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John Varvatos in Chicago; A Haute Apron; More

Here are the latest style bites from Curbed's shopping blog, Racked Chicago.

varvatos%20signing%20.jpg Photo: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Nordstrom

STREETERVILLE—Designer John Varvatos appeared at Nordstrom earlier this week—with his pals from ZZ Top. We chatted with the gentlemen about the current state of menswear, The Jazz Record Mart, and (it was inevitable) Miley Cyrus.

EVERYWHERE—Designer Samantha Sleeper recently signed on as curatorial director of Purely Fashion, the Chicago-based app. Though she's based in New York, Sleeper knows her Chicago shopping. Here are her local spots for sourcing investment pieces, party dresses, and more.

STREETERVILLE—The MCA Store has the U.S. exclusive on what is possibly the world's most glamorous guard against grease splatter. If you're looking for the ultimate hostess gift, you're welcome.

BRONZEVILLE—There's a brand-new salon in Bronzeville, and it offers this trick for saving time: all appointments are booked online. From global beauty brand Huetiful, the salon also has a professional hair steamer on site.

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