This Week’s Top Story

Lumen Optical ( has its sights set on a new Bucktown location. (See what we did there?) The boutique will open at 2520 North Elston Avenue on Saturday, and offer glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses from brands such as Etnia Barcelona and Gucci. Inspired by an artist’s loft, the sleek shop also has an optometrist on site and offers comprehensive eye exams for $79.

Top Sales This Week

Eskell (, Wicker Park’s indie boutique, is hosting a massive moving sale. Stop by the shop’s current location at 1509 North Milwaukee Avenue on Saturday and Sunday to score discounts during its final days in business. Also running online, the sale offers items such as a made-in-Chicago halter dress with pink and gold buttons (reduced from $200 to $20). When Eskell reopens, it will be at 2029 North Western Avenue. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on that.

BCBG (113 E. Oak St., is closing its Oak Street shop, and you know what that means: Everything must go. Stop in while you can to score 40 to 60 percent off everything in store.

Marlowe (800 N. Michigan Ave., has taken 30 to 50 percent off select cashmere knits and sportswear pieces from previous collections.

Health & Beauty

If you’re hunching over your laptop to read this right now, George the Salon Chicago (945 N. Rush St., feels your pain. The Gold Coast spot just added the Digital Detox Massage to its menu. Scored with twinkly spa music and held in a dim, cozy room, the service can last for 25 minutes ($75) or 55 minutes ($120). Instead of delivering a full-body rubdown, the masseuse focuses on the area that you probably clench or strain all workday: jaw, neck, face, shoulders, and hands. Book ahead: The service is available on Thursdays and Fridays only.

Retail News of the Week

  • The Chinese-American Museum of Chicago has a new fashion exhibition. Read more.
  • Brian and Autumn Merritt, owners of Hyde Park’s Sir & Madame boutique, are profiled in Marie Claire. Read more.
  • Local designer JoeFreshGoods discusses his “Thank You Obama” collection. Read more.