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Monday, May 4

Mother's Day Deals

Aigre Doux Restaurant and Bakery
230 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-9400
www.aigredouxchicago.com
Complimentary glass of champagne and a to-go gift for mothers

Braxton Seafood Grill
3 Oakbrook Ctr
Oak Brook
(630) 574-2155
www.braxtonseafood.com
Complimentary rose for mom

Cafe Zalute and Retro Bar
9501 Devon
Rosement
(847) 685-0206
www.zalute.com
Free mimosa for mom

Chaise Lounge Chicago
1840 W. North Avenue
Chicago
(773) 342-1840
chaiseloungechicago.com
All mothers will receive a flower and extra special attention

David Burke's Primehouse in the James Hotel
616 N Rush St
Chicago
(312) 660-6000
www.jameshotels.com
$10 all-you-can drink bloodys and mimosas

Flatlander's Restaurant and Brewery
200 Village Green
Lincolnshire
(847) 821-1234
www.flatlanders.com
Carnation to every Mom. Unlimited champagne and mimosas

Sixteen
401 N. Wabash ( Trump Tower)
Chicago
(312) 588-8030
www.trumpchicagohotel.com
Hand massages and flowers to thank mom

Venus Greek-Cypriot Cuisine
820 W. Jackson
Chicago
(312) 714-1001
www.venuschicago.com
Kids under 10 eat free with purchase of adult entree 12-4 p.m.

Ai Japanese Restaurant and Lounge
358 W. Ontario
Chicago
(312) 335-9888
www.aichicago.us
A complimentary lychee bellini will be given to all mothers

Tuesday, May 5

Anna Blessing
Lucky Magazine

Tips:
1. Shop sample sale boutiques.
Everyone knows that great deals can be found at sample sales, but those are only a once-every-few-months event, especially in Chicago.
Luckily, there are two sample sale companies that have actually opened up bricks-and-mortar stores. The first is Beta Boutique (2016 W. Concord Place), in Bucktown, and California-based Thread Lounge Lincoln Park (918 West Armitage Ave.). At Beta Boutique, you can find  a wide range of designer samples and overstock, from national lines like Marc by Marc Jacobs, smaller indie lines like Lauren Moffatt and local lines like Orlando Espinoza. The inventory is changing constantly, and is anywhere from 40 to 90 percent off retail.
Lounge gets in new merchandise daily, and a sampling of lines includes eco-line Stewart + Brown, Citizens of Humanity and Velvet all priced at wholesale and below.

2. Sign up for mailing lists to receive email updates and mailings from stores and sites, This is often the best way to hear about deals going on at your favorite shops, both online and in-store. Local boutiques with a higher price point, like SHE Boutique (483 Central, Highland Park) and Jake (939 N. Rush St.) have extensive e-commerce sites, where you can often find sales that aren't even available in-store. A local style site called twentythirtyforty.net has an online store, with a consistently fantastic array of sale items at fifty percent off retail.

3. Know when to shop.
Several spots are offering day-specific sales. One example is Bucktown shoe store City Soles. Every Tuesday, the store discounts a line 20 percent, and the deal is available in-store and online from 10am Tuesday through 10am Wednesday. You can sign up to get e-mail notices the day before, as a reminder and to let you know what line is being featured. Another one is a locally based site, studio-808.com. Studio-808 carries accessories and clothing by some of the best local Chicago designers, and each week, they feature one item for one day at 70 percent off, for what they're calling "Recessionista Wednesday."
4. Seek out designer collaborations with stores like Target, Walmart and Urban Outfitters
Target continues to be a fantastic resource for designer pieces at  unbelievable prices, with the store's GO International initiative. This month, a collection from Tracy Feith is slated to hit stores May 17. Also, perfect timing because Target is hosting its "Bullseye Bazaar" - its first pop-up retail store in the Midwest - from Thursday, May 7 - Saturday, May 9 on the ground floor of the Tribune Tower (455 N. Michigan Avenue) from 10 am - 8 pm each day. The Bullseye Bazaar is designed to be a fun and festive take on a traditional market, showcasing more than a dozen designer partners from Thomas O'Brien, Victoria Hagan and Michael Graves to Tracy Feith, Felix Rey and Erickson Beamon, including a sneak peak at upcoming spring/summer fashions not available in stores just yet!.

Norma Kamali has several great pieces for Walmart right now, all at $20 or under. And Urban Outfitters has been doing some very exciting collaborations with Independent designers, including Steven Alan, Kim Gordon and Geren Ford, and will continue to add new collections -- a great way to find indie designer style at much more affordable prices.

5. Time your shopping around holiday promotions
There are always great discounts and offers tied to holidays i.e.Mother's Day is coming up and Macy's offers free shipping and in-store discounts. End of Season - many retailers, like Gap and Banana Republic, will offer in-store sales and promotions on merchandise right before the new season arrives in the store. Check the websites or call ahead to find out what deals are available. Loehmann's birthday discount - Loehmann's on N. State Street, here in Chicago has greatly reduced designer merchandise. If you sign up for a Club Card, you are offered a birthday promotion which allows you to shop at 15% off for one day during your Birthday month.

6. Finally, Lucky's own Local Breaks!
Every month, we feature 5 stores, sites or spas in the Chicago issues of Lucky, and those spots offer Lucky readers a deal, usually 20 percent storewide or 20 percent on any single item. The June issue will be on newsstands this week, and you can save at Serpico boutique, The Dressing Room Shoes, a new Wheeling lingerie shop called Romantika Boutique and online at local jewelry designer Julie Schwanbeck's shopjules.com

Thursday, May 7

Gallagher
Friday
Zanies - St. Charles
(630) 584-6342
www.gallaghersmash.com
and..
Saturday
Zanies - Vernon Hills
(847) 549-6030
www.zanies.com

Queensryche
Tonight & Tomorrow
House of Blues
(312) 923-2000
www.queensryche.com

Botanic Backyard
American Rhododendron Society
May 9 and 10
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
www.chicagobotanic.org

Question: Can I divide hosta this time of year? Adrian, Evanston

Tips:
- Divide using 2 garden forks
- Water until well-established

Question: Are there any perennial plants that I can give to my mom that are blooming now? Liam, Wheaton

Tips:
- rhododendrons
- bleeding hearts

Friday, May 8

Pauly Shore
Tonight & Tomorrow
The Improv
Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg
(847) 240-2001
www.improv.com

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