This Week’s Top Story

Maria Pinto, the local who has dressed Michelle Obama and Brooke Shields, just launched her pre-fall collection. Now available at the M2057 Style Studio (833 W. Washington Blvd.,, the collection was inspired by squares—which have a reassuring quality in a time of uncertainty. “Squares are stable. They’re familiar, trusted shapes that suggest honesty,” Pinto said in a release. “Their right angles represent order, rationality and formality, but also suggest peacefulness, solidity, security, and equality.” The collection is made using high-tech fabric imported from an Italian mill, and the pieces are machine-washable, wrinkle-resistant, and easy to pack. The pre-fall collection is available now, and the fall collection will debut on August 15.

Top Sales This Week

Friendly reminder: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off at Nordstrom (55 E. Grand Ave., today. The sale offers discounts on new fall merchandise for a limited time—think leather jackets from Burberry and Alexander Wang booties—before prices go up again on August 8.

Neiman Marcus (737 N. Michigan Ave., is hosting its Last Call Sale. Online, a clearance section offers pieces that are up to 75 percent off. Items include a festival-ready cross-body bag by Zac Posen (reduced from $250 to $105) and a sleeveless printed column gown by Chicago-born designer Cynthia Rowley (reduced from $498 to $122).

Ikram (15 E. Huron St., is offering up to 60 percent off its spring and summer merchandise. The high-end store for women carries labels such as Lanvin and J.W. Anderson.

Sister stores Maje and Sandro are both offering up to 50 percent off on their summer collections. At Maje (70 E. Oak St.,, looks include a white biker-style dress (reduced from $410 to $246); at Sandro (102 E. Oak St., items include a pink dress with a geometric lace top (reduced from $410 to $205).


In advance of Grant Park’s megawatt music fest, the Lollapalooza Pop-Up opens tomorrow at a new location: 535 North Michigan Avenue. Open through July 31, the shop will stock official Lollapalooza gear—so here’s your chance to look like you rocked out at the fest, even if you never set foot on its grounds. The shop will also feature a special 25th anniversary collection that includes T-shirts, hats, fanny packs, and skateboards. You’ll also find eyewear from TOMS, and gear for local teams including the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beauty and Wellness

Elite Wellness Center ( and Bystol Performance Center ( will host an open house on July 28 at 1200 Old Skokie Road in Highland Park. The event will offer complimentary samples of a range of trending beauty services, including chair massages, organic spray tans, and “cryofacial toning.”

Retail News of the Week

  • An Anthropologie store is coming to Fulton Market. Read more.
  • Local designer Anastasia Chatzka will unveil her new swimwear collection with an in-store event this evening. Read more.
  • The Collette Collection, a new store in Lakeview, offers dresses, jeans, and more—all at less than $100. Read more.