Here’s the Scoop on Chicago Shopping News This Week

There’s a new Highland Park boutique, a vintage-inspired bridal salon, a big tax-free weekend sale, and more.

Photo: Courtesy of Wear In Good Health

Wear In Good Health, Highland Park’s Newest Boutique

Three years ago, Grace Steer began working on a high-end line of intimates with built-in shaping from her home in Glenview. Unlike the life-inhibiting shapewear of recent years, Steer sought out luxurious, breathable materials for her initial collection of body suits that are almost too pretty to cover up. “We really have high standards for manufacturing,” Steer says. “If you turn them inside out, they’re just as beautiful on the inside.”

Utilizing her background in fine arts, Steer has gone on to design an entire ready-to-wear women’s line with the same principles as her intimate’s apparel. “Clothes have to be wearable and a pleasure to wear,” Steer says. The line contains everything from skirts and dresses to jackets and trousers, with a look and feel comparable to brands like Escada, Max Mara and high-end Theory, she says.

What I can’t wait to put on are the leggings and tanks. Steer traveled all over the world, researching mills to find the perfect high tech, microfiber materials that are—hallelujah—machine washable. “You can wear it to work or for working out,” Steer says. “Everything is very breathable.”

The name Wear In Good Health, Steer says, is an “expression of good will.” It’s about making great clothing that lasts, while also providing beyond fair wages for everyone involved, from her North American manufacturers to her store employees. “We’re not going to short change our customers to save 5 cents on a shortcut,” she says.

Wear In Good Health opens Saturday, March 1 at 1819 Saint Johns Avenue in Highland Park.

Top Sales This Week

A Sarah Seven bridal gown

A Vintage-Inspired Bridal Salon is Opening This Weekend

Sarah Seven’s gorgeous, modernly priced gowns are coming to Lincoln Park just in time for a spring wedding. Here’s how you can meet the designer and save 10 percent. Read more.
 

Colorful pairs of jeans

The Denim Lounge and Madison & Friends Are Closing

After a long run in the Gold Coast, these two independent boutiques are done. But before leaving Oak Street for good, they’re going out with a big sale. Read more.



The Best of the Rest

  • In honor of President’s Day, the 900 North Michigan Shops are going duty free for the weekend. From February 15 through 17, save 9.25 percent at stores like Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, J.Crew and Coach. See the full list of participating retailers at shop900.com/taxfree.
  • For a last minute gift, Field & Florist will be popping into Heritage Bicycle General Store (2959 N. Lincoln Ave.) in Lakeview on Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The florist has put together a lovely Valentine’s Day gift collection that includes a floral arrangement, a candle by Tatine and jewelry by Berglo ($140).
  • ROOF on theWit (201 N. State St., 312-239-9502, roofonthewit.com) is holding a bridal runway show on Thursday, February 13 to showcase wedding gowns and tuxedos from The Bridal Salon at Macy’s State Street. Sip the complimentary champagne and view dresses from designers like Lazaro, Tara Keely and August Jones. Click here to RSVP.
  • Highland Park blow dry bar BloOuts (1872 Sheridan Road, 847-681-9180, bloouts.com) is celebrating its first anniversary and Valentine’s Day with $29 BloOuts all week. Make an appointment on Friday or Saturday and you’ll also be treated to Prosecco and chocolates. Reserve your spot on the BloOuts website.

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