Five beginner knitting classes at The Yarn Shop will take fledgling yarn spinners over all the knitting basics—knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, ribbing, and more—as they complete their first scarf. The cost of all materials is covered, including a light or bright wool yarn and size-eight bamboo, circular needles. Additional supplies are available for purchase; the shop carries a full line of knitting and crocheting supplies and enough yarn to fill the scalps of a race of giant Raggedy Ann’s. Help is always available for projects, which many people bring to the shop to work on as they socialize and weave the names of disloyal latch hookers onto their tea cozies. Enjoy a dessert and specialty coffee or tea from The Yarn Shop's Pink Sheep Cafe. See the website for class schedules and pricing.
7 Day Furniture helps shoppers outfit their living rooms, offices, and dining spaces in new and cleanly kept consignment pieces via its expansive showrooms. Among home accessories, table lamps ($24.99+) can help curb a house’s fear of the dark, and stately room dividers ($59.99+) help create neat boundaries for feuding roommates. Home havers can also opt to keep their headwear and coats from cluttering bustling walkways with the help of a hall tree ($19.99+). Shroud floors in lively rugs ($49+), or pick up one of the stores’ vibrant futons or klik klaks ($89.99+) to make sure visiting houseguests and finicky poltergeists have a comfortable place to snooze. Collections of dining-room, living-room, and bedroom pieces help keep all interior spaces fashionably filled in.
Esther's shelves are stocked with gently worn creations from classy retailers as well as from couturiers such as Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Manolo Blahnik. Leaving knock-offs to under-clothed stunt doubles, the store only consigns modern threads in mint condition while emphasizing seasonal wear. Envelop torsos in tops from Michael Stars ($15–$18), J. Crew, or Banana Republic ($8–$15), outfit feet with Cole Haan and Donald J Pliner shoes (starting at $35), or entrust key chains, checkbooks, and key-chain checkbooks to an elegant Coach bag (starting at $40).
Gordmans restocks bureaus and residential nooks with an expansive inventory of name-brand merchandise discounted below department store prices, including team apparel and seasonal decorations. Flaunt support for a collegiate club by sliding arm branches through an Illinois color-block polo ($24.99). Fans can also don a pair of Chicago Bears lounge pants ($19.99), ideal for relaxing while watching the game or ripping off to expose Mike Ditka knee tattoos. Artistic wall art festoons vacant environs in colorful creations, such as canvases coated in tones of still-life wine ($24.99) and scenic vistas ($29.99+). Alternatively, a harvest of men's and women's fragrances allows shoppers to uncork new scents for seasonal parties, class reunions, and heated negotiations with the shopping-mall Santa Claus.