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Calendar of the Year’s Best Sales

A month-by-month calendar of the year's best sales

These are the sales worth waiting for, but since many of the stores included would not confirm future dates, we based some of this calendar on past sales. So stay alert to advertisements as the months approach, or join the stores' mailing lists.

LEGEND: * Best for Less | ** Stock Up | Apparel | Housewares


Beta Boutique usually holds its two semiannual Stacked Rack sales in January and August, with designer merchandise marked 40 to 90 percent off. In the past, prices have started at $5, with most coming in under $150. 2016 W. Concord Pl.; 773-276-0905 *

Brooks Brothers holds the first of two semiannual sales in January, offering 40 percent off selected merchandise. Also in June. 713 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-0060; 1146 Northbrook Ct., Northbrook, 847-272-3800; 153 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-679-9090 **

Chiasso holds a semiannual clearance sale of like-new returned catalog merchandise at its suburban warehouse. Discounts from 50 to 90 percent on modern furniture and accessories. 473 Woodcreek Dr., Bolingbrook; 773-244-4100 *

City Soles/Niche holds its two "nickel" sales in January and July—buy a pair of shoes at full price, receive the second for a nickel. 2001 W. North Ave., 773-489-2001; 3432 N. Southport Ave., 773-665-4233 **

The Container Store holds its annual Elfa sale in January, offering up to 30 percent off the streamlined modular shelving. 908 W. North Ave., 312-654-8450; 101 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, 847-559-8222; 1500 16th St., Oak Brook, 630-573-9100; 1460 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, 847-240-1900 **

Ikram holds the first of its semiannual sales starting January 1st, with selected designer and runway pieces marked down by 40 percent. Also in July. 873 N. Rush St.; 312-587-1000 *

Jake holds the first of its semiannual sales in January, offering 40 to 60 percent off selected apparel, shoes, and bags. Also in June. 3740 N. Southport Ave., 773-929-5253; 939 N. Rush St., 312-664-5553; 565 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-501-5253 **

Jayson Home & Garden has scheduled the first of two semiannual Floor Model & More sales for January, offering up to 50 percent off floor models and some new pieces. Also in July. 1885 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-248-8180 *


Neiman Marcus usually holds the first of two Last Call sales in February, offering 50 to 65 percent off designer clothing. Also in July. 737 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-642-5900 y


Jayson Home & Garden holds its first warehouse sale. Get up to 75 percent off furniture, accessories, lighting, and custom frames at the store's warehouse at 1740 West Webster Avenue. *

Neiman Marcus held its First Call sale this past March, so watch this month in 2009. Selected merchandise is up to 40 percent off. Also in November. *

P.O.S.H. holds its annual The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon sale on clearance tableware and decor items starting at 50 percent off. 613 N. State St.; 312-280-1602 *

Shecky's, the shopping event from New York, usually visits during March and October, offering free cocktails, beauty treatments, and up to 75 percent off designer apparel. General admission $10. sheckys.com *


Bloomingdale's Home usually does its big annual sale in April. Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Ave., 312-324-7500; Four Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-974-4300; 4963 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-675-5200 **

Jayson Home & Garden brings back the spring flea market, with vintage and rare items from world markets, estate sales, and warehouses. *

Tabula Tua throws a warehouse sale at 3729 North Ravenswood Avenue for which people line up early. Look for dinnerware, linens, and furniture discounted up to 70 percent. 1015 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-525-3500 *


Bedside Manor discounts all in-stock bedding 15 to 25 percent just once a year. The store's three other locations—Winnetka, Hinsdale, and Lake Forest—also carry furniture. 2056 N. Halsted St.; 773-404-2020 *

Luminaire, the high-end furniture show room, starts an ongoing sample sale with discounts up to 40 percent. 301 W. Superior St.; 312-664-9582 *


Barneys New York usually holds its summer clearance sale in late June, with up to 50 percent off selected merchandise. 25 E. Oak St.; 312-587-1700 *

Brooks Brothers' second of two semiannual sales. **

Jake holds the second of its semiannual sales. *

Nordstrom usually holds its half-yearly sale in June (although in 2008 it kicked off early, in May), with discounts of up to 50 percent off apparel, shoes, and accessories. Also in November. 55 E. Grand Ave.; 312-464-1515 **

The Red Balloon Co. held its big annual summer clearance of clothing for boys and girls this past June. 2060 N. Damen Ave.; 773-489-9800 **


City Soles/Niche holds the second of its two "nickel" sales. **

Filene's Basement held its bridal-gown sample sale in Chicago at its State Street location last year in July. Check filenesbasement.com/bridal.jsp as the month approaches. 1 N. State St.; 312-553-1055 *

Ikram starts the second of its semiannual sales July 1st. *

Jayson Home & Garden's second of two semiannual Floor Model & More sales is in July. *

Krista K (3458 N. Southport Ave.; 773-248-1967) and Krista K Maternity + Baby (3530 N. Southport Ave.; 773-248-4477) both hold the annual Shop Around the Clock sales this month, offering 50 percent off sale items between 8 and 9 a.m., with discounts decreasing throughout the day. *

Macy's held one of its semiannual bridal gown sales this past July, so watch for the sale, which offers designer bridal gown samples for up to 75 percent off. Also in December. 111 N. State St.; 312-781-1000 *

Neiman Marcus's Last Call sale, offering 50 to 65 percent off designer apparel. *

Nordstrom holds its anniversary sale in July, with preseason discounts on fall merchandise. **


Beta Boutique's fall semiannual Stacked Rack sale, with designer merchandise marked 40 to 90 percent off. *

Mig and Tig Furniture has its annual warehouse sale at 2010 West Carroll Avenue, with discounts up to 50 percent on overstock, discontinued items, and dinged furniture. 540 N. Wells St.; 312-644-8277 *


Jayson Home & Garden offers 20 percent off all upholstered furniture, including custom orders. *

Shecky's, the shopping event from New York, returns. sheckys.com. *


Merchandise Mart usually holds its seventh-floor sale in November—but the next won't happen until 2009. Past participants have included Holly Hunt and Stark Carpet. 800-677-6278, merchandisemart.com/designcenter *

Neiman Marcus held a First Call sale last year in November, so watch for a rerun in 2008. The prelude to the Last Call sale in February, this event offers 40 percent off selected merchandise. *

Nordstrom usually holds its second half-yearly sale in November, with discounts of up to 50 percent off apparel, shoes, and accessories. **

Toms-Price throws its annual sample sale at all three locations on the first Saturday of the month. Great prices on Century, Baker, and Stickley furniture. 725 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, 847-478-1900; 374 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-675-9400; 303 E. Front St., Wheaton, 630-668-7878 *


Barneys New York holds its annual winter clearance, usually in late December. *

Macy's held one of its semiannual bridal gown sales in December 2007, so keep an eye out for this sale, which has featured sample designer bridal gowns at up to 75 percent off. *

Room & Board holds its annual clearance sale (usually right after Christmas) through the first few weeks in January, with discounts of 20 to 60 percent off floor samples. 55 E. Ohio St., 312-222-0970; 2525 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, 630-571-7801; 10071 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-2655 *

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