It’s Instrumental

Opened last weekend, Shake Shop (3247 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-904-7690) offers a mix of used instruments, equipment, and rock-and-roll collectibles, as well as repair and restoration services from the local musician Tom Cassling. “There are a bunch of great repair shops in the city, but I wanted to make something that was more accessible, comfortable, and unintimidating,” says Cassling, who learned to make guitars in Paracho, Mexico, a city known for its instrument-making. Aside from instruments and accessories (prices vary), current merchandise mostly consists of items from Cassling’s personal collection: used books ranging from art and music to classics and Western civilization ($10 or less), and 1960s and 1970s rock and punk records (average $7 to $9). You can have T-shirts made to order by Nathan Jerde and Rebecca Flores (from $3.75) or buy ready-made screenprinted shirts, gig posters, and prints by the local illustrator Johnny Sampson ($20); also look for original artwork from Chris Erickson and Darius Hurley ($20 to $300). Meanwhile, instrument services include everything from simple wiring (from $15) to complete restoration (from $200). This month, Shake Shop takes $15 off all set-ups, which include a three-month warranty, involve adjusting equipment height and basic playability so that the instrument is customized for each musician.


Top Sales This Week

The Chicago Designers for Bright Pink Shopping Event ( includes fall fashions from Anna Hovet (, Brynn Capella handbags (, C/FAN (, jules (, Kate Boggiano (, Love, Lulu Mae (, Marisa Swystun (, Miriam Cecilia (, Nonnie (, Paoo Jewels (, and Zamrie ( on Tuesday, October 12th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Affinia Hotel (166 E. Superior St.; 312-787-6000, Held to benefit Bright Pink, the event also features appetizers, desserts, and drinks; the first 50 guests receive a free goody bag.

Retail Therapy Night, the semi-annual event hosted by the Central Street Business Association in Evanston (, takes place Thursday, October 7th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Look for deals on the latest merchandise and in-store festivities from a variety of shops, including Stella (2116 Central St.; 847-864-5565,, Allegro Dance Boutique (2114 Central St., 847-733-8460,, and Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony (1917 Central St.; 847-866-6292,


The Best of the Rest

  • Hubba-Hubba (3309 N. Clark St.; 773-477-1414, celebrates 22 years on Thursday, October 7th, from 5 to 7 p.m., with Champagne and treats from Bittersweet Pastry Shop. The first 22 guests to say “Happy Anniversary” will have the chance to win a $100 gift certificate. The festivities continue throughout the month; shoppers save 22 percent on purchases until Sunday, October 31st.
  • Meet Chicago Bears Greg Olsen, Kellen Davis, and Garrett Wolfe and the reality television star Katrina Campins at the grand opening of Pure Vibes Fitness (834 N. Ashland Ave.; 312-850-4449, on Wednesday, October 6th, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event offers free drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music, fitness and pole-dancing demos, gift bags, and more. RSVP at
  • Le Dress (1741 W. Division St.; 773-697-9899, hosts “Say Yes to le Dress” with wedding-appropriate dresses, Erin Gallagher jewelry, mini-makeovers from Nika Vaughan, music, and more on Tuesday, October 5th, from 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP to Also, for 10-10-10, le Dress takes 10 percent off everything in the store on Sunday, October 10th.
  • This month, buy three handmade silk ties for only $100 (normally $75 each) while supplies last at Nicholas Joseph Custom Tailors (21 W. Elm St.; 70 W. Madison St.; 312-895-1577, Other discounts through Sunday, October 31st, include two custom blazers, two custom trousers, and four custom shirts for $2,000 as well as two custom suits for $1,590 (normally $1,990).
  • Kingsley Handbags ( holds a private inventory sale with up to 70 percent off previous-season bags and clutches and 20 percent off Fall 2010 collections at the Park Hyatt Chicago (800 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-335-1234, on Monday, October 11th, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, October 12th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. RSVP to
  • The Denim Lounge (43 E. Oak St.; 312-642-6403, hosts a Boys Night Out with 25 percent off everything in the store as well as craft beer, live female models wearing jeans and lingerie, and more on Friday, October 8th, from 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP to
  • First-time customers save $10 on a haircut from State Street Barbers (for locations, Sunday, October 10th, and Monday, October 11th.
  • Krista K Maternity + Baby (3530 N. Southport Ave.; 773-248-4477, holds a Maternal America trunk show Thursday, October 7th, through Sunday, October 17th. Buy two or more items to save 20 percent off.
  • Frédéric Malle stops by Barneys New York (15 E. Oak St.; 312-587-1700) to help launch his Home Scent Collection of new fragrances on Wednesday, October 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Chicago Premium Outlets (1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora; 630-585-2200, holds its annual Columbus Day Sale with additional savings at more than 35 of its 120 designer discount stores—including 41 percent off everything at Kenneth Cole ( and 30 percent off merchandise at A|X Armani Exchange (—Friday, October 8th, through Monday, October 11th. For a complete list of store sales, click on the “sales and events” link at