatives, drinks, appetizers, music, and modeling. Guests bearing a copy of this edition of Sales Check receive $25 off and a free gift with their first denim purchase. RSVP is required; e-mail email@example.com.
The Best of the Rest
- Fiera Italiana, a five-day festival celebrating Chicago’s Italian culture, kicks off on Monday, October 5th with a fashion show featuring designs from Paul Sisti and Melissa Serpico at noon in the Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Ave.). The free event, which runs through Friday, October 9th, also features jewelry designers and vendors throughout the week.
- The 4th annual Wine, Women & Shoes event, hostedby The United Nations Children’s Fund, features designer shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories, on October 1st at the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois St.). Proceeds go to the UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival Initiative. General admission, $85, at brownpapertickets.com/event/69164 and at the door.
- The International Antiques Fair (merchandisemartantiques.com) at the Merchandise Mart(222 Merchandise Mart Plaza; 800-677-6278, mmart.com) features art, furniture, glass, jewelry, paintings, and more, October 2nd through 5th. Tickets are $15.
- Ootra (900 N. Michigan Ave., 5th floor; 312-988-7900, ootra.com) offers deep discounts on selected messenger bags and mini backpacks as well as a buy one, get one special on totes and clutches through October 1st.
- Save up to 70 percent on overstock photo and Christmas cards, note pads, and stationery at Bella Ink Designs (1121 N. Main St., Lombard; 630-576-2008, bellaink.com) on Friday, October 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers are asked to park behind the building and enter through the warehouse.
- United Feather & Down (414 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines; 847-296-6500, ufandd.com) takes up to 75 percent off down and down-alternative comforters, pillows, featherbeds, blankets, mattress pads, and specialty bedding products during its semi-annual tent sale from October 1st through 3rd.
- K. Amato (1229 W. Diversey Pkwy.; 312-882-1366, k-amato.com) helps launch its new bridal collection with a trunk show at White Chicago (222 W. Huron St.; 312-397-1571, whitechicago.com) on Saturday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ten percent of every pink-colored jewelry sale goes to Brides Against Breast Cancer.
- The Power of Pink, a cocktail reception held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, includes Champagne, vodka, wine, and desserts at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago (230 N. Michigan Ave.) on Friday, October 9th at 9 p.m. Tickets at bebrightpink.org/events cost $45 before Thursday, October 1st; and $65 from Friday, October 2nd through Thursday, October 8th. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door for $75 on the day of the event. Proceeds go to Bright Pink (bebrightpink.org).
- The third annual Oak Street bridal luxury wedding walk, hosted by the Oak Street Council, features fashion shows, wine tastings, complimentary spa treatments, live music, and more, Sunday, October 4th from 12 to 4 p.m. Bride tickets, $65, include a goodie bag; guest tickets are $25. Tickets, available at oakstreetchicago.com, must be purchased by Thursday, October 1st. A portion of event proceeds go to the American Heart Association.
- The 10th annual bulb bazaar at the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-5440, chicagobotanic.org) features more than 200 varieties of bulbs, Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th.
- Artists Frame Service (1867 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-248-2800, artistsframeservice.com) holds its next Sunday Frame Outlet with up to 80 percent off miscellaneous and miscut frames on October 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- In collaboration with Tretorn, Zipcar, and AG Jeans, Akira (1814 W. North Ave., 773-489-0818; 1849 W. North Ave., 773-342-8684; 1910 W. North Ave., 312-423-6693; akirachicago.com) holds its Avalanche fashion show on Thursday, October 1st at V Live (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats.
- Ann Taylor features styling tips, raffles, and refreshments, Thursday October 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. at its Loop location (600 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-587-8301), and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakbrook Center (208 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook; 630-573-4825). RSVP at eventsatann.com to receive an extra offer.
- Mention “The 3/50 Project” at Grasshopper 510 (1944 N. Damen Ave.; 773-292-0510, grasshopper510.com) to receive 15 percent off any $50 purchase through Friday, October 16th. For online savings, use promo code “the350project” at checkout.
- Griffins & Gargoyles Antiques (2140 W. Lawrence Ave.; 773-769-1255, griffins-gargoyles.com) kicks off its 34th anniversary sale with beverages and 34 percent off everything from imported antique furniture to linens, Friday, October 2nd. Shoppers continue to save 34 percent storewide through November 4th.
- Knickers of Glen Ellyn (492 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn; 630-469-2727) holds a bra fitting event, Saturday, October 3rd.