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In today's Shopping column, I previewed the fabulous new Chicago Fashion Incubator Pop-Up Shop, inside the 900 North Michigan Shops. For those of you who have always wanted to support local designers but have never gotten around to it, you really have no excuse now. More than a dozen of Chicago's biggest up-and-coming designers are selling their spring clothing, all in one place, and a lot of it is surprisingly affordable. (I'd say 75 percent of the clothing and accessories are less than $200.)

A quick background on the Chicago Fashion Incubator program, for those who are unfamiliar: For the past three years, the city's Incubator program has mentored
up-and-coming designers, giving them a workspace inside Macy's on State and
helping them start their own businesses. (Think "Project Runway" without the
TV cameras. Or having to make a jumpsuit out of Twizzlers.)

This pop-up shop, which opens today and runs through April 23, features Incubator alumni from the past three years. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday through Wednesday.

And to get better acquainted with the designers, make sure to hit one of these trunk shows, fashion shows or meet-and-greets that will be held next door to the pop-up shop:

March 18: noon to 5 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Trunk show
March 19: noon to 5 p.m. - Meet and Greet with Nora del Busto
March 20: noon to 5 p.m. - 2011 DIR Meet and Greet
March 24: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Agga B. Trunk Show
March 25: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Agga B. Trunk Show
March 26: noon to 3 p.m. - Evil Kitty Trunk Show
March 26: 5 to 10 p.m. - Anna Hovet Fashion Show

April 1: noon to 6 p.m. - Dottie's Delights & Miriam Cecilia Manicures & Mocktails
April 2: noon to 5 p.m. - Spring into Glamour and the Future with Evil Kitty
April 3: 1 to 5 p.m. - Anna Hovet Trunk Show
April 3: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Buyer's Brunch
April 7: 6 to 9 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Fashion Show
April 8: 4 to 7 p.m. - Alidade Trunk Show
April 8: 8 to 10 p.m. - Zamrie Fashion Show
April 9: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. -Dottie's Delights Spring Pin Up Photo Shoot Event
April 10: noon to 3 p.m. - Zamrie Trunk Show
April 15: 6 to 9 p.m. - Nonnie Threads Trunk Show
April 15: 6 to 9 p.m. - Miriam Cecilia Fashion Show
April 16: 2 to 6 p.m. - Alidade Trunk Show
April 17: noon to 5 p.m. - Kristin Hassan Trunk Show
April 17: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Nora del Busto Trunk Show
April 21: 6 to 9 p.m. - Killian Gui Informal Presentation

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