Tween Scene

Previously only available to Chicagoans via catalog and online, PBteen (2111 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-525-8349,, the latest affiliate of Pottery Barn, recently opened a store in Lincoln Park. The new shop, which shares an address with Pottery Barn Kids, is designed specifically for boys and girls from 10 to 18 year old. “As children move into their tween and teenage years, they take a greater interest in decorating their spaces,” says Sarah Lynam, the public relations manager for PBteen. While Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids can be found throughout the Chicagoland area—including stores in Skokie, Oak Brook, Deer Park, and Orland Park—PBteen, which launched as a catalog and e-commerce website in 2003, only has three locations in the United States. Joining Atlanta and New York City, Chicago is the most recent—and, for now, final—city to host the store. In keeping with the parent brand, PBteen carries colorful bedding ($25 to $249), lighting ($9 to $299), bath accessories ($8 to $99), and more; given the age group, however, all products must be innovative and multi-functional, says Lynam. “Whether it’s a desk lamp that is also an iPod docking station and speaker, or a loft bed with space for a desk, bookshelf, and storage cubbies underneath, the PBteen collections take basic home furnishings and make them useful in a variety of spaces and environments,” she says. The Chicago PBteen carries many items but not everything available online or in the catalog; items currently in-stock include the Nouveau organic floral duvet cover and sham in black and white ($32 to $119, depending on bed size), dot sleepover totes ($39), and NFL sleeping bags ($99). Through Monday, November 2nd, PBteen takes up to 20 percent off its Crinkle Puff quilt and sham and Dottie bedding.

Top Sales This Week

The Chicago vintage show and sale showcases more than 15,000 items from the nation’s leading clothing and antique-textile dealers and boutiques Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st in the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium in the Beau Arts Plumbers Union Hall Building (1340 W. Washington Blvd.). A preview shopping party, $25 in advance, runs Friday, October 30th from 6 to 9 p.m., and includes admission for the entire weekend. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; call 800-838-3006 or visit to reserve. Advance tickets also include gated parking during the event. For more information, visit

The Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (350 N. Orleans St., Suite 690; 312-836-1041, hosts Accessoirée, an accessory shopping event featuring local designers, on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Martini Park (151 W. Erie St.). Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door; call 312-836-1041.

The Best of the Rest

  • Shorty Clothing ( celebrates its new e-boutique by offering first-time shoppers 20 percent off purchases through Sunday, November 15th. Enter code “JEM” at check out to get discount.
  • Take 15 percent off purchases at Paper Doll (2048 W. Division St.; 773-227-6950, during its nine-year anniversary celebration, Sunday, November 1st through Sunday, November 15th. Mention this listing in “Sales Check” to receive discount.
  • Neapolitan (715 Elm St., Winnetka; 847-441-7784, holds a Kiton spring 2010 trunk show Wednesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 29th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fine Threads Inc. (773-478-3945, holds “Celebrating the You in Fashion” on Saturday, October 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Ave.). The event features a variety of fashion workshops, breakfast, and lunch. Tickets are $175; for more information or to reserve a spot, visit
  • Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division St.; 312-264-1625, holds a reverse trick-or-treating workshop with fair trade dark chocolate on Thursday, October 29th from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Save 15 percent on all in-stock items at Green Home Experts (823 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park; 708-660-1443, through Monday, November 30th. Shoppers must mention discount at the register.
  • PEACESpa (520 W. Erie St., Suite 340; 312-944-1211, recently launched its namesake skincare line of moisturizers, masks, and more. First-time clients receive half off their first full-service treatment that is longer than 60 minutes. Ten percent of proceeds from PEACESpa skincare line sales go toward Peace Journey (
  • Buy a $100 gift certificate for Mali Jewelry (204 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-263-0326, and receive $25 worth of free jewelry. Also, save 20 percent when you shop online; enter “20” at the checkout page. 
  • Peachtree Place (303 Happ Rd., Northfield; 877-249-2626, kicks off its Juliska ( event Sunday, November 1st. Receive a complimentary gift with any $150 purchase through Monday, November 30th.
  • Enjoy Sophisticated Science jewelry by Ryan Davis, photos by Anthony Vizzari from the Museum of Mourning Photography & Memorial Practice, and refreshments at Robin Richman (2108 N. Damen Ave.; 773-278-6150, on Thursday, October 29th from 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are invited to wear Halloween costumes; “best dressed” prizes will be awarded.
  • Bloomingdale’s (for locations, supports more than 50 local non-profit organizations with discounts, fashion events, and entertainment at The Shopping Benefit on Thursday, October 29th. Purchase a $10 ticket to receive 15 to 20 percent off almost everything in the store on the day of the event. Ticket proceeds go to Bloomingdale’s featured charities.