Calling All Denim Junkies

The multi-designer denim boutique DNA 2050 (900 N. Michigan Ave., 3rd floor; 312-944-0040) returns to Chicago with a new home at the 900 Shops on Saturday, September 19th. The store originally opened a temporary location in Lincoln Park from September 2008 through May 2009. “[It] was a pop up shop for us to test the market,” says Gulsan Alpan, a senior buyer for DNA 2050. “As this concept evolved further, we also realized that it is a more urban concept that will have more success in a downtown location rather than a neighborhood.” The new, permanent 2,573-square-foot shop features more than 34 designer lines for women and 25 for men. Six labels—including Nobody ($180 to $250) and Red Pepper ($280 to $290)—are new to Chicagoland. Well known favorites include True Religion ($170 to $320), MiH ($190 to $280), 7 for All Mankind ($170 to $260), and Jean Shop ($190 to $1,210). Seventy percent of the boutique’s inventory is denim, but DNA 2050 also sells additional clothing and accessories for women from Graham & Spencer ($130 to $460) and Torn by Ronny Kobo ($80 to $450); for men, goods come from J. Lindeberg ($140 to $550) and Shades of Greige ($60 to $290). A grand-opening event with drinks, snacks, music, and models will be held in early October.

Top Sales This Week

HisStuff (3162 N. Broadway St.; 773-281-6111, holds a Project Runway fashion party with informal modeling, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, September 17th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The first 50 shoppers receive complimentary gift bags. Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club (3700 N. Halsted St.; 773-525-1111, hosts the after-party with Project Runway showing on the club’s large projection screens. Mention “His Stuff” to receive half off drinks from the bar’s menu of more than 150 martinis and 20 percent off all dinners.

In conjunction with Karen’s Nails (44 E. Superior St.; 312-751-1636), Thread Away (46 E. Superior St.; 312-255-8150), and Sandra Pairrin of Astrology Readings, Salute Wine Bar (46 E. Superior St.; 312-640-5943, holds a “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” event Wednesday, September 16th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Guests receive $5 off nail spa and eyebrow threading services; $5 glasses of selected Italian wines and small dishes at Salute; and half off psychic, tarot, palm, astrology, and clairvoyance readings.

Spa Week ( returns to Chicago with $50 spa treatments at select day spas, including Mirror Mirror (807 W. Randolph St.; 312-217-7795, and Ruby Room (1743-44 W. Division St.; 773-235-2323,, through Sunday, September 20th. To view participating spas and their specials, visit

The Best of the Rest

  • Shecky’s Girls Night Out ( returns to Chicago with drinks, beauty treatments, and up to 75 percent off designer merchandise, Tuesday, September 15th through Thursday, September 17th in the Great Hall at Union Station (210 S. Canal St.). General admission is free for “Shecky’s Insiders” (sign up at or $25 to $30 with goodie bag. Must be 21 and up.
  • One of Chicago’s newest boutiques, Fix (1101 W. Fulton Market; 312-226-4565) holds its grand opening on Thursday, September 17th from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests enjoy a meet-and-greet with the boutique’s owners, Maggie and Jennifer Gelber; Grey Goose cocktails; Brooklyn Brewery lager; as well as appetizers, live music, and complimentary valet. The after-party at Lumen Lounge begins at 8:30 p.m. RSVP to
  • SHE Boutique (483 Central Ave., Highland Park; 847-926-0150, features Marlaina Stone ( and her Fall 2009 collection of handmade necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more, Thursday, September 17th from 2 to 8 p.m.
  • The local author Jennifer Murphy reads from her children’s book, The Green Eaters, at Greenheart Shop (1911 W. Division St.; 312-264-1625, on Friday, September 18th from 10 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be served after the reading.
  • Jayson Home & Garden (1885 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-248-8180, takes 20 percent off all in-stock and special-order upholstered furniture through Monday, October 12th. View the fall upholstery sale collection at
  • Receive a free scarf with any coat purchase through Sunday, September 20th at Art Effect (934 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-929-3600,
  • 1154 Lill Studio (904 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-477-5455, holds its first Cash for Clunkers program through Sunday, October 4th. Bring in any gently used bag and receive 15 percent off any new Lill bag, accessory, or fabric yardage purchase. Donated bags will be given to local charities.
  • Save up to 90 percent on selected holiday and greeting cards, stationery, wrapping paper, creative supplies, and more at Greer (1657 N. Wells St.; 312-337-8000, Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th.
  • Amy G. Salon (2907 Central St., Evanston; 847-448-0850, holds a back-to-school event with styling advice for girls ages 11 to 14 and their mothers on Friday, September 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Girls receive a free gift and 20 percent off styling products. Call 847-424-9494 to reserve your spot.
  • Receive 30 percent off all spa services before 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays in September at Urban Spa Chic (1401 W. Hubbard St.; 312-492-8050,
  • Macy’s on State Street (111 North State St.; 312.781.4884, holds two fashion events on Thursday, September 17th. Starting with music at 5 p.m. on the fourth floor, guests receive $20 off a $100–, $50 off a $200–, or $100 off a $300-women’s-shoe purchase. Meanwhile, at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor, a $10 donation gives guests access to fashion shows, music, refreshments, giveaways, and more. The first 150 guests on the third floor also receive a $10 gift card. Event proceeds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Also on September 17th, Macy’s Northbrook (1555 Northbrook Court, Northbrook; 847-509-5100) holds a fall fashion party with refreshments, mini makeovers, and a fall style presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the Impulse Department.

Closings and Relocations

Hejfina (1529 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-772-0002, closes on Sunday, September 27th. Until then, receive 20 to 50 percent off new fall and winter merchandise as well as 30 to 90 percent off items from previous seasons. Upon closing, all unsold clothing, shoes and accessories, and books will be available on

Formerly located at 1017 West Lake Street, Erin Gallagher (312-492-7548, moved to 2034 North Halsted Street in Lincoln Park on Saturday, September 5th.

Dog-a-holics has split its services in Lake View into two shops. The boutique portion, selling pet accessories, is now at 3657 North Southport Avenue (the temporary number is 773-549-1590), while grooming services are still available at the original location (3609 N. Southport Ave.; phone service is temporarily unavailable). The pet store also has a location at 904 West Armitage Avenue (773-857-5787,