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Kate Spade (900 N. Michigan Ave., is rewarding big spenders: Make a $250 purchase and you’ll get $50 off; spend $500 to score $125 off; spend $750 and take $225 off; and drop $1,000 to save $350. The promotion applies to all retail items and runs through August 30.

Top Sales This Week

J.Crew (900 N. Michigan Ave., is also running a spend more, save more deal: a $100 purchase earns 25 percent off and a $200 spend means 30 percent off your total purchase. The sale ends August 16.

At Armani Exchange (835 N. Michigan Ave.,, select men’s and women’s summer apparel are marked at up to 50 percent off. The deals continue through August 16.

Through August 14, Tory Burch ( is hosting an online-only sale with up to 70 percent off select clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories.


Urban Oxygen (—the European brand for men that’s set to open a boutique at 217 West Huron Street later this month—is previewing its fall and winter collections, pop-up style, on the first floor of theWit Hotel (201 N. State St.). Open from August 14 to September 14, the shop features international designers including Etudes Studio, Les Benjamins, Yang Li, and Andrea Yaaqov.


Oak Park women’s boutique Muse (106 N. Marion St., Oak Park, is hosting a night of art and markdowns (to as low as $40 for summer pieces) on August 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The soiree will be a chance for Muse’s artist in residence, Alicia Marie of Spotted Kettle (, to showcase her line of greeting cards, hand-painted pillows, and tote bags. Attendees will also get first dibs on the shop’s new fall collection.


On August 16, Vintage Garage Chicago returns (5051 N. Broadway, with a “Back to the Future” theme. This shopping event will have a DJ spinning ’80s classics amid 100 vintage and antiques dealers. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Retail News of the Week

  • Illinois nixed the back-to-school sales tax holiday once again. It hasn’t had one since 2010. Read more.
  • Women’s clothing boutique Krista K (3458 N. Southport Ave.) introduces two new jewelry designers. Read more.
  • A downtown West Dundee clothing boutique will close and reopen as a jewelry and accessories shop in 2016. Read more.