This Week’s Top Story

Lush ( recently shuttered its shop at Water Tower Place—but wait! It was for a good reason. The handmade cosmetics company moved into bigger digs at 744 North Michigan Avenue. The sweet-smelling store opened earlier this week.

Selling the colorful bath bombs, cleansers, and facemasks the brand is best known for, this 2,200-square-foot location also has something new. At 16 consultation stations, shoppers can get expert advice on skincare, hair care, and more.

Speaking of new: Mouthwash Tabs (“solid mouthwash”) will be in store on April 1. In the meantime, reps name Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner ($35.95) and Floating Island Luxury Bath Oil ($3.95) as two must-haves to carry you through winter.

Top Sales This Week

Nordstrom (, local stores here) hosts its first sale of the year, The Winter Sale, February 17 through 26. Running in stores and online, the sale takes 40 percent off fashion for men, women, and kids.

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago (5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, is celebrating President’s Day with—you guessed it—sales. There are plenty going on at the shopping center all weekend, with highlights including 40 percent of at DVF from February 16 to 20.


Nordstrom (55 E. Grand Ave.) continues its pop-up series, Pop-In@Nordstrom, with a shop devoted to Korean beauty products. Decked with bright, cloud-theme décor, the shop sells some 500 products for men and women. And these aren’t your usual beauty-counter finds: Look for hydrating jelly eye shadow, banana-milk masks, and swabs infused with 24-karat gold.

Retail News of the Week

  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago may expand from its current 538,000 square feet to 800,000 square feet. Read more.
  • A Chicago-born fashion designer has created a line of Disney princess–inspired dresses. Read more.
  • Corri McFadden, founder of Chicago’s eDrop-Off, is profiled in Forbes. Read more.