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Accessories Galore in Pilsen

Story Time
Last fall, Chicago native AnneMarie Garza wanted to create a boutique centered on the idea that every item should tell a story. So the former real-estate development director purchased retail space, recruited designers via Craigslist and Etsy, and, within months, opened Bella Chica (1253 W. 18th St.; 312-927-3535). The new Pilsen shop sells handmade designs from about 15 Chicago artists, carrying everything from…

Haus Sale

Haus in Andersonville is closing its doors at the end of April and having a big sale (70 percent off everything) starting Wednesday, April 1, until all merchandise and shop fixtures are sold. To make sure we don’t get too sad, they are going out with a bash: come by the shop for drinks and discounts, Friday, April 3 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Weekend Photos: The 44th Ward Dinner Party

Bar king Stephen Westman opened the doors of The 44th Ward Dinner Party (3542 N. Halsted St.) to the public on Friday, in the space once occupied by Lakeview Broadcasting Company. Offering six varieties of grilled cheese and half a dozen bottled beers, “The Ward” also featured music from DJ White Shadow, a former partner in LBC…

Cheer and Loathing in Thailand

Is it possible for every person within a particular 200,000 square miles to be passive-aggressive? Yes, it is, and that area is called Thailand. All the natives we’ve met have been deferential and polite and outwardly wonderful while silently giving the impression that they’d prefer to see us eviscerated by a pack of rabid dogs. They’re genetically gifted at making you feel guilty, usually through…