- Wing earrings at Habit—get 'em while you can.
Wicker Park boutique Habit
announced yesterday through its Facebook page
that the store will be closing July 31 after five years in business (in the meantime, everything in the store is 15 to 50 percent off). It's a blow for the many local and independent designers who sell their work through the store, and every month seems to bring news of another store closing. But there are a few new boutiques too: designer Lesley Timpe opened Squasht by Les
in Ukrainian Village this summer to feature her line of casual clothes and accessories as well as work by other local designers; this summer also saw the opening of Cerato Boutique
on the north side, which carries locally designed clothing and jewelry.
Meanwhile, large retailers keep Oak Street humming: Vince, known for its drapey cashmere separates, will open at 106 E. Oak in the fall, reports Crain's Chicago Business.