British Invasion

After months of anticipation, Topshop ( opens its Chicago location at 830 North Michigan Avenue at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 8. The 30,000 square foot store arrives two years after the popular British retailer first expanded to the U.S. with a flagship store in New York. The Magnificent Mile site will offer women’s clothing and accessories, as well as items from Topman, Topshop’s male counterpart. Topshop produces about 15,000 pieces—ranging from $30 to $600—each year, and inventory in the Chicago store will be continually updated (as often as five times per week). This fall, look for 1930s-inspired designs from Unique (a higher-end, in-house collection), such as wide-leg devorée satin pants printed with a Deco-inspired pattern ($180). Among exclusive local items is a blue-gray nail polish ($12) named Windy City from Topshop’s beauty line. Thursday’s grand opening will feature free makeovers, style tips, and music. Prior to the opening, visit the Topshop/Topman fashion truck (through Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m.) at stops throughout the city for a chance to win store gift cards worth $5 to $100. Go to for locations and times.


Top Sales This Week

Kickin’ (2120 N. Halsted St.; 773-525-2120, hosts a grand opening party for its Lincoln Park store on Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The boutique offers 15 percent off all merchandise, as well as giveaways from Momma’s Jewels (, Pouch (, and Ripe Maternity (

Find apparel designed for tall women during the Long Tall Sally ( pop-up shop at the Club Quarters, Central Loop hotel (111 W. Adams St.; 866-539-0036, on Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Best of the Rest

  • Shrine (47 E. Oak St.; 312-675-2105, hosts a Sip and Style Soiree for men on Thursday, September 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event includes in-store discounts, services from Halo [For Men] (, drinks from Spicebox Whisky (, and fittings from Sebastien Grey Clothiers (
  • Vive la Femme (2048 N. Damen Ave.; 773-772-7429,—in conjunction with Isabella Fine Lingerie (840 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-281-2352, and Vaudezilla (3614 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-558-0081,—hosts a plus-size bra-fitting event on Thursday, September 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. including complimentary cupcakes and 20 percent off all clothing purchases. RSVP to
  • Enjoy wine, Champagne, dessert, and discounts at Cerato (3451 N. Southport Ave.; 773-248-8604, on Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Receive 20 percent off all fall merchandise, and pick a flower from the boutique’s “garden” to save an additional 10 to 40 percent off at the register. Discounts dwindle through the weekend: Save 15 percent on fall items Friday, September 9, and 10 percent on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11.
  • Spex ( hosts multiple opening receptions this month for its “Art + Vision” series. The Geneva location (507 S. Third St.; 630-397-5900) showcases photography by Denis Kruk on Friday, September 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., while the Lake View location (3760 N. Broadway Ave.; 773-975-2020) displays mixed media drawings by Ethan Hutchinson on Saturday, September 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Both events include refreshments, appetizers, and Beausoleil trunk shows.
  • Florodora (330 S. Dearborn St.; 312-212-8860, features Kate Boggiano’s fall 2011 collection of tailored blouses and jackets on Friday, September 9 from 12 to 6 p.m. Travel next door to Florodora Shoes (348 S. Dearborn St.; 312-212-8860) during the same time for an All Black trunk show of shoes and boots.
  • Take 50 to 80 percent off more than 2,000 sample items, overstocked merchandise, and discontinued styles at the 1154 LILL Studio Warehouse (1511 W. 38th St.; 773-292-6310, on Saturday, September 10. Doors open at 8 a.m.
  • Learn how to get a “fresh-from-the-salon” look during a blow-dry boot camp at Fuga Centro (8 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-332-3842, on Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The two-hour class features tips for straight, curly, and wavy hair, as well as complimentary products and special discounts on hair-styling tools. Call 312-332-3842 to reserve a space.
  • Save 30 percent on all full-priced goods at online-only boutique Grasshopper 510 (773-292-0510, through Monday, September 12. Use promo code “dogdays2011” during online checkout to receive the discount.
  • Purchase select eco-friendly countertops at Green Home Chicago (213 N. Morgan St.; 312-432-9400, to receive 10 percent off kitchen cabinets through Saturday, December 31.