And now the latest from the experts at Racked Chicago, covering everything you need to know about the city's best shopping, style, and retail from the sidewalks skyward...
GOLD COAST - Michigan Ave's Neiman Marcus is starting a major renovation that won't be complete until 2014. Kicking this off was the remodel of Chanel, Gucci and Prada's hard shops on the first floor. The next move is the renaming, rebranding and expansion of the contemporary department, making it a Cusp. But wait a minute, what about the Cusp in Water Tower?
LAKESHORE EAST - If you weren't able to make it downtown for the kink show at the International Mr Leather Market, need not fret we've got a photo album of what you missed. Peruse shots of products you could have bought and people you could have seen--hey! It's the weekend, treat yourself to a lightly naughty photo or two.
UPTOWN - Next weekend, The Vintage Bazaar is back for more and we've got the entire list of 99 vendors. Hopefully you're planning on going because this one is inside The Aragon Ballroom (yup, the same place Obama had his birthday party) and you can get a historical tour of the space.
EVERYWHERE - It's nearly beach season and it can be hard to find the right suit. Precisely the reason why we've rounded up and mapped out shops with the largest selections of bikinis and board shorts and the newcomers to the swimwear scene this year. From LaPerla to Athleta and the hotspots in between - your new summer bathing suit is here.