Chicago Retail Sales and Events to Check Out This Week

The Gold Coast gets a high-tech men’s tailor, and there are women’s clothes, shoes, and home goods on sale.

Custom clothier Alton Lane opens in the Gold Coast this weekend.   Photo: Courtesy of Alton Lane

High-Tech Tailor

Getting measured for a custom suit typically takes an hour—at least, and that’s just for the first fitting. At Alton Lane, a men’s clothier opening its first Chicago showroom on Saturday, the entire process is complete within a matter of seconds.

Using a 3D scanner with more than 30 sensors and 16 cameras, your measurements (160 of them) are taken on the spot. Your avatar is used to create a custom pattern, which accounts for your posture and other quirks that can affect fit.

Though it’s fast, you’ll probably want to stick around. The appointment-only showroom was designed to have a speakeasy feel, featuring a large screen TV, leather couches, and a bar stocked with complimentary drinks.

Alton Lane opens in Chicago on Saturday, May 31 at 49 East Oak Street, level 2. Appointments can be booked online ( or by calling 646-896-1212. Shirts start at $89, suits at $595.

The Best of the Rest

  • Women’s boutique Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Ave., 773-278-6150, will hold its 17th Annual Yard Sale on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Past season clothes and accessories, vintage store displays, furniture, findings, and other objects will be on sale along with 20 percent off current spring and summer collections.
  • Bucktown shoe shop City Soles (2001 W. North Ave., 773-489-2001, holds its Friends and Family Sale tomorrow, May 28. Score 25 percent off your purchase in-store and online with code FRIEND25.
  • Home furnishings consignment warehouse Coyle & Herr (1200 W. 35th St., 773-575-9880, is holding a Warehouse Sale through May 30. More than 200 items are marked 50 percent off, including designers like Bertoia, Henredon, Baker, and Herman Miller.
  • Clever Alice ( is back with another sample sale of “under the radar” designers at up to 75 percent off. The four-day sale takes place from May 29 through June 1 at 845 West Chicago Avenue.



Submit your comment

Comments are moderated. We review them in an effort to remove foul language, commercial messages, abuse, and irrelevancies.

Note: To serve its readers better, Chicago has migrated its comments to Disqus, a popular commenting platform. Please feel free to contact us with any feedback.