Mud dinnerware at Tabula Tua
Mud dinnerware at Tabula Tua

MARCH MADNESS: On March 23 and 24, retailers along Division Street in Wicker Park tip off big March Madness sales. Le Dress (1741 W. Division St.) leads the charge, slashing prices up to 60 percent on brands like Milly, Shoshanna, and Yumi Kim. Other participating stores include Penelope’s (1913 W. Division St.) and Frill (1747 W. Division St.).

TOP DEALS: At P.O.S.H. (613 N. State St.), antique dinnerware and vintage silver are up to 75 percent off from March 15 to 31. Home entertainers, listen up: On March 10, Tabula Tua (1015 W. Armitage Ave.) hosts a warehouse sale at an undisclosed location; check (or call 773-525-3500) for the scoop on where to snag tableware, china, furniture, and home accessories at 40 to 70 percent off.

SHOP OPENING: J.Crew’s little sister Madewell (932 N. Rush St.) is slated to open April 3, bringing chambray shirts ($69.50) and striped tees ($49.50) to the Gold Coast.


An Ebony Fashion Fair dress

History Lesson

Though some designers shunned her, Eunice Johnson was one of the first black women to buy couture. In 1963, the wife of Ebony’s founder joined the Ebony Fashion Fair, bringing high fashion to African Americans around the country. From March 16 to January 5, the Chicago History Museum displays 68 garments from the fair’s archives. 1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600,




Photography: (dinnerware) courtesy of tabula tua; (dress) Courtesy of Chicago History Museum