Perchance Is Closing and the Sale Is On

A casualty of the polar vortex, upscale Gold Coast boutique Perchance, located below the Waldorf Astoria, is officially closing. The store has been displaced since January 8, when a busted pipe in the hotel flooded the store. “Needless to say, this event has been catastrophic for us,” owner Mary Liz Lehman said in an e-mail. “As a result, after almost seven years in business, I write to you with a heavy heart to share that Perchance must close its doors permanently.”

As part of the closing process, Perchance is holding a liquidation sale at the Waldorf-Astoria’s Faulkner Ballroom (11 E. Walton St., level 5, 312-646-1440) this week. The ballroom is packed full of merchandise, including brand new spring items from high-end, cotemporary women’s designers like Shoshanna, Tibi, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth and James, Vince, and Habitual.

The sale runs now through Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Sale items are marked up to 85 percent off, and non-marked full price items are 20 percent off. All sales are final. A note for drivers: Perchance will validate three-hour valet parking at the Waldorf-Astoria for $18.

After Saturday, the sale will continue online at through April 18. Prices are marked as-is, or use code VIP20 for 20 percent off anything still marked full price.

The Best of the Rest

  • Tonight, March 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Peruvian Connection (925 W. Armitage Ave., 773-975-4088, is hosting a shopping event with of few of its favorite local bloggers. Shoppers will receive a 20 discount on blogger’s picks and will be treated to Peruvian cocktails and light bites. RSVP to to attend.
  • Retail Therapy, a night of shopping and discounts in Evanston is back for its 10th year. On Thursday, March 27 from 6 to 9 p.m., participating businesses are at the 1800 to 2100 blocks of Central Street will keep their doors open late. Stop by local stores like Ad Hoc Home (1937 Central Street), Notice (2112 Central St.) and Stella Boutique (2116 Central St.), all offering 20 percent off deals that evening.
  • Chicago-born designer Wes Gordon will showcase his FW14 collection filled with plunging v-neck dresses and fox collar coats during a trunk show in Winnetka at neapolitan collection (715 Elm St., 847-441-7784, on Thursday, March 27 through Saturday, March 29.
  • Hat shop Goorin Bros. is holding a three-day sample this weekend at the Mazi Dance Fitness Center in Wicker Park (1564 N. Damen Ave., #208, 773-278-9600). Find baseball caps and cadets for $10, flatcaps for $15, and cloches, floppies, and fedoras for $20 on Friday and Saturday, March 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the only sample sale the hatmakers will host in Chicago all year.
  • The International Vintage Poster Fair returns to the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph St., this weekend. More than 10,000 original vintage posters will be showcased, ranging in price from $100 to $150,000. The fair runs from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30 and admission is $15–$20.
  • After a short hiatus, Randolph Street Market is back for a Spring Fling-themed market this weekend. More than 75 vendors will be selling their vintage and handmade goods on March 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plumber’s Hall (1340 W. Washington St., in the West Loop.
  • It’s spring break week at Oak Park women’s boutique Muse (106 N Marion St., 708-948-7052, Now through Sunday, March 30, get 15 percent off your entire purchase.