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SAIC's Huge Runway Show; Henri Bendel Opens; More

And now the latest from Racked Chicago, covering everything you need to know about the city's shopping, fashion, and retail scene from the sidewalks up.


LOOP - The School of The Art Institute of Chicago erected an enormous white tent in Millennium Park this week and hosted the biggest runway show the school has ever seen. As the nation's leading conceptual fashion school, the creativity bursting from each garment on the runway was recognized yesterday by thousands of spectators hailing from as far away as Malaysia. We caught the first show of the day and have all of the highlights.

SKOKIE - It didn't take long but Chicagoland will soon have its second Henri Bendel opening at Old Orchard. The store features a store design modeled after the legendary Fifth Avenue flagship and is set to open in just a few short weeks.

ANDERSONVILLE - The best thing to come out of Andersonville in a while is going to be Milk Handmade, a cute venture focusing on contemporary women's clothing and accessories. The shop is set top open on Clark just South of Foster on May 1.

WICKER PARK - Maybe you heard that Cynthia Rowley was in town this week to scoop up her SAIC Legend of Fashion Award. Well the evening before all that happened, Cynthia and Chicago Artist, Gary Weidner celebrated the launch of Gary's work on Exhibition A at Storefront Company with some pretty delicious food.