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The Best Retail Sales and Events in Chicago This Week

Design your own Prada shoes, see the new $325 men’s shirt—it’s worth it—and check out the new Timbuk2 shop in Bucktown.

Prada’s Made to Order shoe service comes to Chicago.   Photo: Courtesy of Prada

Build-a-Prada

Prada’s Made to Order shoe program is coming to Chicago, and the sheer number of customizable options is enough to make a grown woman squeal. Like a kid in a candy store, you pick and choose whatever you like. Cherry red patent peep-toes with a modest heel? Done. Platform pumps in sunny yellow with blue soles? Granted.

An entire rainbow colors is at your disposal, including two shades of white and nude. The style, material, and heel height is determined by you. Everything down to box color is customizable, and you can claim your handiwork by adding initials to your soles. It will take approximately one month to receive your shoes, and prices start at $745.

Prada’s Made to Order service will be traveling to the Chicago Prada Boutique (30 E. Oak St., 312-951-1113) from June 2–8. Colors, materials, and style options will be on display in a full size run. Stop by during store hours, Monday through Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 6 p.m.).

The Best of the Rest

  • Wholesale agency Annie O (annieo.net) will hold its annual Spring Sample Sale Wednesday, May 21. Score brands like Tulle, Lucca Couture, Sloane Rouge, Scrapbook, and Hart Denim for 20 percent off wholesale, with many pieces marked $10 or less. Find the sale at 2132 W. Fulton Ave., Unit A (just east of Leavitt St.) from noon to 6 p.m. Bring cash.
  • Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington St., 312-666-1200, randolphstreetmarket.com), the West Loop indoor/outdoor antiques bazaar, returns this weekend, May 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. Purchase tickets online for $8 or at the gate for $10.
  • Chicago men’s retailer Haberdash (shophaberdash.com) has started its Memorial Day Sale early. Snag dress shoes, button downs, blazers, and more at up to 70 percent off, in stores (find locations here) and online.
  • Nordstrom (nordstrom.com) begins its Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Kids on Wednesday, May 21.

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