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


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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, graffdiamonds.com); 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)

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!