Gal Pal Valentine’s Party at Madewell

Madewell celebrates the launch of Madewell Intimates, its new line of understated bralettes and undies, with a girls’ night. Bring gal pals and hang out with future BFFs as you shop the collection, make custom valentines and enjoy some sips and treats.

One lucky lady will win a $50 gift card,* plus everyone can score a free Pintrill® pin with a purchase of $125 or more.** Bonus: 10 percent of total sales from all Madewell stores during the launch event will go to Girls, Inc., a nonprofit that’s all about building confidence in young girls. RSVP now and we’ll see you there (!).

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Thursday, February 9th, 6-8pm


Oak Street After Hours



An evening of fabulous holiday fun on Chicago’s luxury shopping destination

Tuesday, December 6     |      5:00 – 8:00 PM

Visit any participating store to pick up your Oak Street After Hours Passport, which gives you exclusive access to the evening’s in-store events and special offers.  Collect a stamp at each store you visit – the more stamps you collect, the more entries you’ll receive for the Oak Street After Hours raffle, featuring gifts, services and experiences from Oak Street stores including a $500 gift certificate to a participating Oak Street business of your choice. End the evening with special offers from Oak Street restaurants Del Frisco’s and Fig & Olive!

Register online HERE and receive TWO complimentary raffle tickets.


Agent Provocateur     Cadella MedSpa     David Yurman     Escada     Hermes of Paris

Ike Behar     Kate Spade     La Perla     Loro Piana     Madewell     Paul Stuart

Rebecca Minkoff     St. John     Tod’s     Tory Burch    Versace     Wolford


The 9 Hottest Swimsuit Trends for a Hot Chicago Summer

In case you haven’t heard, weather experts are predicting a hot Chicago summer thanks to El Niño.

But for most of us Chicagoans, that isn’t too much of a problem. Given that we spend most of the year bundled up in coats wishing for warm weather, you won’t hear many of us complaining about a little heat.

And if the temps do start to get a little too high, we’ve got the perfect solution…

This city is chock full of gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches that offer a refreshing place to cool off, catch some rays and enjoy the beauty of Chicago.

Just make sure you’re ready for plenty of beach days by getting your hands on this season’s hottest swimsuit styles right here on Oak Street.

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1.  Cut to Cutouts

Showing some skin on the beach doesn’t have to mean baring it all. Thanks to this trend, we’re seeing more and more swimsuits with strategic cutouts that reveal in just the right places. What’s great is that you can choose a suit with cutouts that work for your body type and preferences.

2.  Marvelous Monokini

What’s that by the pool? Is it a one piece? Is it a bikini? No… it’s a monokini! This inventive new hybrid of the one piece and the bikini lets you have it all – it offers all the coverage of a one piece in the back and shows all the skin of a bikini in the back. For many ladies who would rather show their back than their tummy, this is an ideal choice

3.  Heart on Your Sleeve

While many swimsuit styles give you more ways to go bare, this trend is all about more coverage. This season, you’ll see more and more bathing suits with sleeves. For some, it’s about protection from the sun or cold ocean water while others just dig the surfer chick style.

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4.  Minimalist Mailots

There’s something beautifully refreshing about the trend towards super simple one-piece bathing suits. And we love that basic maillots in solid colors or stripes like the ones seen here bring to mind a chic French girl in times gone by, oui?

5.  High Waisted Wonders

For those who love a two-piece but want something more than a barely-there bikini, this high-waisted style is perfect. Not only does it provide a bit more coverage than the average bikini, but it also has a cool vintage feel.

6.  Sporty Spice

If you covet the style of beach volleyball beauties, check out this season’s sporty suits that feature color-blocking, mesh and high nick, sports-bra tops.

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7.  Ruffle Some Feathers

Ruffles have been a big presence in clothing fashion lately, so it’s no surprise that they’ve made their way to swimwear. This cute touch adds a bit of whimsy to your beach or poolside look

8.  Fringe Benefits

Let your inner boho babe have her say this summer with a swimsuit that features fringe, which is very on trend right now in fashion.

9.  Take the Plunge

Here’s another fun way to be sexy without showing too much. One-piece suits with deep, plunging v-necks are hot right now, but just be sure to try on first to make sure that you have enough support where it counts.

This season’s hottest swimsuit styles have a little something for everyone – regardless of your body type or personal taste, you can find a way to embrace the trends.

Decoding the Wedding Guest Dress Code

It’s June and that means one thing…

Wedding season is upon us. Your refrigerator door is probably wallpapered in beautiful, creamy cardstock and it’s starting to feel like there’s another nuptial every weekend.

Besides mustering the energy to attend wedding after wedding, one of the biggest challenges of wedding season is the question of what to wear.Fortunately, most brides and grooms give you a hint about dress code on the invitation. But if you don’t know your black tie from your beach formal, you may need this handy guide to figure out what type of outfit will be most appropriate for each event.

White Tie

The most formal of all, white tie attire is what you see on the red carpet or fancy dinners at the White House.

  • Ladies – Time to pull out all the stops and go full-on glamour! Opt for a floor-length ball gown and don dramatic jewelry, makeup and hair.White & Black Tie
  • Gents – Men should wear the traditional tuxedo that features a long jacket with tails, white vest and bow tie. And don’t forget to make sure your shoes match the formality of your tux. For a bit of fun, you could even throw in white gloves or a stylish hat.

Black Tie

Although still more formal than the average wedding, black tie attire is a rung down the formality scale from white tie.

  • Ladies – For these affairs, you can wear either a long gown or shorter cocktail dress, but if you’d like to err on the side of caution, choose a long gown. As with white tie attire, let the red carpet be your guide and add a fancy updo and your most stunning jewels.
  • Gents – There’s no getting around a tuxedo for a black tie wedding. We suggest a modern design with black bow tie, cummerbund and shoes in patent leather. You can add a bit of personality with unique cufflinks, a subtly colored or patterned cummerbund or stand-out pocket square.

Formal/Black Tie Optional

If you see these words on the invitation, know that black tie attire would be perfectly appropriate but that you can also go slightly less formal.Formal and Beach

  • Ladies – For women, this is pretty much the same as black tie but you may feel more free to wear a formal cocktail dress instead of a gown, if you’d prefer.
  • Gents – You can absolutely still wear a tux, but you can also get away with a dark, formal suit and tie look. Just make sure it fits like a glove and looks dressier than your standard wear-to-work suit.

Beach Formal

You might see this on an invitation to a beach wedding in which the hosts still want to maintain an elegant air that’s a bit above flip flops and sundresses. Think of what you might wear to a fancy restaurant on a summer night.

  • Ladies – It’s best to choose a knee-length or tea-length dress in a light fabric with pretty, flat sandals and a more natural hair and makeup look.
  • Gents – This is the perfect time to wear your linen summer suit or khakis with a lovely linen shirt and simple leather sandals.

Semiformal/Dressy Casual/Cocktail

Essentially, this means that you should dress nicely without going overboard with formality. If you don’t see any reference to attire on the invitation, then you can safely assume that it falls into this category.Cocktail and Casual

  • Ladies – You’ll be right on target in a pretty cocktail dress in any color of your choosing (except white of course) and a cute pair of heels or wedges.
  • Gents – Guys should wear a suit and tie. Depending on the season and time of the wedding, it can be a light or dark suit.


In most cases, a casual wedding means you can wear whatever you’d like but you should avoid things like jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. For a wedding, take “casual” to mean “business casual.”

  • Ladies – Go with a simple sundress or even a nice top with a skirt or pants.
  • Gents – It’s appropriate to wear a nice button down shirt or polo with a pair of dress pants.

In Honor of the National Restaurant Association Convention… Food-Inspired Fashion

Once upon a time, Chicago may have been a basic, Midwestern, meat-and-potatoes kind of town.

But there’s no denying now that The Windy City has become a legitimate and renowned foodie city.

Second only to New York, according to the prestigious James Beard Foundation (40+ chef and restaurant winners), Chicago is one of the world’s premiere cities for innovative and delicious eats.

On the heels of playing host to the 2016 James Beard Awards, our fair city will also soon be welcoming the National Restaurant Association Show.

Most would agree that, for Chicago visitors and residents alike, dining out is an important event. So, we thought we’d help you prepare by suggesting a few fashions that are the perfect match for some of Chicago’s hottest restaurants.


  • Food 1If You Love:

Cutting-edge Molecular Gastronomy from culinary superstars Alinea, Grace, Elizabeth and Schwa…

You’ll Appreciate:

The meticulous craftsmanship of Hermes and Buccellati as well as the bold, playful designs of Stella McCartney and Maison Margiela.

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  • If You Love…

Italian cuisine with a modern twist from top-rated restaurants like Fig & Olive and Spiaggia…

You’ll Appreciate:

Giorgio Armani’s fresh, structural takes on the classics. And when you’re feeling like channeling a bit more of the indulgent, romantic side of Italy’s culture, try the ultra-feminine fashions of Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini.


  • If You Love:Food 3

Fusion cuisine from the likes of culinary mix masters Le Colonial, DeQuay and Thalia Spice…

You’ll Appreciate:

The eclectic and unpredictable designs of Dolce & Gabbana, who use traditional luxury textiles (brocade, embroidery, lace) in inventive and, at times, whimsical ways.

  • If You Love:

Traditional, high end steakhouses like Gibson’s or Del Frisco’s…Food 4

You’ll Appreciate:

Bespoke suits and luxury fabrics from Paul Stuart and Alton Lane for gentlemen and the timeless silhouettes of Escada for ladies.


  • If You Love:Food 5

An enchanting atmosphere when it comes to restaurants like 3 Arts Club Cafe, Nico Osteria, The Allis…

You’ll Appreciate:

The cheerful, photo-ready styles of Kate Spade and the bold colors of Versace would be a perfect fit for you.


The list of amazing Chicago restaurants seems to grow longer by the day, so we know that this is just a small sampling.

What are your favorites that we didn’t mention? And what designers or styles do you think are a good match? Let us know your thoughts by posting your picks on our Facebook or Twitter page.

Bon appétit, friends!

Find The Perfect Gift for Your Grad on Oak Street

Graduating from high school or university is a momentous occasion and a major milestone.

The walk across that stage is a symbolic one that often represents the transition from one stage of life to another. Not to mention the fact that finishing school is an important achievement worthy of recognition.

Put simply, graduates deserve big, hearty pats on the back. And fabulous gifts don’t hurt.

But what to get the accomplished academic who has everything? We’ve got a few ideas…


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If your high school grad is off to university, think about getting them something that will be either very useful or very fun in their new lives as college freshmen.

A Timepiece for Him and Jewelry for Her – When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful watch or piece of jewelry that your graduate can enjoy for many years to come as both a useful accessory and a tangible reminder of the occasion.

Choose pieces that are high-quality but not too fancy. Remember that most college students spend the majority of their time in pretty casual environments, and you want your gift to be one they can enjoy using on a regular basis.

Cool Clothes – If there’s one thing that all college freshmen-to-be have in common it’s their desire to make a good impression on new friends and crushes. Help the cause by visiting a hip store and enlisting the advice of a cool, young salesperson who can steer you in the right direction. But if you want to err on the side of caution, go for a gift certificate so your grad can choose his or her own looks.

Coffee – Remember college? Probably only vaguely amidst the haze of all-night study sessions and all-night parties. Either way, there was a lot of coffee involved. Show your support by gifting a Starbucks card or supplies for making their own java in the dorms.


The best thing you can offer a freshly minted college grad is something that will help launch them into adult life as a successful, prepared and responsible grownup.

Home Stuff – Help your favorite new college degree holder graduate from the ragtag college apartment to more elegantly-appointed digs by gifting both useful and beautiful items they’ll love but probably not think to buy for themselves.

Work Wear – The required wardrobe for college lectures is dramatically different from that of most offices. Get your grad ready for interviews and jobs by giving the gift of professional clothes. And don’t forget classy extras like cardholders and bags.

A New Look – Speaking of presenting a professional appearance, a new hair style or makeup look is an important Graduatepart of any grownup makeover. A gift card to a high-end salon or the makeup counter at Barneys will come in handy for a big boost of confidence before setting off on an important interview.

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By the time most people earn a master’s degree or doctorate, they have most of the stuff they need. What they probably need more than anything is a little fun now that the hard work is over. Show your love by giving them a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant (such as Del Frisco’s, Gibson’s or Spiaggia) gorgeous hotel (like The Drake, Four Seasons or Waldorf Astoria) or luxurious spa (try Cadella Med Spa or NoMI Spa at The Park Hyatt).

A Pet for Every Style at the Oak Street PAWS Adoption Event

One of our very favorite annual events is just around the corner and we could not be more excited!Chance

The Oak Street Council is proud to host the PAWS pet adoption event, Angels with Tails, on Sunday, May 22 along Oak Street, Rush Street and Delaware Place. Come by anytime between noon and 4pm to meet more than 100 puppies, dogs, kittens and cats who all need forever homes.

This is a wonderful opportunity to find a new furry friend and to support a local organization that saves the lives of thousands of animals each year by caring for them and facilitating their adoptions.

PAWS has several adoption requirements, but they make the process easy. The only difficult thing will be choosing which pet to take home, so we thought we’d give you a little guidance…

You: A meat & potatoes type of guy or girl who loves a steak at Del Frisco’s and an oversized watch from Geneva Seal. You have a classic, timeless style and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Your Pet: Chance is a 4-year-old shepherd mix male whose favorite pastimes include playing fetch with a tennis ball and being on the receiving end of endless belly rubs. He’s been dealt a tough hand because his first owner Champagnebecame ill and could no longer care for him, so he’s eager to get back into a loving home.

You: A social single who loves meeting up with friends for happy hour on the patio at Tavern on Rush, going on long walks in the city and staying in shape with the latest fitness craze, like the Bar Method.

Your Pet: Champagne is 2-year-old Pekinese mix male that offers a big personality in a small package. He is playful, affectionate and absolutely Lucy & Ryanadores people. He’s crate trained and a star in obedience class, but he’d prefer to be your only pet. Oh and he likes long walks too – can go for miles in fact!

You: A fun couple who epitomize the phrase, “opposites attract.” You like to be out on the town and your partner is a homebody, but you make it work by bringing out the best in each other. Your shared passions include luxurious spa treatments at the Four Seasons Spa and comfy, buttery soft leather shoes from Tod’s.

Your Pet: Lucy and Ryan come as a pair, just like you and your sweetie. Lucy is 2 years old and Ryan is 3, so you won’t have to deal with crazy kitten chaos, and both are litter box trained already as well. Ryan is the outgoing one and Lucy is a bit shyer at first, but once they feel at home, they both enjoy human cuddles.

SisterYou: A sophisticated urbanite who enjoys the finer things in life, like a perfect handmade pasta with imported parmigiano from Spiaggia or a sumptuously silky Hermès scarf. You may not be a social butterfly but you hold your close circle near and dear.

Your Pet: Sister is a beautiful 2-year-old tabby who can be a little shy when you first meet her, but opens right up when she learns she can trust you. She would love to be in a one-cat home without any kids, who can be loud and scary. You’ll have to be patient at first, but once she feels at home you can bet on seeing Sister’s playful and affectionate side.

These are just a few of the wonderful pets who are up for adoption at PAWS now. But rest assured that if you visit our Angels with Tails event, you’ll find the one that’s just right for you.