Even I could feel the intensity. Thirty or so local clothing designers (when you count accessories, there were 70 in all) had trucked their wares up to the 9th floor of Macy’s in the hopes that they’d get picked up by a major department store. By "picked up," I mean that Macy’s had set aside budget money to add pieces by local designers to their collection. This is huge, seeing as how Marshall Field’s (and later Macy’s) used to buy on consignment only. Now they were going to buy entire “lots” up front—a purchase that could make an indie designer’s year...

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Even I could feel the intensity. Thirty or so local clothing designers (when you count accessories, there were 70 in all) had trucked their wares up to the 9th floor of Macy’s in the hopes that they’d get picked up by a major department store. By "picked up," I mean that Macy’s had set aside budget money to add pieces by local designers to their collection. This is huge, seeing as how Marshall Field’s (and later Macy’s) used to buy on consignment only. Now they were going to buy entire “lots” up front—a purchase that could make an indie designer’s year...

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Project Runway, Macy’s style

Even I could feel the intensity. Thirty or so local clothing designers (when you count accessories, there were 70 in all) had trucked their wares up to the 9th floor of Macy’s in the hopes that they’d get picked up by a major department store. By "picked up," I mean that Macy’s had set aside budget money to add pieces by local designers to their collection. This is huge, seeing as how Marshall Field’s (and later Macy’s) used to buy on consignment only. Now they were going to buy entire “lots” up front—a purchase that could make an indie designer’s year…

The 40-Year-Old Marriage

My parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary next month, and the occasion got me thinking about relationships and compromise. Mom is a media mogul who goes out for work functions almost as much as I do; Dad is a circuit court judge who’s asleep by eight every night. She does the cooking; he does the eating. She cleans up; he feeds the dogs. She has a standing manicure appointment every Saturday; he has a standing tee time every Sunday. Their schedule seems to work for them, despite personalities on the opposite ends of the spectrum. She’s a Type A; he’s a Type XL (as in extra laid-back). She’s a social butterfly; he has a hard time remembering all of his friends’ names.

They’re not necessarily what you’d expect from soul mates, but since getting set up at the University of Illinois in 1965…

New On the Market-Prairie Grandeur in Evanston

List Price: $3,700,000 The Property: A lovely brick Prairie-style mansion that faces Lake Michigan across a quiet park, this 13-room house with numerous front windows seems designed to bask in the morning sun as it rises over the water. The house was built in 1909, designed by the Prairie architects Tallmadge and Watson. (Thomas Eddy … Read more

Panini and Gelato Galore

Bye-Bye Body Sushi Set to open in three weeks, Ai Sushi Lounge (358 W. Ontario St.; 312-335-9888) is the third brain child of Agnes Yoshikawa and Eugene Chua, the brother-and-sister team who own Tsuki (1441 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-883-8722) and Ringo (2507 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-248-5788). Since Toyoji Hemmi, Tsuki’s sushi whiz, will now split … Read more

Housing Bulletin-Triple Threat to Big Developments

Three proposed residential developments in three different parts of the city have been put into slowdown mode in recent weeks, all thanks to new aldermen elected in the spring. Aside from the fact that two of the projects have prolific architect Lucien Lagrange attached, there are no connections among the players on the three projects … Read more

Week 12: No Candles

Sarah’s birthday was this week, and I blew it. It wasn’t entirely my fault, though; it was her first birthday without her mom. [Editor’s note: two months before Sarah got pregnant, her mother died of lung cancer.] The pain of losing Mary Ann is magnified a thousand times now. To go through these nine months … Read more

Cerulean Dreams

Something New, Something Blue A new shop-Cerulean 1 (3657 N. Southport Ave.; 773-525-6870)-has opened in the former Shane space in Lake View. Peddling a similar aesthetic as its predecessor in the space, the boutique carries casual wear for men and women. We found a cute V-neck tee hoodie from Laquette with a drawstring waist ($90), … Read more

Breaking Wilco News

Wilco is coming to Millennium Park!

I know, I know; like you, I just crowded into the park to see The Decemberists, and it stunk because there were too many people. But consider this: Like the Tori Amos show a few years back, they are going to sell tickets, which will control the crowd. I can attest that the Amos show was pleasant—even on the lawn—and way more fan-friendly than The Decemberists show last week.

So, here are the details…

Happy Birthday, Metro

It was one of those nights for the books. After catching a great show Saturday by the Redwalls at the Sheffield Garden Walk, I headed over to Metro’s 25th anniversary party, held at the Smart Bar. The invite-only party was thrown for Metro friends and alumni-people like Peter Katsis, one of the spot’s first bookers … Read more

Sale of the Week-Pillar of Wicker Park

List Price: $2,500,000 Sale Price: $2,466,700 The Property: Once one of Wicker Park’s grandest mansions, this enormous Second Empire-style home from 1879 was divided into apartments early in the 20th Century and stayed that way until now. A buyer, not yet identified by the seller or public records, made a $2.46 million deal with seller … Read more