This Week’s Top Story

Making jewelry runs in Alexandra Marks’ genes. The Chicago-based designer is a fourth-generation jeweler whose pieces use sterling silver and cubic zirconia for a luxury look — without the price tag to match.

At her newly opened Wicker Park boutique, Alexandra Marks, (1747 W. Division St.,, Marks displays her jewelry against Old Hollywood–style trappings. The glossy white floor is decked with black, geometric patterns; display cases are softly backlit; and a twisted branch dripping in crystals hangs overhead.

The shop’s one-of-a-kind pieces may include delicate necklaces made for layering, chokers strung with gold circles, and stackable rings. The jeweler’s new “diamond” collection also includes cubic zirconia rings.

With the exception of a few pieces that ring in at around $200 (take these $188 feather earrings), the great majority of items cost under $100; many go for less than $50.

Top Sales This Week

At Ted Baker (1009–1011 N. Rush St.,, womenswear is up to 50 percent off. Sale items include a crepe de chine shift dress with a pink blossom print (reduced from $295 to $177), cotton chinos (reduced from $195 to $97), and a cold-shoulder dress with bow detail (reduced from $349 to $209).

Rag & Bone’s (25 E. Delaware Pl., sale offers up to 60 percent off items for women and men. Find a midi-length dress printed with stars (reduced from $550 to $220), a red denim skirt (reduced from $185 to $130), and slip-on sneakers in Italian leather (reduced from $350 to $140).

Stuart Weitzman (701 N. Michigan Ave., has taken 50 percent or more off select items. Find a sling-back sandal made of leather and suede (reduced from $425 to $213), a leopard-print calfskin sock bootie (reduced from $698 to $349), and suede sneakers with crystal fringe (reduced from $498 to $199).

The Golden Triangle (330 N. Clark St., hosts its 6th annual Tent Sale August 9 to 11. For the sale, the store tents its parking lot to house antiques and rare vintage finds for 30 to 60 percent off. Discounted items include teak carved panels, garden sculptures of Thai-Cambodian angels, and drawings from Parisian markets. The sale will also serve rose wine.


Athenaeum Book Bar ( will host the “Art Is Life” pop-up at Block 37 (108 N. State St.) August 10 through 12. The shop will preview the forthcoming Fulton Market concept, which will pair a library with a bar. At the pop-up, shoppers can pick up coffee-table art books and sip cocktails; there will also be a live DJ and art installations. Pick up tickets here

Retail News of the Week

  • Kohler Water Spa will expand with a Lincoln Park location in 2019. Read more.
  • Chicago native Jenny Gresla has a new athletic line. Read more.
  • Chanel’s Coco Crush fine jewelry collection is now available at C.D. Peacock. Read more.