Chicago Fashion Fest 8.23-8.24

Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street

Chicago Fashion Fest Division Street

Chicago Fashion Fest, now in its sixth season, will shut down West Division Street on August 23rd & 24th (from noon to 10 pm) to bring fashionistas, families and fest-lovers alike two days of non-stop local fashion, live music and entertainment – topped off with a little Creole spice! Chicago Fashion Fest 2014 has paired with Chicago’s inaugural New Orleans Festival, aiming to turn the destination corridor in Wicker Park into a Mecca for fashion and shopping mixed with Big Easy music and food. Like last year, Chicago Fashion Fest features a massive, runway stage with bleaches, where Chicago models will strut their stuff wearing “what’s hot” for end of summer and fall 2014 – collections from local designers, boutiques, and artists.


Over 20 unique fashion runway shows (15-20 minutes each) will be included over the two days, including segments like: vintage, back-to-school, curvaceous, bridal, ‘Do-Fashion’ featuring Division Street boutiques and Kids Rock sponsored by Smash Talent. At night, Wicker Park After Dark, star-studded fashion shows under the lights, take over. Also include in the mix is a shoppers row boasting over 50 exclusive booths of local designers and boutiques, a dedicated kids area, a doggie fashion show and activities, and tons of Big Easy eats and live tunes. All for just $5 donation benefiting LaSalle II Elementary, Wells High School and A Safe Heaven.

June Orange Dot First Fridays In Wicker Park/Bucktown 6.6

Shop small biz and look for the orange dot

Shop small biz and look for the orange dot

The next installment of Orange Dot First Fridays, the growing SSA program that celebrates small businesses that maintain the character of Wicker Park & Bucktown (WPB), is set for Friday, June 6th (participant & event info follows below). On the first Friday of every month from 5:00 pm until 10:00pm, the best in local design, dining & culture craft and collaborate to create unique presentations not found anywhere but Orange Dot in WPB. June’s edition of Orange Dot consists of 28 total participants in the neighborhood.

Local artists and art is the centerpiece of Orange Dot First Fridays. Galleries, studios, & arts venues feature installations, performances, & exhibitions from emerging artists to recall the neighborhood’s eclectic roots. WPB is defined and sustained by creative minds and eclectic small businesses. Orange Dot First Fridays showcases the artists and enterprises that give WPB its reputation.

Some of WPB’s most popular shops & designers will also host the retail experiences of the month, every month. At Orange Dot, people can find the latest styles, trunk shows from select fashion houses, recently unearthed vinyl, & curiosities from all ends of the earth. And because participating businesses are open late, attendees won’t even need to rush dinner and drinks.

Bars and restaurants are taking part, as well. WPB’s renowned culinary destinations will delight the senses with food & drink exclusive to Orange Dot. Fine cheeses, wines, & delicacies are presented alongside live music, guest chefs, and unparalleled neighborhood collaborations each month.

The WPB neighborhood is presenting a truly unique evening to Chicago on the first Friday of each month, every month, as only WPB can. Forget painting the town red – paint it Orange!

Below are a few examples of what’s going on at the June Orange Dot First Friday. For a complete listing of all 28 participants, including event details, visit

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