Find furniture, apparel, and vintage Indian trinkets—and brace yourself for the Chicago yarn crawl.
By Lynn Okura Bey
Published July 31, 2014
The Best of the Rest
Knitters and crafters: The Chicago Yarn Crawl (chicagoyarncrawl.com) starts this weekend; and yes, fiber enthusiasts, this is a real thing. Now in its fifth year, the crawl is a weeklong event running from August 2 through 10, with 28 participating stores in the city and suburbs offering discounts and raffle prizes. Sifu Design Studio (6054 N. Broadway, 773-271-7438, sifudesignstudio.com) in Edgewater, for example, offers 25 percent off all yarns and tools on Saturday, plus grab bags (for the first 50 shoppers) and free refreshments.
Wicker Park men’s and women’s boutique Penelope’s (1913 W. Division St., 773-395-2351, shoppenelopes.com) is in the midst of a summer sale. Shop in-store or online for 25 to 65 percent off brands like Brooklyn Tailors, Sessun, and A.P.C.
Tonight through August 7, Bucktown clothing boutique Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Ave.) hosts a global market called Fabric, Findings & Food. The bazaar features textiles by designer Lynda O’Connor and fabrics from the Roscoe Village design studio Workroom Couture Home. Tonight’s opening (5 to 9 p.m.), will also include vintage Indian textiles and trinkets by Fatima Mohiuddin, plus craft cocktails and nibbles.
Through August 3, Casual Friday (casualfridayshop.com) showcases its line of tees and tanks printed with phrases like “Shut the front Dior” and “Wirkin for a Birkin” at Gold Coast boutique Sofia (100 E. Walton St., 312-640-0878, sofialivelovely.com) and Block 37’s Lollashop (108 State St., store.lollapalooza.com).
Luxury home décor and gift store Kneen & Co. (399 W. Fullerton Pkwy., Suite 1E, 773-880-842, kneenandco.com) holds a sample sale this week, offering discounts of up to 50 percent. The Chicago-based store carries designers including Nymphenburg, Lobmeyr, and Hermes, which rarely go on sale.
Canadian furniture brand Gus* Modern (gusmodern.com) hosts a sale on sofas, sectionals, chairs, ottomans, and beds through August 17. All regular-priced upholstered products are 20 percent off through August 17. The Canadian furniture brand doesn’t have a standalone Chicago shop, but local retailers ID Chicago, Stitch, Eurofurniture, and Cassona are all participating in the sale.