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50K Books at 50% Off; White Elephant Closing; Cucinelli Now Open

And now, the latest from Racked Chicago, covering shopping and retail from the sidewalks up.

GOLD COAST - Luxe Italian label, Brunello Cucinelli has opened in the troubled Rush Street storefront between Oliver Peoples and Le Colonial. Starting with the Autumn / Winter collection the store is one of the first to get the newest fabrics and fur choices the brand is known for.

RIVER NORTH - Good-hearted (and very colorful) book store, Open Books is having their annual sidewalk sale this weekend where over 50,000 books, already priced to move will be marked at an additional 50% off.

LINCOLN PARK - The White Elephant has been open and aiding Children's Memorial Hospital for 93 Years. This November, that all comes to an end when the building will go up for sale. The store will not relocate, but does have seasonal plans.

EVERYWHERE - This September, Chicago's ultimate model citizen, Jennifer Hudson will launch her own clothing line with QVC. The first looks have been released and will not surprisingly, be available in sizes ranging from Jennifer's former size 16 to her current size 6.