Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers – it’s for best friends, close confidants, and families formed by both shared bloodlines and shared experiences.  Valentine’s Day is a time to show all the loves of your life how much they mean to you.  And while they’d no doubt cherish a sweet card and a warm hug, why not treat them to an extra-special gift that they won’t soon forget? Herewith, some of the our favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas from the shops, restaurants and hotels of the Oak Street District.



For your favorite gal-on-the-go, CH Carolina Herrera’s Initials Insignia Bag is just the right size for all her adventures.


Show her that your love is timeless and eternal with Harry Winston’s Ocean Valentine’s Day Automatic 36mm timepiece.  Bathed by a splash of superlative white diamonds, the timepiece features a retrograde seconds counter at 6 o’clock fashioned in the shape of a heart and picked out in different shades of pink sapphires and red rubies.


Designed exclusively for Valentine’s Day 2018, La Perla’s Maison robe in blush silk is perfect for home or travel.  Part of the Italian brand’s Heritage Collection, each Maison piece is handcrafted from specially source silk and finished with antique Florentine embroidery.


She’s one of a kind, so this Valentine’s Day gift her a custom-monogrammed leather bag or wallet from Madewell.  Psst…Monogramming is FREE when you’re a Madewell Insider (which you should definitely become, because she’s definitely going to want more gifts from this cool-girl brand).


You always see your love through rose-colored classes, so might we suggest Gentz and Sunny S-eyed Up, two new sunglass styles from Morgenthal Frederics.  These two playful styles, designed by the esteemed Rosie Assoulin, are handcrafted from titanium and acetate in Japan and finished with flat, rose-colored lenses.


All the ladies in your life will be dazzled by Pomellato’s colorful new bangles from its M’AMA NON M’AMA collection – Italian for “loves me, loves me not.” This emotive catchphrase captures the unpredictable nature of true love, as M’AMA NON M’AMA crafts a gem for every feeling, and a brilliant gem color for every emotion.



Show him that he has the key to your heart with a beautiful leather keychain from Prada.  And for your lady love?  She’ll be happy to hold your keys (and your wallet and your phone) when you give her Prada’s Monochrome Chain Bag in saffiano leather ($1,350).



Visit Razny Jewelers for that unpredictable gift she’ll love!  Pictured here: Timepiece by Patek Philippe, Necklace by Memoire.


Whether he’s boarding a plane to Istanbul or just boarding the subway to work, the stylish gentleman in your life is sure to love the Runwell Backpack from Shinola.  Made with American leather, this sturdy carryall features adjustable padded shoulder straps, a deluxe top-carry handle, silver tone hardware and interior pockets for his laptop and phone.


Throughout February, The Talbott and 20 East want to recreate couples’ first dates as part of a love-filled hotel package. The 20 East culinary team will prepare the meal from their first date and serve it in the hotel’s oh-so-romantic Gallery Room. After enjoying the incredible meal, champagne, strawberries, and chocolate will be awaiting the couple in their suite.


The cutest couple you know will be even cuter with coordinating Ted Baker sneakers.  The DUUKE and KULEIC styles feature buttery leather uppers and sporty rubber soles.


Margeaux  at Waldorf Astoria Chicago will offer a specialty Valentine’s Menu on February 10th, 14th, 16th and 17th, reservations available on Open Table. On Valentine’s Day from 5-10pm Margeaux will have a pop-up flower shop by Luxe Bloom. Guests can pre-order or design their custom gift when they arrive and it will be created while they dine, ready for pick-up as soon as the last bite of delicious dessert is devoured! To pre-order guests can fill out the attached form or contact 312.492.7772Petit Margeaux is offering a Valentine’s Week bundle of 4 specialty macaroons and a split of Moët Sparkling Rosé for $25, available from February 9th through 18th.  Finally, to celebrate Galentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 13th Petit Margeaux will offer $5 glasses of Rosé all day and Margeaux will offer $5 glasses of Rosé during dinner service.  For more information, please see the attachments or visits our website here:

Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 : Oak Street Edition

Chicago’s 11th Annual Restaurant Week, when the city’s most exciting restaurants offer exclusive prix fixe menus, kicks off on January 26 through February 8. Several Oak Street restaurants will be joining in the fun with inventive dining options that are sure to please even the most discerning palate.


Cafe Spiaggia’s Kale & Mushroom Salad

Café Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave) has a newly renovated space to go with their $22 lunch and $44 dinner Restaurant Week menus:
• 1st course: Choice of kale and mushroom salad or zuppa Toscana
• 2nd course: Choice of peppernota and mozzarella crostino or lumache
• Dessert: Choice of torta nonina or affogato
• 1st course: Choice of kale and mushroom salad or fluke crudo
• 2nd course: Choice of farfalle or lumachel
• 3rd course: Choice of mussels or porcheta
• Dessert: Choice of affogato or tiramisu


Carrot Tortellini from Fred’s at Barneys

Fred’s at Barneys (15 E. Oak, on the 6th floor of Barneys New York) offers both a lunch menu for $22 and a dinner menu for $44:
• 1st course: Choice of sunchoke puree or winter vegetable salad
• 2nd course: Choice of smoked chicken ravioli, king salmon, short rib cannelloni or Fred’s spaghetti
• Dessert: Choice of butterscotch budino or pear and almond tart
• 1st course: Choice of sunchoke puree, winter vegetable salad, ahi tuna crudo, oysters Rockefeller, cauliflower gnocchi, or grilled king crab
• Main course: Choice of Choice of smoked chicken ravioli, king salmon, short rib or carrot tortellini
• Dessert: Choice of butterscotch budino or pear and almond tart


Enticing plates from Margeaux Brasserie

Margeaux Brasserie (11 E. Walton, inside the Waldorf Astoria Chicago) will feature a special prix fixe 3-course dinner menu for $33 featuring:
• 1st course: Choice of smoked salmon tartine, roasted red kuri squash and baby kale salad, or potage of potato and leek
• Main course: Choice of blanquette de veau, pan roasted scallops or Parisian gnocchi
• Dessert: Choice of pot de crème or Paris-brest



For more information on these or other delicious options, visit the Chicago Restaurant Week web site here.

Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Love Harry Winston

The House of Harry Winston had some standout moments at the 2018 Golden Globes.  Here are some of our favorites.


VIOLA DAVIS – Presenter

Wearing 120 Carats of Harry Winston Diamonds

  • Secret Combination Diamond Necklace, 111.48 carats, set in platinum
  • Round Brilliant Diamond Earstuds, 8 carats, set in platinum
  • Traffic Diamond Ring, 1.49 carats, set in platinum





KATE HUDSON – Presenter

Wearing Vintage Harry Winston Diamond Earrings

  • Secret Wonder Diamond, Sapphire & Aquamarine Pendant, 30.01 carats, set in platinum
  • Vintage 1969 Winston Cluster Diamond Earrings, 23.12 carats, set in platinum
  • Radiant-Cut Yellow Diamond Ring, 20.80 carats, set in 18k yellow gold and platinum







SALMA HAYEK – Presenter


Wearing More Than $5 Million of Harry Winston Diamonds

  • Yellow Diamond Winston Cluster Diamond Necklace, 81.95 carats, set in 18k yellow gold and platinum
  • Yellow Diamond Drop Earrings with Diamond Cluster Accents, 11.92 carats, set in 18k yellow gold and platinum
  • Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring, 11.52 carats, set in platinum




CLAIRE FOY – Nominee Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series -Drama

  • Sparkling Cluster Diamond Earrings, 4.25 carats, set in platinum
  • Radiant-Cut Diamond Rock Band, 7.7 carats, set in platinum
  • Oval Cut Diamond Rock Band, 8.97 carats, set in platinum








Wearing 29 Carats of Classic Harry Winston Diamonds

  • V-Shape Diamond Necklace, 18.91 carats, set in platinum
  • Emerald-Cut Diamond Earstuds, 6.32 carats, set in platinum
  • Diamond Band Ring, 2.08 carats, set in platinum
  • Pave Diamond Band Ring, .73 carats, set in platinum
  • V-Shape Diamond Band Ring, 1.54 carats, set in platinum






  • Winston Cluster Diamond Flower Earrings, 8.19 carats, set in platinum
  • Sunflower Diamond Twin Ring, 1.81 carats, set in platinum







HELEN MIRREN – Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Comedy or Musical

 Wearing Harry Winston’s Iconic Diamond Wreath Necklace

  • Winston Cluster Diamond Wreath Necklace, 46.94 carats, set in platinum
  • Secret Cluster Diamond Earrings, 8.25 carats, set in platinum
  • Ruby and Diamond Flower Ring, 10.36 carats, set in platinum

Razny Jewelers Opens a New Watch Servicing Center in Downtown Chicago

Just in time for the holiday season, Razny Jewelers has renovated the third-floor of their glamourous Gold Coast boutique to house a timepiece repair department, complete with  SAWTA and WOSTEP certified watchmakers. It is now available to both clients and first-time visitors.

Located in Chicago’s luxury shopping district, Razny Jewelers unveiled their fourth location in 2016. Quickly, it caught the attention of new and seasoned collectors interested in timepieces by Rolex and Patek Philippe. The latter makes them the only authorized Patek Philippe dealer in the city. This retail concept is the second of its kind in the nation.

“Chicago has been a very strong historical region for Patek Philippe collectors since the early 1900’s. We are very proud of our relationship with the Razny Family,” states Larry Pettinelli, President of Patek Philippe USA. “They are tremendous ambassadors and guardians of the brand. We are very excited to have such a wonderful showcase in downtown Chicago that will not only service our existing clientele but develop and educate a new generation in learning about fine mechanical timepieces.”

This euro-style boutique is made to feel spacious and unpretentious. Their mission is to remake the luxury shopping experience into one that feels equally friendly, convenient, and progressive. “We are bringing the Razny culture into downtown,” says Stan Razny, whose parents founded the business over 65 years ago. Today, he stands at the helm along with his wife, Ingrid, and their two youngest children, Christine and Michael – both Graduate Gemologists.

With the addition of a third-floor watch servicing center, this boutique is now an inclusive one-stop shop for horology aficionados and enthusiasts.

The Razny family invites you to stop in today for good conversation, friendly service, and, of course, a wide selection of captivating timepieces.

What You Didn’t Know About the Birkins

If you are a fashionista you already know that the waitlist to buy the iconic Birkin bag is years long. You may also know that the Hermès Birkin Bag is named after the French style icon Jane Birkin. If you are planning a Chicago shopping trip to Hermès on Oak St., read through these shocking facts about the Birkin.

There Are 200,000 Birkins In Circulation

Hermès no longer takes special orders for the Birkin bag. Customers must now wait for Birkins in the shades they desire to arrive in stores.

You Can Rent A Birkin

Are you looking to wow your friends at a special event? Or maybe you are not sure you want to commit to the small fortune of a Birkin bag yet. The e-commerce site VillageLuxe allows you to rent a Birkin bag for $295 per week. If you decide you love your Birkin plan a Chicago shopping trip to Hermès on Oak St. to bring home a perfect Birkin bag.

The Most Expensive Birkin In The World Was Sold In May

A world record was set when the matte crocodile Birkin with diamond-encrusted hardware sold at an auction for $380,000.

Jane Birkin Has Only Had A Handful Of The Iconic Bags

Jane Birkin herself uses one Birkin at a time and carries her bags until they wear out. She has only had five of her namesake bags. She is also known to decorate the bags with pins, strands of beads, and stickers.

The Birkin Was Not Always Iconic

According to handbag specialists, the Birkin bag did not take off until the 1990’s. Since then, it has been the “it bag” and garnered many devoted fans. Victoria Beckham is rumored to own over 100 Birkin bags.

Birkins Start At Around $8,500

For $8,500 you can get a leather Birkin bag with plain hardware.

Birkins Are Named According To Size, Color, & Texture

The Hermès 25 Birkin Bag Togo refers to a Birkin with a length of 25 centimeters and is crafted in the Hermès signature grainy togo leather. Birkins can also weigh around 2 pounds. Which may not seem like a lot, but add a phone, wallet, cosmetic bag, and keys, it can definitely add up!
Planning a Chicago shopping trip to find the perfect designer handbag? Visit the Hermès store on Oak St.!

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.

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)