Stress-Free Black Friday Shipping

It’s that time of year to start packing up spooky Halloween decorations, putting down the PSL’s and start preparing for the holiday season. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It’s a time to score great deals, get bonus rewards, and take part in the holiday fun. Unfortunately, holiday shopping can get very stressful. Stores can be crowded, you may have a long list of people to shop for, or you may have no idea what type of gifts to buy. Here at Oak Street Chicago, we want to make your Chicago shopping experience as stress-free as possible this holiday season. Check it out!

Serene Chicago Shopping

Avoid the Black Friday shopping mall pandemonium and head to the Oak Street boutiques. Oak Street’s luxurious boutiques pride themselves on offering a serene Chicago shopping experience.Many Oak Street stores will be offering shoppers complimentary cappuccinos and glasses of prosecco. Complimentary gift wrapping is available which will allow you to have time to shop for yourself! Experienced stylists can help you find the perfect outfit for your New Years Eve blow out or your office holiday party. Stylists and sales associates can also help you find the perfect gift for family and friends that are difficult to shop for.

Plan Your Black Friday Shopping

Start your Black Friday shopping day with a luxurious facial or blowout at one of our salons on Oak Street. You can also take a break from your Chicago shopping to enjoy a light lunch at Cafe Spiaggia to fuel you for a full day of shopping. Once you are done with your shopping, kick back and have a drink at the Viceroy or the Thompson.

Visit Oak Street Chicago to do your Chicago shopping on Black Friday! View our store, restaurant, and hotel directory here.

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Where to Shop on the 4th of July

Liberty, Justice and Shopping for All

The 4th of July is a great day for backyard barbeques and fireworks, but it’s also a great day for shopping.  Why?  Stores tend to be less busy, which means you can enjoy an even more personalized shopping experience.  Although many of the boutique on Oak Street are closed for the holiday, here are some that we highly recommend for those who want to exercise their right to shop.



America’s most luxurious department store offers a sophisticated oasis from the Americana kitsch often associated with the 4th of July.  From the lower level cosmetics department to stunning views from the terrace at Fred’s, the 6th floor restaurant, Barneys has something for every shopper. 4th of July hours:  11am to 6pm


Kate spade 1

All-American girls love Kate Spade’s bright, colorful and often whimsical clothing and accessories.  The brand’s Oak Street boutique is located inside a historic Chicago brownstone, so the outside is just as delightful as what can be found inside.  4th of July hours:  12pm to 5pm


Dolce and Gabanna

The fabulous window displays alone make a compelling reason to visit the Italian brand’s Oak Street boutique.  But those who step inside will be treated to an even more enticing display of impeccably tailored clothing and finely crafted accessories.  Don’t forget to pick up a pair of D&G’s signature sunnies on your way to Oak Street Beach.  4th of July hours:  12pm to 6pm


Tory burch store

Walking into Tory Burch’s Oak Street boutique is like being a guest in the home of an impossibly stylish and welcoming hostess.  Make yourself comfy on the oversized couches in the 2nd floor shoe salon while you try on the American designer’s signature flats and sandals, available in dozens of colors and patterns (might we suggest something in a red, white or blue)?  4th of July hours:   11am to 6pm

The Best Patios in Chicago

In Chicago, there are two seasons:  Winter and Patio.  The Oak Street District happens to have some of the best outdoor dining (and the best people-watching) in the city.  Herewith, a look at some of our favorites:

Most Historic:  Del Frisco’s (58 E. Oak (312) 888-2499)


This glamorous steakhouse is housed in what was once the Esquire, a single-screen, 1,400-seat movie theater built in 1938.  The cinema is gone, but there is still plenty to look at from Del Frisco’s beautiful terrace.

Best Rainy Day Option:  Fig & Olive (104 E. Oak (312) 445-0060)

Fig and Olive

On clear days, fashionable guests flock to this Mediterranean eatery’s lovely terrace.  But when the clouds set it, diners can still get that al fresco feel, thanks to the space’s bright, airy atrium and lush olive tree.

Quintessential Chicago:  Gibson’s (1028 N. Rush, (312) 266-8999)


Ever since it opened in 1989, Gibson’s has been a must-visit Chicago dining destination for celebrities, tourists, and locals alike.  Cozy heat lamps mean the patio can be open early in the Spring and well into Fall.

Best People-Watching:  Tavern on Rush (1031 N. Rush, (312) 664-9600)

Tavern on Rush

A prime location on the lively corner of Rush and Bellevue means that diners get the best view of all the comings-and-goings of the Gold Coast set, while also enjoying the privacy of Tavern’s oversized umbrellas.

Foodie’s Paradise:  Nico Osteria (1015 N. Rush, (312) 994-7100)


From the team behind Chicago’s celebrated One Off Hospitality Group, this sophisticated spot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Chef Erling Wu-Bower’s menu changes daily and boasts farm-to-table cuisine that is both rustic and refined.

Hidden Gem:  NoMi Garden at The Park Hyatt (800 N. Michigan Avenue (312) 239-4030)


Nestled seven floors above the hustle-and-bustle of Michigan Avenue, NoMi Garden is a quiet oasis serving artfully-crafted cocktails, flawless wines and a seasonal menu.  Their weekend brunch is also one of the best in town.

Morgan Reed @ Madewell

MORGAN REED @ Madewell

June 18 | 2-4pm


Meet our Hometown Heroes

aka the local creatives, designers and makers who inspire our communities. Shop their picks and enjoy sips, snacks and 20% off your Madewell purchase of $125 or more.

Madewell Rush Street (932 N. Rush)

Dad-Types and What to Give Them This Father’s Day

There are all different kinds of Dads, but one thing they have in common:  they can be very hard to shop for.   This Father’s Day, the Oak Street District, Chicago’s luxury shopping destination, has some gift ideas to help you find the perfect thing for all the Dads on your Father’s Day shopping list.

Dad-Type:  Sporty Dad (Dwayne Wade)

He’s a regular on his gym’s basketball court, he never misses a chance to play catch, and he still has his varsity letterman’s jacket from high school.

Dwayne Wade collage

Bomber jacket with embroidered toucan,  wool trousers with side piping (CH Carolina Herrera, 70 E. Oak, 312-988-9339);  Sneakers, sunglasses (Versace, 933 N. Rush, 312-445-9750);  Task Essential Wash-off Body Shower Gel, $25 (Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak, 312-587-1700)

Dad-Type: Cool Dad (Denzel Washington)

Whether it’s a board meeting, a cocktail party or a parent-teacher conference, he’s always the coolest guy in the room (and effortlessly so).

Denzel Washington Collage

Ricky Skyblue floral print sport shirt, $245(Ike Behar, 67 E. Oak, 312-624-9257); Crystal Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 2, $140 (Christofle, 40 E. Oak, 312-619-3700); Barton Perreira Princeton sunglasses, $395 (Barneys New York, 15 E. Oak, 312-587-1700); Steak Frites & Whiskey Pour, $45 (Coq d’Or at The Drake Chicago, 140 E. Walton Place, 312-787-2200)

Dad-Type:  Type-A Dad (Mitchell Pritchett , as played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson)

His ties are organized by color, his email inbox’s subfolders have subfolders, and he’s already made dinner reservations for your next three birthdays. 

Jesse Tyler Ferguson collage

Leather Tote, glasses, woven leather document holder (Versace, 933 N. Rush, 312-445-9750); Silver Plated Mail Tray, $280 (Christofle, 40 E. Oak, 312-619-3700); Stripe cotton pajamas, $247 (Paul Stuart, 107 E. Oak, 312-640-2650); Cosmetic services including Botox, jawline treatments and eyelid rejuvenation (Cadella Medical Spa and Wellness Center, 34 E. Oak, 6th floor, 312-915-0195)

Dad-Type:  Stylish Dad (David Beckham)

He knows the difference between a Windsor knot and a Four-in-Hand, his tailor is on speed dial, his “Dad jeans” are by Tom Ford.

David Beckham collage

Graffstar Slim 43mm Rose Gold Black Dial timepiece and Icon Cufflinks Rose Gold, both price upon request (Graff Chicago, 103 E. Oak, 312-604-1000,; Thom Browne Classic Chelsea Boot (George Greene, 49 E. Oak, 312-654-2490); Round Steel Box with Taupe Leather Cover, $215 (Christofle, 40 E. Oak, 312-619-3700); Paros billfold (Christian Louboutin, 58 E. Oak, 312-337-8200); Suede Medium envelope bag, $2,165 (Tod’s, 121 E. Oak, 312-943-0700)


Dad-Type: Adventurous Dad (Bear Grylls)

He can setup a campsite quicker than you can say “glamping,” his preferred method of travel is by motorcycle, and he’s never met a street-food he didn’t like.

Bear Grylls collage

Globe Trotter Luggage (George Greene, 49 E. Oak, 312-654-2490); Leather boots, nylon sandals (Versace, 933 N. Rush, 312-445-9750); Patek Philippe Men’s Calatrava in white gold with ebony black sunburst and silvery gray dial.  Featuring a mechanical, self-winding movement, $30,619 (Patek Philippe & Rolex Boutiques by Razny Jewelers, 109 E. Oak 312-663-8500); Linen button-up in army green, $225, and relaxed vintage cargo, $275 (VINCE, 106 E. Oak, 312-280-6890)

Baselworld @ Razny Jewelers

Baselworld 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 4-8p

Razny Jewelers, 109 E Oak Street, Chicago IL

Baselworld 2017, a special event by Rolex.  New watches from Baselworld 2017 will be displayed for an exclusive company of horology aficionados. RSVP to by May 31st.