- The indoor/outdoor antiques bazaar Randolph Street Market (1340 W. Washington St., 312-666-1200, randolphstreetmarket.com) returns this weekend. More than 250 vendors set up shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Bands will perform throughout the day and drinks will be served by City Winery and Glunz Beers. Tickets are available online for $8 and at the door for $10.
- On Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., Ukrainian Village boutique Sir & Madame (938 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-6660, sirandmadame.com) plays host to a group of local artists and makers called the Chicago Creators Collective. Shop paintings by Michelle West, upcycled handbags by Madre De Perla, leather jewelry by Found Objects, and more. Mimosas and a complimentary brunch will be served. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend this free event.
- The retailers at Fashion Outlets of Chicago (5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, 847-928-7500, fashionoutletsofchicago.com) offer up tons of Labor Day sales all weekend: Save up to 50 percent at Diane Von Furstenberg, 50 to 70 percent at Gucci, and 25 to 75 percent at Neiman Marcus Last Call. Peruse all the sales here.
- Local designer K.Amato (k-amato.com) holds a jewelry sample sale next week at the Sofitel Hotel (20 E. Chestnut St.). From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, shop hundreds of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces marked down to $5, $10, and $20. All new fall jewelry gets marked down 30 percent and everything in the room is under $80.
- In case you missed it, Old Town men’s and women's boutique Roam (1419 N. Wells St., 312-664-2222) officially closes on August 31 (read why). There are still some pieces left—10 Crosby, Current Elliot, and MIH Jeans, to name a few brands—for those who want to snag a final deal at 75 percent off.
- In case you also missed this one, Wicker Park women’s shop Le Dress (1741 W. Division, 773-697-9855, ledressshop.com) shutters on September 28. The closing sale began this week, with inventory marked up to 75 percent off. Further markdowns will happen in the coming weeks, but shoppers are encouraged to visit early for the best selection. The store will still receive its new fall shipments and items will immediately be discounted. Here’s why the owners are calling it quits.
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