Dozens of Chicago stores are hosting events that will include fashion shows, cocktails, major discounts and, uh, reality TV stars. Here’s Time Out Chicago’s list of picks of the top parties to attend.
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By Allyson Byers|
Not sure which shops to visit during Fashion’s Night Out, the nationwide fashion party taking place Thursday 8? Dozens of stores are hosting events that will include fashion shows, cocktails, major discounts and, uh, reality TV stars. Here are our picks of the top parties to attend.
Adidas Originals Chicago Bring out your inner athlete, spend $50 and get a free tote bag. Enjoy beats from an in-store DJ. N Rush St (312-932-0651, adidas.com), 6–10pm.
Anne Fontaine It’s all about the glamour and rock and roll as Anne Fontaine introduces the themes of its fall/winter line of handbag and accessories. Look for shopping incentives for guests, as well. 909 Michigan Ave (312-943-0401, annefontaine.com), 6–9pm.
Astor & Black FNO isn’t just for the ladies, you know. Guys can find special discounts on suits while sipping Scotch tonight. 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr (312-207-2351, astorandblack.com). 6–9pm.
Banana RepublicMad Men didn't air this summer, but you can get your fix by checking out the chain's new line inspired by the series. Guests can also enjoy free refreshments, food and an exclusive offer. 744 N Michigan Ave (312-642-0020, bananarepublic.gap.com) 6-11pm.
CRUMBS Bake Shop Reenergize with a special Fashion’s Night Out Cupcake: a white chocolate brownie cupcake with vanilla frosting, white chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle. 303 W Madison Ave (312-263-6500, crumbs.com) 6-11pm.
Express Get ready to smize, because cast members from America’s Next Top Model All Stars will visit Express to show customers how to work the camera and will even pose with you. Snacks and mocktails will be served along with deep discounts. 676 N Michigan Ave (312-944-5770, express.com). 6–11pm.
Forever 21 A stylist will be on hand to help you pick out a new fall wardrobe. Customers will also get a free gift with purchase. 540 N Michigan Ave (312-329-0485, forever21.com) 6-10pm.
Georg Jensen Hope you’re feeling lucky when you stop by Georg Jensen, because you can enter to win a Fusion 18-karat gold friendship bracelet. And while you’re there, check out the new fall collection and enjoy cocktails. 959 N Michigan Ave (312-642-9160, georgjensen.com/us). 6–9pm.
La PerlaGuests can take a trip back in time as they view La Perla’s roaring 20’s Fall/Winter collection. Champagne and chocolate will be served. 535 N Michigan Ave (312-494-0400, laperla.com) 6-11pm.
Macy’s on State Street Can’t get enough of the Real Housewives? Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards cohosts the “Runway to Reality” fashion presentation with TV host and entertainment reporter Marcellas Reynolds at 7:30pm. Kelly Osbourne also adds some star power to the event. Don’t forget to check out the store’s famous window displays as they come to life with a Fashion Incubator installation. 111 N State St (312-781-1000, macys.com). 6–11pm.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Don’t ask us why, but bubbly seems like an obvious drink of choice when shopping at this designer’s store. Which is perfect, because you’ll enjoy mini Champagne cans and receive a limited-edition Marc Jacobs carnival tote bag tonight. 1714 N Damen Ave (773-276-2998, marcjacobs.com). 6–10pm.
Neiman Marcus In addition to a fashion show, rockin’ beats and bites from Mercadito, Lockwood and 25 Degrees, guests can experience Chicago artists doing live fashion illustrations.
900 Shops This event offers the chance to party with Bravo fashion guru Brad Goreski (The Rachel Zoe Project), a flash fashion show and complimentary beauty services, such as lash extensions and mini manicures. Guests can participate in tastings from various Chicago restaurants, including David Burke’s Primehouse and 2 Sparrows. Stores throughout the mall will extend special offers. 900 N Michigan Ave (312-915-3916, shop900.com). 6–9pm.
Oak Street This posh shopping street may have the best prizes up for grabs tonight. Look for a $1,000 Moncler coat, $250 gift certificates to Scoop NYC and Kate Spade, as well as dinner for two at Le Colonial. You’ll get a raffle ticket with every purchase at participating shops. Some individual store highlights: Bonpoint is kid-friendly with face painting for the little ones and Champagne for the adults. Sofia owner Ashley Zisook offers styling tips, and you’ll find complimentary hair style and coloring consultations at Marianne Strokirk Salon. Oak St between Michigan Ave and State St (312-217-0588, oakstreetchicago.com/fno). 5–8pm.
Saks Fifth Avenue If your love of shoes would make Carrie Bradshaw jealous, Saks is a must-attend. It’s all about the kicks here with designer Brian Atwood unveiling 10022-SHOE, the department store’s new shoe floor. Guests will mingle with the accessories designer and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. R.S.V.P. with an e-mail to RSVPchicago@s5a.com. 700 N Michigan Ave (312-944-6500, saksfifthavenue.com). 6–9pm.
The Shops at Northbridge Receive styling tips from Chicago Magazine fashion editors, sample treats from Big Bowl, Buca di Beppo and California Pizza Kitchen, and enter to win one of ten fashion packages. You’ll find a bevy of events throughout the mall, including options at Nordstrom, a virtual scavenger hunt at Forever 21. Customers can download the SCVNGR app and complete a short list of fun challenges to earn rewards. Check in at your favorite store for special offers. 520 N Michigan Ave (312-327-2300, theshopsatnorthbridge.com). 6–9pm.
Sir & Madame Guests can enjoy live entertainment, cocktails and shopping incentives. 938 N Damen Ave (773-489-6660, sirandmadame.com) 6-10pm.
Ted Baker London Receive a limited edition tote with any purchase and you'll also get a special treat just for stopping by. Don't forget to enjoy Brit tunes from a DJ and Champagne. 1009-1011 N Rush St (312-255-0290, tedbaker.com) 6-9pm.
True Religion Brand Jeans Shoppers can enjoy a free gift with any purchase and check out the latest denim styles for fall. 2202 N Halsted St (773-281-9590, truereligionbrandjeans.com) 6-9pm.
UGG Australia There's been a lot of talk about UGG's new men’s line and you can check it out tonight along with all the other new offerings. The DJ will be taking song requests throughout the evening from live tweets. 909 N Rush St (312-255-1280, uggaustralia.com) 6-11pm.
Water Tower Place This Mag Mile mall is featuring unique offerings such as a mother-daughter dessert-decorating event at American Girl Place and Pretzelpalooza at Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Typical FNO offerings include the opportunity design your own handbag at Vera Bradley as well as personal styling tips at White House | Black Market. Betsey Johnson’s boutique is hosting an Urban Glamour Party featuring live models, cupcakes and cookies. 835 N Michigan Ave (312-440-3166, shopwatertower.com). 5–9pm.
ZARA Keep the Champagne buzz going while you check out Zara’s fall collection. 700 N Michigan Ave (312-255-8123, zara.com) 6-9pm.