How To Dress Up & Stay Warm

We are a little over one month into winter, and while it seems like it’s almost over, we still have a way to go in Chicago. There are days that we all wish we could hit pause on our life until spring, however, not even a snowstorm can pause a Chicago social calendar. Whether you are over your winter wardrobe or are just looking for new ways to bundle up, our boutiques in Chicago have put together some tips to keep you looking polished and staying warm through the rest of the winter season.

Girls Night Out

If you’re hitting the town with your girls, you’re going to want a glamorous look that matches the fun mood for the night. A jumpsuit is very chic without being stuffy, as well as being comfortable for dancing. Add a faux fur jacket for a touch of glamour.

Brunch In Style

Brunch on Saturday or Sunday morning is always a great reason to get dressed up or break out your casual attire that isn’t quite work appropriate. We all know how tough it can be to get out of bed on a freezing cold Saturday morning – comfort is key. Visit our boutiques in Chicago to shop for a statement pair of over-the-knee boots which guarantee you’ll be warm enough when it comes to go from the restaurant down the block to a bar.

Date Night

Don’t let low temps hinder your fashion choices for a date. Layer together rich textures such as patent leather, velvet, and satin for a romantic-meets-edgy vibe. Need help shopping for a date? Our boutiques in Chicago pride themselves on their serene shopping experience and professional stylists.

Check out our list of boutiques in Chicago on Oak Street here!

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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Fabulous Luxury Gifts for Under $50 & $100 

It becomes truer and truer as you get older – when it comes to gifts, giving is more fun than receiving.

You get a magical and joyful feeling as you watch someone you love open a beautiful gift that you chose just for them.  You see their eyes light up as they peel back the paper and discover the lovely treasure that lies beneath.

Of course neither you nor your loved ones are materialistic, but let’s be honest… a present with a hint of luxury makes a bigger splash.  But can you swing luxury items for your friends and family without going broke by New Year’s Eve?

We think so, and we can tell you how.  Read on for our expert tips and hand-picked recommendations…

Tip #1:    

For the person who has everything, consider a luxurious, designer version of an everyday item that you know they love, such as headphones, soap or luggage tags.

Tip #2:

For the big name designer fan in your life, opt for a smaller item that comes with the name, but not the huge price tag – think simple jewelry pieces, small leather goods and fragrances.

Tip #3:

Take advantage of the luxurious atmosphere Oak Street is known for; whether you’re picking up a $10,000 handbag or a $63 soap set, you’ll get impeccable, personalized attention and complimentary gift wrapping with beautiful $50boxes, ribbons and bags (which themselves make gorgeous keepsakes!).

Under $50

  • Kate Spade Card Holders – $48

Kate Spade handbags can run you well into the hundreds, but you can pick up an adorable card holder that has all the same brand appeal and style as Ms. Spade’s purses.  This is the perfect gift for the career woman on the go.

  • Kate Spade Reversible Earrings – $38

You’ve got to love beautiful jewelry that can do double duty – these very affordable earrings that can be worn two ways are unique, memorable and luxurious, everything you want in a good gift.

  • Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte Shampoo – $42

What could be more luxurious than a designer fragrance in the form of shampoo? With a fresh scent with notes of citrus, black currant and mint, both men and women will adore this gift.

  • Barneys Nest Candles – $38

You can never go wrong with an elegantly packaged candle with a beautiful and unusual scent, which is why we recommend Nest Candles from Barneys, which come in scents like Sicilian Tangerine and Wasabi Pear.

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  • Ted Baker Headphones – $99

Get your favorite music fan a luxurious set of Ted Baker Dover earbuds. Choose from a variety of stylish colors: white and gold, black and silver, black and gold and even pale pink and rose gold.

  • Carolina Herrera Fragrances – $98

For under $100, you can pick up one of Caroline Herrera’s intoxicating scents, all of which make an impression with their signature leather bottles.

  • Alexis Bittar Rings – $75

Alexis Bittar’s Lucite Mini Sphere rings are at once simple and stunning, so they are the perfect choice for nearly every woman on your list, and they come in several colors, so you can surely find one that best suits your gift recipient.

  • Hermès Soap Set – $63

You’ll love choosing 3 sophisticated scents for the 3 soaps that make up your custom soap set from Hermès and, of course, the lucky friend or family member who gets this gift will feel pampered and treated.

  • Maje Gloves – $95

These sumptuous navy wool and leather gloves are treat for any lady who lives in a cold weather climate.  She will definitely appreciate the juxtaposition of style and function these Maje gloves represent.

  • Zadig & Voltaire Wallets – $65-95

These mini wallets may be small in size but they’re high on luxurious style and come in so many colors and patterns that you’re bound to find one that’s the perfect fit for someone on your list.

The Hottest in Fall Fashion Staples

saintlaurentSummer coming to an end is always a little bittersweet.

Yes, we lose long days and nights of light and heat, but we also gain fantastic views of foliage and that little chill in the air that makes it OK to take out our favorite boots and sweaters.

With this soon-to-be change in weather creeping up on us, now is the perfect time to prepare so you don’t get caught in the cold wearing a flimsy cotton shirt and last year’s fall trends.

But just what are the best ways to dress during the fall? Some of that depends on your personal style, but the essentials are the same for everyone who lives in our chilly climate. Here we prescribe the best dose of fall outerwear staples.Continue reading

Spotlight on Spiaggia

spiaggiaIf there’s one thing that Chicago’s never lacking, it’s excellent Italian cuisine, but if you’re looking for a top-notch meal in an unparalleled setting, no place does it like the only 4-star Italian restaurant in Chicago: Spiaggia.

Located right here on Oak Street, Spiaggia offers a dining experience that attracts some of the most sophisticated tasters and tastemakers from Chicago and the world.

Let’s explore just what it is that sets Spiaggia apart from the masses of Italian restaurants in the city.Continue reading

3 International Escapes on Oak Street

Chicago is known as one of the best cities in the world during the summer, and no one can deny that. However, sometimes you just need a little escape from the American city life. There are little ways to do this throughout the city, but there is no area like Gold Coast for an international and extravagant escape. Below you will find how to dive into Italian, French, and Asian culture on Rush and Oak Street in the Gold Coast.

Escape to Italy

Chicago is home to many fine Italian dining experiences, but the restaurant, Café Spiaggia is in a league of its own. According to Zagat, Café Spiaggia doesn’t skimp on taste, sends out luscious, often creative fare set down by informed servers, and has unbeatable city views. The founder, Tony Mantuano, is a culinary mastermind, James Beard award winner, author of multiple cookbooks, Top Chef Master contestant, and the favorite chef of the President of the United States.


Before showing up to your fine dining experience at Café Spiaggia, we suggest stopping by the renowned Italian fashion house, Prada. Founded in 1913, the brand specializes in ready-to-wear leather and fashion accessories, shoes, luggage, perfumes, and watches. This European style brings slim fits and beautiful patterns to all who are willing to try on this famous brand.

Escape to France

French colonialism in Vietnam created beautiful people, beautiful culture, and beautiful food. This being said, it is quite difficult to find a restaurant that combines the two well anywhere in the world. There is only one place in Chicago that does it so well.lecolonial

According to Frommers, the Gold Coast’s Le Colonial has one of the loveliest dining rooms in the city and the second-floor lounge is a sultry, seductive destination for cocktails. An escapist’s paradise, the restaurant is a cleverly crafted re-creation of 1920s Saigon, with bamboo shutters, rattan chairs, potted palms and banana trees, and ceiling fans.

To continue soaking up the French experience, stop by a few of our sophisticated boutiques to pick up pieces designed by famed French designers. Lanvin, Hermes, and Christian Louboutin, for example, all have their own stores on Oak Street, where you can find the most recent collections. Here you will find chic classic French looks perfect for an extravagant night here at home or abroad.

Escape to Asia yohji1

Jellyfish takes a route away from the classic Gold Coast dining experience by targeting a slightly younger demographic, and offering a quieter dining room experience. Bluish lights, amazing views of Rush Street, sushi rolls, seafood skewers, and a Miami ambiance make Jellyfish a welcomed addition to Oak Street’s dining choices.

Asian fashion often offers means a change in style. Yohji Yamamoto, high fashion and sportswear designer creates artistic new looks perfect for dining at a place like Jellyfish and a night out downtown. His newest collection is available at Barney’s.

Yamomoto takes huge (and we mean huge) risks when it comes to design patterns. These pieces are generally in the color black and incorporate both European and Asian style, which results in an almost neo-rocker style, the likes of which isn’t seen by any other contemporary designer.
The bottom line is there is a way out of Chicago, and it isn’t always the highway or O’Hare airport. With the right setting you can feel like you’re on an exotic vacation abroad without ever packing your bags. The Italian, French, and Asian cultures are just a few that are authentically represented on Oak Street. Even if you’re too busy for travel this summer, you can always find time for a little local travel.


Dresses from $97
Handbags from $54
Trousers from $112
Footwear from $42
Sports Jackets from $174
Tailoring from $111
Satchels from $97
Trousers from $92
Footwear from $75

SARAROSE/ Stix and Roses

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