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Shavonne Dorsey Holiday Trunk Show


Shavonne Dorsey Holiday Trunk Show

Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Fashion Market – 216 S. Jefferson St., Suite 100 Chicago, IL 60661

Come and preview the Spring 2012 collection and save on beautiful holiday pieces for your wardrobe! As a holiday gift to you, we’ll be offering 15% off all purchases that evening. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by November 26th. See you there!


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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Fashion, Holiday, Shopping


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Versace for H&M Launch Chicago

Lines…. I despise them and have a hard time justifying spending my time in them when I could be doing something more valuable with that time.  However, there are always exceptions and this past weekend I chose to partake in an adventure like none I had ever experienced in my life.  I joined fashion enthusiasts from all over Chicago and nearby states to be one of the first to get our hands on designer Versace pieces at very reasonable prices. 

Saturday morning (November 19, 2011) at 8am, H&M opened it’s doors to fashion followers awaiting the much anticipated Versace launch.  Guests lined up long before the official 8am opening.  Some folks were there as early as 1 o’clock in the afternoon the day prior (Friday, November 18, 2011).  For months, I had this date on my calendar waiting in excitement for the day to finally arrive.  Never having participated in an event like this in the past, I was not too sure what to expect.  Trying to plan ahead I contacted friends who had previous experience for some tips.

The best advice I was given: Get there EARLY if you want a wristband, dress warm, and pack snacks.  My alarm went off at 1am, I hopped in the shower, and threw on several layers of clothes ready to brave the cold for hours.  I arrived at H&M on Michigan Avenue just before 2am to a line full of people waiting with chairs, blankets, boxes, etc.  There were about 90 people already lined-up and they were prepared.  I made my way to the back with only my purse and a few key items inside – some 5-hour energy and a couple of flasks – no snacks, no chair, no blanket… this was definitely going to be interesting. 

I sat on the cold ground and within less than ten minutes my backside was cold and sore.  Thank goodness for the next patron to get in line who came with a blanket large enough for two to sit and was more than willing to share.  Quickly we became friends along with the fellow in front of us who clearly planned ahead with survival kit in hand – lots of layers, chair, blanket, a book, refreshments including a bottle of vodka, and noise/confetti poppers to celebrate the special occassion.  The three of us quickly bonded over our common love for fashion and shared an equal level of energy and enthusiasm while most people in line chose to sleep.  I was glad I sat next to such friendly fun folks since none of my friends decided to brave the cold with me.

As time wore on, though, I began to feel the cold and started to wonder if I was actually going to make it through the entire night when to my suprise, a special friend showed up with a blanket and hot chocolate in hand and then decided to keep me company through the night.  How lucky for me!  Around 5am, Starbucks also passed out gratis coffee and croissants courtesy of H&M. 

To keep from getting too cold and bored, we all took turns scoping out the line viewing the masses of people slumped over in chairs, curling up in cardboard boxes beneath blankets, and watching the clock anxiously awaiting morning to get a wristband.  People came from all over Chicago, Indiana, Minnesota, and other neighboring states.  The night went by surprisingly fast in such great, fun company and finally it was time….. just after 7am wristbands were passed out to the first 240 people in line with groups of 20 in each time slot from 8am until about 1pm.  We made it into the 10am group which meant almost three more hours to wait, but at least most of it was inside. 

Huge props to H&M store and security staff for doing an incredibly phenomenal job of keeping everyone organized and preventing any incidents from occuring.  The Versace for women was set-up in the back of the store and was roped off so only the designated group could shop at once.  The men’s line was on the thrid floor and no wristband was needed to shop but you had to wait in line up there for your turn.  Several passers-by stopped in thinking they would just be able to shop the Versace line completely oblivious to the fact that people waited in line ALL night for this experience.  By the looks on their faces and their reluctance to walk away when they were told they must wait til 1pm to shop, they clearly didn’t get it.  One woman even tried to pass off a fake wristband but security was on it and had her quickly escorted out of the store.  From start to finish it was a smooth operation.

Finally 10am arrived and it was my turn to shop… I was so excited but I was also so delirious from lack of sleep.  I had my eye on a few key items – mostly leggings and jewelry.  The one item I wanted the most wasn’t what I expected – the fur vest – which worked out fine because there was only one left in a size too small for me during my shopping spree.  I grabbed my items and a few extra for friends, tried a few things on, then headed to the register.  It was almost noon and time for me to head home and catch some z’s!  All-in-all, it was a positive and fun experience for me.  Would I do it again???  Hmmmm…. probably only if it were a designer that I am head-over-heels crazy about.  Otherwise, I would choose sleep and shelter.

Did you attend the Versace for H&M launch in Chicago or another city?  What was your experience like?  Email us at or comment on this post to let us know. 


Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Fashion, Where We've Been!


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Featuring jewelry from Anidem by Jesse Torres-Medina

Trunk Show to be held on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 from 12:00PM-5:00PM

This event is FREE 


Horacio Nieto Studio
2151 W. 21
st Street, Floor #1
Chicago, IL 60608

Horacio Nieto is pleased to announce that he will debut his Autumn/Winter 2012 Bridal Collection, entitled “The Belle Collection” at the “Love & Beauty” Trunk Show.  The trunk show will allow guests to see the new Autumn/Winter 2012 Bridal Collection, as well as to view the past and present collections for Horacio Nieto’s Womenswear collections and Arlo Menswear. The studio is the new location where guest and clients can come and see all of the samples and be able to place orders.

If you would like more information about the trunk show or would like to schedule an interview with Horacio Nieto, please call 773.209.6543 or email


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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Wedding


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Reminder for CeCe & Melinda – Shop In Chicago: RSVP Today

The holidays are right around the corner.  Get all of your shopping done under one roof while supporting the top local Chicago designers and businesses at this anuual shopping extravaganza.  Click the flyer below to RSVP for an amazing shopping experience on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 5:00PM-9:00PM at the legendary Drake Hotel.  See you there!

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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Holiday, Shopping


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The York Furrier Luxury for Less Trunk Show & SAVINGS Event


Luxury Fur Trunk Show

1PM – 5PM • November 17th – 20th

The Elmhurst City Centre location only invites you to a Luxury Fur Trunk Show. This is a rare opportunity to experience the most exquisite furs in the world all in one location – Russian Sable, Canadian Lynx, Norwegian Fox, U.S.A. Mink, Broadtail Lamb, Chinchilla and Velvety Sheared Mink – all superbly crafted into designer garments or York’s own Signature Styles. Guests may also schedule a personal appointment to work with York’s craftsmen to create a one-of-a-kind, custom-made York Exceptional Exclusive.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Fashion, Shopping


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One True Marketing (OTM) Presents Fly Clothes & Fashion Show

*** O.T.M presents Fly Clothes & Fashion Show***

Showcasing some of Chicago’s hottest up-and-coming Fashion Designers

November 17,2011 from 5pm-11pm
@ The Grossinger City Autoplex
1530 N Dayton(North & Halsted)

Entry is $10 before 8pm $15 after

LIVE PERFORMANCES From local artists including: J-Lyn, Rooby Man, Twista’s Artist ShowTime, SharmonJarmon, and more!!!


TATTOOs & AIRBRUSHINGs BY Artist “T Zar” Himself

Free Parking!!!
Upscale Venue!!!

***One True Marketing***

Artists Confirmed to Perform:
3G’s J LYN (Pop R&B)
Twista’s Artist “Showtime”
Money Coach(Rap)
Shayna Love(hip hop, R&B)
Sharmon Jarmon (R&B)
Don Ski(hip hop)
Circle Vii(Hip hop)
Street Fame’s Rooby Man(Pop Reggae)
Roxie Jo(Pop)
Gemstones(Hip hop)
Chase wyl Biz(Rap)
M.A.R.S(Hip hop)
Chevy Boss(Hip hop)

Sponsered By
True Star Magazine
Red Level Entertainment
LDRS 1354

For Details Call Ocie- 7738126176

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Fashion


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Browning & Sons Forevermark Event

Browning & Sons Forevermark Event

Tuesday, November 15,  2011 from  2PM – 7PM

Browning & Son’s Fine Jewelry
46 Washington Street
Hinsdale IL   60521
You are cordially invited to join Browning & Sons as they unveil the A. Link collection for Forevermark™ diamonds.  Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while previewing gorgeous diamond designs bridal, fashion and the red carpet. Each dazzling Forevermark™ diamond is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced. Less than one percent of the world’s diamonds can be Forevermark
Email RSVP:
Email Subject :    Lisa Auriemme
or call: 630.986.0880

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Shopping


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Shrine Haberdashers One Year Anniversary

Shrine Haberdashers One Year Anniversary

When: November 17, 2011 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Grand Room at the James Hotel
55 East Ontario Street
Chicago IL 60611
What: Get a wiggle on this very special evening with the always spiffy Master of Ceremonies, Jeff Conway. The event will feature 1920s style cocktails and appetizers, live entertainment and a fashion presentation.


Please RSVP to by November 14, 2011.

FREE but space is limited.

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Fashion, Free


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Have Your Cake & Eat It Too at the Cake Plate Boutique Trunk Show

Cake Plate Boutique, Napa Valley’s premier, contemporary boutique, is making a special trip to Chicago to dish up the recipe for fabulous style! Teaming up with Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, the couture and confectionary boutiques are hosting an exclusive designer trunk show inside of Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique on Thursday, November 17th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The local sugar shop will be stocked with all the style essentials necessary for a polished look that’s yummy enough to serve up for dessert…on what else?  A cake plate.  Guest can indulge in a slice of fashion heaven with designers like Milly, Lauren Moffatt, Trina Turk, Velvet, Lulu Frost jewelry, Tucker, Rachel Antanoff, Orla Kiely and more!

Guests are invited to come out and enjoy a fabulous shopping party including a pink carpet entrance, wine straight from Napa Valley, signature Sugar Bliss cupcakes, special shopping discounts, and personal style consultations with Lindsay Kroll and Paige Smith of Cake Plate Boutique.

RSVP by Monday, November 14 (TODAY) and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Cake Plate Boutique!

Info site (Skirt PR):

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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Fashion, Free


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Head’s Up: Chicago Welcomes New Era Flagship Downtown

Photo Courtesy of SinnamonS

New Era has finally made it’s way to the midwest setting up shop in none other than the Windy City!  The newest flagship location is located at 201 S. State Street (just north of Adams).  This is the very first owned & operated retail location in the midwest and with 2 levels and a total of 4,500 square feet it also happens to be the largest New Era shop in existence.  With almost 9 decades in the business, being known as the official on-field cap of the MLB, and even spotted on runways – you better believe we were excited to welcome New Era to Chi-town and even more excited to be invited to the VIP grand opening this past Thursday night.  A huge thanks to the Chicago Blogger’s Network for making sure we were involved.

From 8PM-11PM, New Era’s newest location opened it’s doors for a private party exclusive to VIP invited guests only allowing them a sneak peak at their newest and largest location.  Guests were able to shop the hottest in headwear, satiate their appetites with light bites including mini hotdogs and chicken wraps, quench their thirst with a fully stocked open bar, and move to the beats of DJ J2K of Flosstradamus & Hollywood Holt fame.

And what is a celebration without cake & gifts?  New Era delivered there, too.  Mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors (including an insanely delicious chocolate peanut butter) with the New Era logo were passed out to guests and before leaving all attendees received New Era Backpacks filled with goodies including t-shirts, belts, mini hats, etc all donning the brand’s logo.

The second floor hosted an even more exclusive VIP party for select guests.  The lucky few also went home that night with a very special limited edition New Era cap embroidered with the Chicago Skyline.  Only 300 of those caps exist and NowYouKnow was lucky enough to go home with a few.

The newest New Era store officially opened it’s doors to the public this past Saturday.  if you haven’t made it over there yet, be sure to swing by when you get a chance to check out some of the hottest caps plus apparel and accessories for men and women.  My personal favorite… these adorable animal hats which have become quite popular and the fact that as an adult I can actually get away wearing – what would otherwise be deemed absurd wear for an adult – makes them all the better!

Photo Courtesy of SinnamonS


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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Fashion, Shopping, Sporting, Where We've Been!


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Chicago RAWards 2011 Semi-Finals Showcase

Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 8:00PM
Evil Olive | 1551 W Division St | Chicago, IL 60622
21+ event. Cocktail attire. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $15 week of, $20 at the door.


RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.

RAW’s mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW educates, connects and exposes emerging artists in 22 artistic communities nationwide through monthly showcase events.

RAWards 2011:

At the end of every RAW season, we host an annual indie arts award show, and we call it RAWards. All of our artists who have participated throughout the RAW season (February-October 2011) are eligible to compete for the title of best in their craft (Art, Fashion, Accessories, Music, Film, Photography, Performing Art, Hair & Makeup). Each artist is given the opportunity to compete for career-building prizes such as gallery placement, boutique placement, big consultations and RAW’s Golden Ticket.

Because we can’t pick our favorites (RAW loves all of our artists), we leave this in the hands of the nation, your community and our trusty professional panel of judges.

These are the nominees in your community. Help choose the artists who will represent your city in the nationwide finale! Live voting takes place at this event; come and show your support!

To learn more about RAWards, the judges, the prize packages, and to see ALL the nominees – please visit:

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Posted by on November 13, 2011 in Art, Fashion


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ClaSha The FashionArt Gift Shop at the Fashion Market

Come to the Chicago Fashion Market for all your holiday shopping needs as it transforms into a FashionArt Gift Shop.  Local designer ClaSha will have all of their beautiful handmade goods for sale just in time for the holidays.  Items will be available for purchase Friday, November 18 from 5PM-10PM, Saturday, November 19 from 10AM-10PM, and Sunday, November 20 from 10AM-5PM.  Plus you can enjoy gratis drinks and appetizers while you shop.

ClaSha FashionArt Gift Shop

Friday, November 18-Sunday, November 20

The Chicago Fashion Market – 216 S. Jefferson Street (between Adams & Jackson)

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Fashion, Holiday, Shopping


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LucaLanzetta Presents the Molteni & C Grand Opening with Fashion Show

Free Event with Free Drinks, Appetizer, Fashion Show, And Showroom Unveiling

Molteni & C Grand Opening
Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 6PM to 9PM
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, suite 128
60654 Chicago, IL
(312) 329-0229

Email Subject: Molteni & C Event

Molteni & C is famous for the most unusual media system storage systems, wardrobes (freestanding and interior) sofas and dining tables and furniture. The vignettes will feature these pieces as well as one of their built-in 505 libraries

Fashion Show starts at 7 PM
Concetta Cipriano is hosting a fashion show to unveil the sexy new Cettina Design spring-summer 2012 collection! DJ Ciabatta Panini will be on the ones and twos. This is sponsored by EFFEN Vodka and Pure Kitchen Catering

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Fashion, Free


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Nuvo & Chrissy Rene Present Celebrity Dreams Runway Show & Mixer

Celebrity Dreams: Runway Show and Mixer

Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 9pm to 12Midnite

Salon Heaven
1505 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

RSVP Email: Events@csermon
Email Subject: Celebrity Dreams

~ Hosted by Chrissy Rene
..Complementary Nuvo While Supplies Last

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Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Fashion, Free


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Barton Perreira Trunk Show


Barton Perreira Trunk Show

Friday, December 2 · 2:00pm – 8:00pm
glasses ltd.

50 E. Oak st.
Chicago, IL
Cocktails Provided by glasses ltd.  Jimmy Conyack will be spinning.
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Shopping


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Who: Current Material Girl spokesperson Kelly Osbourne is stopping by Chicago on the third leg of her tour around the country to find the next Material Girl. The panel of Chicago-based judges includes Refinery 29 Editor, Shani Silver, and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, Emmy Winner and Restaurant/Nightclub Owner, Billy Dec.

What: Material Girl contestants ages 18 years and older should bring a photograph of themselves and be prepared to tell the Material Girl judging panel why they should be the next Material Girl. Contestants can also upload their photograph to and explain in 100 words or less why they should be selected as one of Material Girl’s “Lucky Stars.” The judging panel will narrow all entries down to 36, which will be placed online at to be voted on by the public, narrowing it down to 10 finalists. The top 10 finalists with the highest votes will be flown to New York City, where Madonna and Lola will choose the winners and the new faces of Material Girl’s spring 2012 campaign. The “Lucky Stars” winners’ ads will debut in fashion and lifestyle magazines and be part of a digital and outdoor campaign and in-store Macy’s marketing collateral and receive a $5,000 cash prize. For contest rules and regulations please visit

When: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 starting at 5:30PM
Where:   Macy’s on State Street
                111 N. State Street                
                Chicago, IL 60602

About Material Girl:
Material Girl is a fast-fashion junior collection inspired and designed in collaboration with Madonna and her daughter Lola, along with Iconix Brand Group’s in-house fashion department. To stay up to date with the latest news from Material Girl, follow @MaterialGirlCol on Twitter and use the hash tag #MGModelSearch. Become a fan of Material Girl on Facebook at


Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Fashion


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Audacious Launch

AudaciouS Launch

Saturday, November 12 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Catawampus Art Gallery

1579 North Milwaukee Ave Suite 340
Chicago, IL


You are cordially invited to the product launch and exhibition of AUDACIOUS Jewelry & Accessory Line! (view the 1st collection here:

Come share with us an evening of cocktails and dope fashions. No cover, just enjoy the art. 🙂

In addition, we are celebrating the release of our OFFICIAL WEBSITE!!

>>> <<<
Earrings|Bowties|Bracelets|Pendants|& More..

Join our mailing list for special offers!

CATAWAMPUS ART GALLERY in Wicker Park is located in the Flat Irons Art Building (by Urban Outfitters).

Thank you everyone for your support thus far, it has been amazing. See you there!

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Art, Fashion, Free


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Made In Chicago Presented By AIBI

The Apparel Industry Board, Inc. (AIBI) and The Shops at North Bridge are proud to announce the “MADE IN CHICAGO presented by AIBI” retail store opening at 44 East Grand Avenue on November 16th. Featuring 21 of Chicago’s brightest designers, the “MADE IN CHICAGO presented by AIBI” store will be open through December 31st and will feature all the best that our entrepreneurs have to offer. From eveningwear and millinery, and from accessories to home and gift items, the holiday shopper will be able to discover one-of-a-kind gift items for those special people on their lists and unique additions for their own closets. Designers will be hosting trunk shows throughout the period, and a special “Shopping for Charity” program will allow shoppers to select one of 10 charities to allocate 10% of their purchase to benefit.


Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Fashion, Shopping


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CeCe & Melinda’s Annual Shop In Chicago 2011 – Be A Vendor

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Holiday, Shopping


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Sneak & Eat // Breaking Bread from Kinema Group on Vimeo.

On Nov 13, 2011, something epic will happen. Chicago’s Fashion Elite have united to produce Sneak & Eat (Fashion Warriors) an event to give back to you – our valued consumers.  For you sneaker heads, we have the Chicago Sneaker Summit – The Ultimate Sneaker Swap. Buy, sell & trade HEAT!!!


… Sunday, November 13 · 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Zhou B Art Gallery
1029 W. 35th Street

We have the BEST clothing vendors from the city including: Fresh Connection, Jstar, Vintage Pot, CopEmNRockEm, Endswealth, Portage Chicago, Selfish, Larkin, The Denim Shack, Fly Sole, Star Child, Windy City Sole, WiiZ Kiid, Rouguelephany, Robotic Minds & many many more…

All Star line-up also includes…

NIKE, AKIN, Succezz, PHLI, Leaders, Jugrnaut, Savior Sol, True Star Magazine, Modern Notoriety, Remy, US Cellular, ABT Electronics, Game Stop, Belive, Jimmy Tan photography & Kinema Group.

Plus, we are raffling off a 50 Inch TV & free installation!!! And for our ladies… a make-over from one of the Top Hair & Make-up Stylist in the world.  Let us not forget, guests will receive free gift bags from AKIRA Chicago all night, too.

All Info Found Here:

Nike All Access Event

All Ages
1pm to 4pm
Hosted by True Star Radio
DJ Phenom
Stefan Ponce
Performance by Marcel Kastree and D-Win

For the grown folks (21+)
6pm to 10 pm

Hosted by Leon Rodgers, Dave Jeff, Crystal Valentine, & Malik Yusef

On the 1’s and 2’s:

Leon Rogers
DJ Word
Vic Lloyd
DJ Earn Money
Stefan Ponce
DJ Manny Muscle
DJ Sean Mac
Performances by Chris Cap, Pop Pizzo, Blink, The Odd Couple, Mike Shieldz, Scheme, YP & Amilicar, as well as Boom Crack

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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Fashion, Free, Shopping, Social


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