From 75 percent off designer clothes to free makeup samples to wedding dresses on the cheap, these fun events could be very worthy of your time this weekend (and let me know what you find!):
1. STARTING FRIDAY, JAN. 9: END OF SEASON SALE AT ROBIN RICHMAN IN BUCKTOWN
Selected clothing, shoes and accessories will be 75 percent off until it's gone at Robin Richman, 2108 N. Damen (773-278-6150). Designers include Hussein Chalayan, Gary Graham, Annett Rostel, Dusica Dusica and Minden Chan. Winter hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday.
2. SATURDAY, JAN. 10: GET BEAUTY TIPS, FREE SAMPLES AT ANY SEPHORA
Stop by any Sephora on Saturday to sit down with Sephora's skincare pros and leave armed with the ultimate beauty arsenal: an exclusive bag filled with samples of skincare products. Check with your local Sephora for details and to make your appointment. Go to www.sephora.com to find your nearest store.
3. SATURDAY, JAN. 10: CAROLINE DEVILLO THIRD ANNUAL WEDDING DRESS SAMPLE SALE
Stop by Caroline DeVillo Couture, 1616 N. Damen Avenue, Suite 301 (773-342-0096) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for this once-a-year sample sale. Couture wedding gowns from the local designer are an incredible 25 to 75 percent off. Arrive early for the best selection. (The Doris dress, shown in photo above, is $2,300 but will be 70 percent off at the sample sale!)
4. JUST GOT CHANGED TO FRIDAY, JAN. 16!: NARS COSMETICS MASTER CLASS AT NORDSTROM
Still not sure you've mastered your eyeliner technique? Grab a few girlfriends and stop by between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue to learn the tricks of the trade during a NARS cosmetics master class. To RSVP or for more information, call (312) 464-1515. (Also, there's a pretty good Online Winter Sale going on right now at Nordstrom.com. Selected women's apparel, shoes and accessories are 40 percent off. Sale is online only.)
5. THROUGH ALL OF JANUARY: BIG SALE AT ALAMO SHOES IN ANDERSONVILLE
Snag big savings at the family-owned Alamo Shoes at 5321 N. Clark (773-784-8936). A few items on sale for women: Tsubo Boots, $49.99 (zappos.com sells for $140); Merrell Encore Chill Stitch Boot, $119.99 (retails for $150); Keen shoes on the sales rack for $45 (retail up to $90). All girls (kids) fashion boots are half off. Plus, Alamo offers this special: No sales tax on Ugg boots. Enjoy! Hours: 9 a.m. to p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.