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Re.Stock Shop, a traveling designer sample sale in Chicago, will be stopping at 1452 N. Milwaukee from 4 to 7 today to offer savings of up to 80 percent off on new designer clothing.

Save on the following designers: Kensie Denim, Ted Baker, Five Crown Tees, Heavy Rotation, New Breed, Interlud, Scrapbook, Earnest Sewn, 213 Industry, Modern Amusement, Divine Wear, JLee Silver, Bjorn Borg, Industry, Divine Wear, Me el, Hollister, SuperDry, Rolleez and more.

Shop more than two dozen local designers, including JLee Silver, Thursday at FashionChicago in River North.

I write about a ton of free shopping events in the city. To me, there's nothing better than a free shopping party -- cocktails included -- as a night out with your girlfriends.

But every once in awhile a party with a cover comes along that's worth the cost. is hosting FashionChicago 2010 -- from 5 to 9 p.m. this Thursday, April 29, at 233 W. Huron -- an event perfect for those who'd love to wear and support Chicago fashion designers.

Tickets are $15 ($16.99 with a service fee) for general admission, or $25 ($26.99 with a service fee) for a VIP ticket (which means you get a goodie bag).

Now, that may seem steep for a shopping party, but you'll be able to chat with more than two dozen designers and shop their collections in person. Since many of the designers only sell their clothing online, this will be your chance to try on everything to get the perfect fit. Plus, you'll save those pesky online shipping costs.

Still not sure it's worth the admission price? Don't worry, there will be cocktails. Try wines from HobNob Wines and cocktails from Z-Rated Fusion Liqueur, as well as appetizers from Nacional 27 and RA Sushi.

Designers at the event will include eco-goddess Lara Miller, Vaute Couture, Objets d' Envy, Horacio Nieto, Jess Audey, JLee Silver (shown above), Nora del Busto, Elise Bergman and more. Guests must be 21.

Happy local shopping!

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Incorporate some eco-fashion into your bevy of bags with this tote from Fix Boutique, 1101 W. Fulton, free with any purchase throughout the month of April.

The tote is made of 100 percent biodegradable and sustainable bamboo, and can be used as a plastic bag substitute. So you'll be helping to save the earth and your funds simultaneously!

Don't you just love Earth month?

The men and women's boutique is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; by appointment only on Sunday. Call (312) 226-4565 for more info or to make an appointment.

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Pay a visit to le Dress, 1741 W. Division. Co-owners Robyn (left) and Eva Anderson in their boutique last November. Keith Hale~Sun-Times photo

Save that pesky 10.25 percent we normally pay in tax during Wicker Park and Bucktown's tax-free event starting today, April 15, to Sunday, April 18.

Here's a list of participating shops (look for a sign in the windows this weekend):

Sapere Art, 1579 North Milwaukee (Studio 341 in the Flat Iron Building)
Claudia Kleiner/Malabar, 1872 N. Damen
The Red Balloon Co., 2060 N. Damen
Virtu, 2034 N. Damen
Niche/City Soles, 2001 W. North Avenue
New'd, 1917 W. Division
Bullfrogs and Butterflies, 2124 W. Division
Anastasia Chatzka, 1740 W. Division
Event Studio, 2027 W. Division
le Dress, 1741 West Division (tax-free shopping only Saturday and Sunday)
Elevenzees, 1901 W. Division
Noir, 1726 W. Division
Building Blocks, 2130 W. Division

In addition to Bucktown and Wicker Park, stop by these places if you want to ditch the tax:

Londo Mondo, 1110 N. Dearborn and 2148 N. Halsted, from now until Friday, April 16.

Hubba Hubba, 3309 N. Clark, now until April 30. (Get a 20.10 percent off your purchase!)

The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins in South Barrington, Thursday, April 15 only. (Also on Thursday, get an additional 25 percent off at LOFT, formerly Ann Taylor Loft.)

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