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At the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, this happy couple could be you!

Shopper’s Dozen

From August 22 through September 2, the shops along Michigan Avenue hold 12 days of live performances, shopping events, and exclusive sales for the annual Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival ( With too many events to name, here are the must-sees:

Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Ave.): The fest kicks off with a 21+ event at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, when Jason Derulo performs and Mad Men's Christina Hendricks makes an appearance. To purchase tickets ($30) click here. Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Ave.): On Sunday, August 25, doors stay open late for an after-hours shopping soiree from 6 to 9 p.m. Along with music, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails, all guests receive a coupon book valued at $650. Tickets ($20) can be purchased here. Trump International Hotel & Tower (401 N. Wabash Ave.): On Monday, August 26, the hotel partners with Swarovski for a “Sparkling Cocktail Hour” from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 16th floor. Guests can try on crystals and jewelry from the upcoming fall collection and have their photo taken on the red carpet. Space is limited, RSVP to

And oh, the sales: At VINCE (106 E. Oak St.), take $50 off your purchase of $350 or more; $100 off your purchase of $500 or more; or $300 off your purchase of $1200 or more from August 22 to September 2. Eddie Bauer (600 N. Michigan Ave.) gives you 50 percent off one full-priced item if you mention the shopping festival, through September 3. And GUESS (605 N. Michigan Ave.) takes 25 percent off regular-priced denim from August 27 to September 2.


Top Sales This Week

This week, find brands like Stylestalker, Bec & Bridge, and Paper Crown marked 50 to 75 percent off at contemporary women's boutique Edith Hart (1917 N. Damen Ave., 773-252-3350,

Furniture shop BoConcept (1901 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-388-2900, hosts a Design Sale now through August 29. Find sofas marked 30 percent off, bedroom furniture 20 percent off, and floor model samples up to 50 percent off.


The Best of the Rest

  • Find one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, home décor, and creative artwork from more than 160 artists at the American Craft Exposition (2311 N. Campus Dr., Evanston, this weekend. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $13 online or $15 at the door.
  • Now through September 15 at Krista K (3458 N. Southport Ave., 773-248-1967,, receive $50 off your $250 purchase on brands like Rebecca Taylor, Helmut Lang, and Joie, in-store or online with the code FW2013.
  • Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington St., 312-666-1200, returns this weekend with 250 vendors hawking everything from arts to antiques, fashion to furniture. Tickets are available online for $8 and at the door for $10.
  • Sprout Kids (644 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-780-4827, celebrates its first anniversary with a fashion show on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. How's this for a blast from the past: Harris Kal from Happy Days will emcee the event.



Eco-fair trade boutique Greenheart Shop ( has moved out of Wicker Park. Find their new digs in Old Town (1714 N. Wells St., 312-264-1625).