Fashion Outlets of Chicago

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APPAREL, HOME DECOR & MORE From August 17 to 18, the indie retail heaven that is Wicker Park–Bucktown takes to the streets—specifically, Division, Damen, Milwaukee, and North—for the Last Call Sidewalk Sale. Here you can snap up end-of-summer deals from more than 60 neighborhood shops of all kinds, from the home decor store Valentia to the hip work-wear purveyor Carhartt (details at

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James Leritz bowl, American Craft Exposition

ARTS & CRAFTS The American Craft Exposition (August 23 to 25; Northwestern University, 2311 N. Campus Dr., Evanston) features accessories, gallery-quality art, and furniture from 170 juried exhibitors. . . .Hit the art fair Ravenswood Remix (August 31 to September 1; 3759 N. Ravenswood Ave., for eclectic items made from found and recycled materials.

MENSWEAR & WOMEN’S WEAR Bargain hunters rejoice: August 1 marks the opening of Fashion Outlets of Chicago (5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont,, a 130-store outlet mall that includes not only the usual suspects (Gap, Nike) but also such luxury brands as Barneys, Brunello Cucinelli, Gucci, and Prada. . . . From August 22 to September 2, stores along North Michigan Avenue hold sales, events, and outdoor concerts as part of the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival (details at