The Michigan Avenue team shares insights and insider tips about the hottest fashion and beauty finds in Chicago right now.
AESOP Founded in Melbourne in 1987, this renowned Australian skincare brand has brought its ultra-luxe, carefully developed product lines—from facial toners and shampoo to body balm and fragrance—to the Midwest with this sophisticated, chic space in the heart of Bucktown’s Damen Avenue shopping district. 1653 N. Damen Ave., 872- 802-4626
ATHENE Inspired by the “strong yet very feminine” Greek goddess of its name, this North Shore newcomer from fashionista Ashley Quicksilver takes style cues from rock ‘n’ roll icons and Audrey Hepburn alike. The minimalist space showcases a luxe selection of women’s wear brands ranging from Rona Pfeiffer to Rick Owens. 837 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-441-1918
BELLE VIE BRIDAL COUTURE Chicago fashion dynamo and bridal style aficionado Amanda Bonnell presents the ultimate curated selection of bridal fashions, featuring luxe gowns from the likes of J.Mendel and Valentino to Bonnell’s own Audrey Grant line. 214 W. Erie St., 312-751-2222
LAKE STREET BARBERING CO. Owners Manny Koop and Ralf Laboy head up this popular Fulton Market District grooming destination, a neighborhood shop that draws a diverse clientele for sharp cuts and a collegial, kid-friendly vibe complete with a backroom pool table. 1010 W. Lake St., 312-243-9367
ORANGE SHOE PERSONAL FITNESS From small group fitness to individual training either in home or in one of the group’s North Side studios, this boutique health outfit specializes in highly customized fitness programs and the ultimate in personalized coaching. 3845 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-857-3112; 5607 N. Clark St., 773-234-1552
RE’LUXE NAIL & SPA BOUTIQUE This new addition to River North takes nail care to the next level with a luxe lineup of services like the Champagne Delight, the Hot Chocolate Escape, and the Peppermint Land Pedi; dedicate spa rooms offer everything from body waxing and eyebrow tinting to eyelash extensions. 512 N. Franklin St., 312-964-5290
SEPHORA Technology and makeup merge at this cosmetics behemoth’s expansive flagship on Michigan Avenue, which features the debut of the Beauty TIP (Teach, Inspire, Play) Workshop, offering group classes, tutorials galore, and a shoppable online gallery called the Beauty Board. INSIDER TIP: Discover the exclusive-to-Chicago fragrance studio where customers can explore favorite scents and receive a custom fragrance consultation. 605 N. Michigan Ave., 312-649-9343