Shopping in Chicago


Household Furniture and Accessories at Roy’s Furniture (Up to $ Off). Two Options Available.

Roy's Furniture

Chicago

Massive warehouse of home furnishings with custom fabric and upholstery options

$100 $49

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One, Three, or Five Custom-Made Shirts at Made II Fit (Up to 60% Off)

Made II Fit

Chicago

Tailors take your measurements and customize well-fitting shirts

$120 $65

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$85 for $155 Worth of Cell Phones — TSS Communications Inc.

Tss Communications Inc.

Chicago

From the merchant: Screen Repair For iPhone 5/5c/5s,

$155 $85

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Bridal and Prom Apparel at Lily's Bridal & Gifts (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Lily's Bridal & Gifts

Avondale

Apparel such as wedding and bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos, and prom dresses or alterations from seamstress with 25+ years of experience

$50 $25

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Urban Apparel at Jimmi Skouls (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Jimmi Skouls

Avalon Park

Urban, on-trend men's and women's clothing from hard-to-find boutique labels and in-house clothing and jewelry designers

$50 $25

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BYOB Ceramic Plate Glazing Class for One or Two (Up to 52% Off)

Urban Oil Ceramics

Chicago

Create your own unique design on a ceramic plate from your imagination or from provided stencils

$65 $32

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Handcrafted Jewelry at KADA (50% Off). Two Options Available.

KADA

Chicago

Find unique, fashion-forward jewelry-inspired watches, handmade turquoise necklaces, anklets, and cuff bracelets

$30 $15

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Erotic Toys from Wicked Blue Box (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wicked Blue Box

Chicago

Clients spice up their love life through erotic toys, with all shipping arriving in plain, discreet brown boxes

$20 $11

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Women's Clothing and Accessories at Weekenz By Nikole (50% Off)

Weekenz By Nikole

Chicago

From the merchant: Women’s Clothing Boutique Holiday Special

$60 $30

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$13 for $25 Worth of Toys — The Toy King, Ltd.

The Toy King, Ltd.

Chicago

From the merchant: Select from a great selection of high quality children’s toys - including Bozo the Clown toys - a must in Chicago.

$25 $13

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$15for$30Worth of Boutique Clothing from aDore Boutique

aDore Boutique

Morgan Park

Designer-inspired casual and evening wear with plus size options.

$30 $15

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$30 Worth of New and Gently Used Sports Gear or One Bike Tune-Up at Play It Again Sports (50% Off)

Play It Again Sports

Lakeview

Rotating selection of sports gear such as baseball cleats, hockey sticks, & lacrosse equipment; technicians keep bikes working with check-up

$30 $15

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$39 for $78 Groupon — Nef-Ra Health International

Nef-ra Health International Llc

Chicago

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$78 $39

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$50 for $100 Worth of Services at Zofie Shoes

Zofie Shoes

DePaul

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$100 $50

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$9 for $25 Worth of E-Cigarette Accessories at Hot Vapes

Hot Vapes

Bucktown

Smokers puff clouds of smoke-free vapor with ample supply of e-cigarette batteries, flavors, and chargers

$25 $9

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$54 for $99 Worth of Makeup — The Nail Shop

The Nail Shop

Chatham

From the Merchant: Visit us for Halloween-themed makeup! We can recreate everything!

$99 $54

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$10 for $20 Worth of E-Cigarettes, E-Liquids, and Vape Accessories at Silver Smoke

Silver Smoke

Chicago

Get everything you need to try to curb your smoking habit, including rechargeable e-cigs and a variety of e-liquids and vape accessories

$20 $10

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Premium E-Cig Starter Kit or $15 for $30 Worth of Smoking Supplies at Variance

Variance

Lakeview

Smoke shop lets guests sample variety of vapor flavors before taking home favorite; also carry pipes, hookahs, and other tobacco accessories

$60 $30

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Groupon Desk Calendar

Groupon

$2 $1

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uBreakiFix CEO Justin Wetherill spoke with Groupon about the importance of protecting your smartphone and the challenges of fixing a phone that has been dropped into a deep fryer.

On the worst thing you can do after cracking your smartphone?s glass screen

?Don?t just put it into your pocket and continue to use it,? Wetherill says. The broken glass can actually cause serious damage to the phone?s inner components and turn a relatively simple fix into a costly repair job.

On the repair process

"Look, this is something we do every day," Wetherill says. "You are not the first person to break a phone.? Collectively, uBreakiFix's highly trained technicians repair more than 20,000 devices a month, drawing from a library of high-quality parts that are tested twice before they ever get used in a repair service. Free diagnostics are a staple at all uBreakiFix locations, so customers understand the problem before any work is done.

On growing his business

uBreakiFix began as a business based out of Wetherill?s living room, and it now boasts more than 60 locations nationwide. ?We are proof that the American dream is alive,? he says.

On unusual repair jobs

Wetherill remembers one fast-food employee who dropped her phone into a restaurant?s deep fryer. ?It smelled pretty bad,? he said; however, the repairs were successful. Another customer lost his phone in a cement mixer. After some serious effort, the technicians were able to safely recover all of the important data, but the phone died a few hours later. As Wetherill pointed out, ?it did go through a cement mixer.? Some miracles just aren?t meant to be.

On the importance of a one-day turnaround time

Repairs at uBreakiFix?s store locations can often take as little as an hour, according to Wetherill. This is a critical part of the shops' focus?something Wetherill personally understands. If forced to choose between spending the weekend without his smartphone or his left arm, he jokes that he would pick the arm. ?Of course, this is assuming that there wouldn?t be any pain,? he laughs.

1611 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Thanks in part to Miracle on 34th Street, the classic Christmas film, and its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's has been immortalized in the minds of generations of Americans. It's hard to imagine that Macy's was once a small storefront operation founded by a businessman whose previous stores had failed. But success was just around the corner.

Origin

Eleven dollars and six cents. That was the total of first-day sales when Macy's opened its doors in 1858. Of course, at that time, it wasn't a retail superpower?it was a small dry-goods store on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Before founding that little shop, Rowland Hussey Macy had suffered several failed retail ventures. This time, things would turn out differently.

Growth

By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store, spreading its way into the ground spaces of 11 adjacent buildings. Just about 25 years later, the store had outgrown even those expanded confines, so the company moved to its iconic Herald Square location on Broadway and 34th Street. There, Macy's began to attract shoppers from the rest of the country and the world. This location also saw the store become a major part of American holidays, especially in 1924, when immigrant employees wrangled the city's packs of stray floats and organized the first annual Macy's Parade.

Modern Day

Today, Macy's boasts 850 locations across 45 states and US territories. A far cry from that initial dry-goods shop, the modern-day stores carry everything from clothing and shoes to furniture and electronics. Though it is now headquartered in Cincinnati, the company's flagship store in Herald Square still attracts throngs of customers from all corners of the globe. The same can be said for the Macy's website, which is one of the most visited retail destinations on the Internet.

835 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

It’s a wonder the staffers at Protein Bar have time to do anything but smile for the camera amid the maelstrom of media attention the eatery has received in recent years. The man at the center of the storm is founder Matt Matros, dubbed one of Crain’s Chicago Business’s most successful 40 Under 40 in 2012. Matros spend his youth struggling with his weight, and lost his father to a heart attack before his 22nd birthday. The shock sparked a renewed hunger for life in the young executive, who went on to shed 50 pounds through exercise and healthy eating. Along the way, Matt noticed a gaping hole in the world of fast food—where were the healthy options? He decided to throw his corporate career to the wind and pour his entire life savings into opening the first Protein Bar, a welcoming haven for the health-conscious eater. Matros’ business soon flourished into eight Chicago locations, with three more in D.C. His aim was to cut out the junk that pervades fast-food chains—refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, empty calories, and unsettling cartoon characters—and replace it with lean protein, heart-healthy fiber, and satisfying flavor. The menu accomplishes just that. At breakfast, bowls are filled with oatmeal deemed some of the finest in the city by CBS Chicago. As the hours wear on, a special mix of six types of veggies builds each salad into a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Bar-ritos swap out calorie-heavy rice for quinoa and flour tortillas for hearty whole-wheat wraps. Signature blended drinks omit sugary additives for protein mixes and fruit, each named for a Chicago neighborhood, and bowls of warm, organic quinoa come topped with protein and fresh produce.

235 S Franklin St
Chicago,
IL
US

Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo?s Bakery ?the bakery behind TLC?s Cake Boss.

Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie?no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.

172 West Adams Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Craving a burger and fries? Swing in Cactus Bar and Grill and enjoy a tasty meal in a casual setting. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Cactus Bar and Grill, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Cactus Bar and Grill offers a variety of drink options. Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Cactus Bar and Grill — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad. Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work. Cactus Bar and Grill is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Wireless internet access is just a click away at Cactus Bar and Grill. Eat outdoors Cactus Bar and Grill (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. Cactus Bar and Grill features live DJs that are sure to amp up your evening. Dogs are welcome at Cactus Bar and Grill, so feel free to bring Fido along.

Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Cactus Bar and Grill offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.

The neighboring lot provides free parking to diners.

Chow down for less at Cactus Bar and Grill, where a meal almost always costs under $15.

404 S Wells St
Chicago,
IL
US

Wanting to further the careers of other artists he knew, Jake Nickell set up a competition-based T-shirt-design company in his small apartment to give those artists a chance to make their art and get paid while doing it. Today, the small design startup has expanded into Threadless, a virtual boutique showcasing artsy apparel and accessories from designers all over the globe. Each week, guest artists and illustrators submit designs depicting pop-culture references, animals, folk art, and vibrant abstract works, leaving it up to the online community to vote on which entries will populate the shop’s menagerie of merch ranging from T-shirts and hoodies to bags, laptop cases, and umbrellas.

In addition to printing their work, Threadless honours artists with awards for designers in various categories, as well as a Made By program highlighting artists who've developed a following in the community or discovered the whereabouts of Van Gogh's middle-school diaries. Store staffers also award scholarships to hardworking designers and present Design Challenges to focus submitting artists on a central theme or aesthetic style. At Threadless Atrium, they collaborate with charities and other outside organizations to gather eclectic art submissions that currently benefit the American Cancer Society and Disney Villains.

3011 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
US

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