This Week’s Top Story

Barry’s Bootcamp (11 W. Erie St.,, the celebrity-adored workout, has opened its first Chicago studio in River North. The hour-long classes—held in an industrial space with vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows—combine treadmill runs with weight training and resistance exercises. At 7,000 square feet, the Chicago studio is the brand’s largest; the space also holds a lifestyle boutique selling workout gear and a cafe that serves smoothies and snacks.

Each workout at Barry’s can burn as many as 1,000 calories, which may be particularly necessary this time of year. (You? Eat too many cookies?) “You should give yourself permission to celebrate and indulge a little over the holidays—but do so in moderation,” says Joey Gonzalez, Barry’s C.E.O. “The biggest mistake people make [during the holidays] is an overall disregard for portion control.” He also shared one of his secret tips for getting through a festive bash without over-indulging: “Pack gum and chew it during appetizer and dessert time.”

Top Sales This Week

Wicker Park boutique Penelope’s (1913 W. Division St., has taken its first seasonal markdowns. Sale pieces include a French wool coat from A.P.C. (reduced from $575 to $399) and a velvet-trimmed, rose boater hat (reduced from $85 to $65).

Trunk Show Holly & Tanager (, a Chicago-based bag line, will showcase its latest collection at a Mod + Ethico (27 N. Morgan St.) trunk show on Saturday. Running from noon to 6 p.m., the show will feature styles including the Sidekick (starting at $239) and the Ace wallet ($199).


TheWit Chicago (201 N. State St.) is hosting a pop-up shop for Foursided ( through the end of the month. Stocked with ornaments and holiday cards, the shop also has locally themed accessories such as a Chicago flag necklace ($18).

Thompson Chicago (21 E. Bellevue Pl.) has partnered with Bloomingdale’s ( to host a one-day pop-up event. From 2 to 7 p.m., visitors can shop clothing and accessories from Reiss and Links of London. There will also be skincare products, candles, and fragrances from New York brand Malin + Goetz.

Ready for for something completely different? Shop Sensual ( takes over Humboldt Park gallery Reunion (2557 W. North Ave.) December 16 to 18. Events kick off with a 21-plus, “sensually minded” night market on Friday. Featuring a dozen local makers, the market will offer silky blouses from SilkShaman, jewelry by Morgan Reed, and scented body oils by Giselle Wasfie. Throughout the weekend, the space will also host a workshop and a yoga class.

Retail News of the Week

  • Cole Haan has closed its Michigan Avenue store. Read more.
  • American Apparel will close its Evanston store. Read more.
  • A new gift shop in Bronzeville sells jewelry, accessories, and more. Read more.