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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


Boutique Veruca Salt, 521 N. Kingsbury, will play host to designer Shavonne Dorsey, a new face on the Chicago fashion scene, with a trunk show from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

Siobhan Apparel, the name of Dorsey's newly launched clothing company, aims to celebrate the different silhouettes of women.

Dorsey will also offer fashion consultations at the trunk show.


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.


Who doesn't love spinning giant wheels?

Stop in at Fix Boutique, 1101 W. Fulton, between now and Wednesday, March 31, for your chance to spin the Wheel of Fashion!

Depending on where you land, you can score various discounts, including 20 percent off jeans, or a $10 gift certificate to use on anything in the store. Those who land on the special "fix" slice will receive a special discount (and owners Maggie and Jennifer Gelber promise it's a good one!).

Happy spinning!

This adorable new Calvin Klein Shirtdress is $128 at Macy's and

See what Macy's has to offer in spring fashion at their Designer Shopping Party at 5:30 Thursday, March 11, at the 28 Shop on the Third Floor of Macy's on State (111 N. State in Chicago).

A fashion presentation will highlight designers such as Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel, Yohji Yamamoto and more. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres included.

Call (800) 329-8667 to RSVP and snag a spot. The event is free. If you attend, let me know how it was and what your favorite looks were!

Get a discount on any new Gap denim purchase, including these Straight Fit Jeans for men, 54.50 (in classic dark blue wash).

If you're like me, you have a tall, messy pile of denim in your closet, and the bottom 6 or 7 pair of jeans never see the light of day.

From now until Sunday, you can stop by Gap, GapKids or babyGap and drop off your old denim, and the jeans will be converted into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation and donated to communities in need.

In return, you'll receive a 30 percent discount on new any denim in the store.

For this project, Gap has teamed up with COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN, an organization started in 2006 that converts denim to the UltraTouch Cotton Fiber Insulation and donates it to help with building efforts for communities in need.


Want a cute free tote from A'GACI?

The store's street team will be handing out flyers from noon to 2 p.m. today, January 28, at the intersection of State and Congress.

Bring a flyer in to A'GACI at 107 S. State today to claim your tote! (No store purchase is necessary.)


Adorable gifts boutique Virtu, 2034 N. Damen, is offering a handful of sales this month: 10 percent off everything in the store; selected items are 20 to 40 percent off. All sales are final, and the sales last through January 31.

The cute little Bucktown shop offers stationary, greeting cards, candles, jewelry, ceramics and other home items. Virtu also sells a line of jewelry I love called Poppi, which makes beautiful cocktail-style rings made of glass beads. I'm a huge fan of the rings because they look great with either a dress or a casual, T-shirt-and-jeans look.

If anyone gets the Virtu newsletter, you'll know owner Julie Horowitz Jackson loves to chat. Her lengthy e-mails include in-depth descriptions of new store items, sale announcements, and she loves to thank her customers for being so faithful over the years.

Now you can follow her on Facebook, where she'll post information -- in much shorter form -- about sales and store events.

Happy sale shopping!


Avoid the painfully long mall lines and head over to children's boutique Twinkle Twinkle Little One, 3224 N. Damen, for Santa photos between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, December 12.

The shop's also offering a 10 percent discount on all non-sale items.
Holiday treats will be served.

This Saturday, November 7, is Macy's 102nd Annual Great Tree Lighting ceremony. Does this seem really early to anyone else? My East Lakeview neighborhood is still recovering from Halloween.

But in celebration of the event, Macy's on State is also holding a Family Fun Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on the 5th Floor (Kids Department). Kids can expect face painting and balloon twisting, plus they can decorate an ornament with the words "wish," "believe," imagine" and "dream" to take home. The event is free.

A second Family Fun Day will be held November 21.

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