Chicago Like a Local Blog

Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author: Nikia Jefferson

Follow Nikia @chitown_fashion | Nikia Jefferson is the woman behind the fashion blog ChiTown Fashionista and has always had an affinity for shoes and shopping, in general. Spending several months living and working in London – which enabled her to frequent the local markets and travel to Italy and France – heightened her love for fashion. During this time, she was introduced to several local designers and realized they needed a platform to gain exposure. Upon her return to Chicago, Nikia created ChiTown Fashionista.

In addition to addressing fashion trends and her latest obsessions, Nikia promotes the remarkable, yet underexposed, local shops and designers she encounters in Chicago and beyond. Deemed as 'the enabler of fashion consumption', Nikia works to captivate the hearts of fellow shopaholics by featuring discounted designer items and the unique treasures found during her shopping adventures and trips to the local markets. These features make ChiTown Fashionista the central online destination for Chicago residents and visitors who seek to combine their love of fashion with a desire to experience and embrace local talent and one of a kind designs.

Randolph St Market

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, it's hard not to visit a department store or mall to pick up something for everyone on your list. But this weekend, there are three local shopping events (in three completely different neighborhoods) that aim to redefine the term "one stop shop" by exposing shoppers to handmade and one-of-a-kind items you simply won't find anywhere else.  

900 North Michigan Shops

With the brisk Fall weather beginning to settle in, there's nothing we want to do more than stay inside to cozy up with our favorite blanket and ever-so-long queue of NetFlix movies. However, I've found four reasons why rolling out of the bed to brave the cold and shop The 900 Shops this season is not such a bad idea.

Art Institute of Chicago

In a time when retailers mass produce clothes faster than the speed of light and reality shows encourage fashion designers to dilute their designs to make them more "sellable", it's easy to forget that fashion truly is an art form. Thankfully, there are four local exhibits that will refresh our memory and reignite our appreciation for design. From Impressionism to nail art, here is the list of current exhibits for the fashion lover in you.

Fashion Outlet

For many, the countdown began when news of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago (FOC) broke earlier this year. As the first fully-enclosed mall built in the Chicagoland area in more than 20 years, to say that local shoppers are excited would be a colossal understatement. Please know, this is not just any mall. It is a mall filled with 130 outlet stores, some of which are the first to hit the Midwest.

Fashion - Shoes - Blog

New York Fashion Week is on and many Chicagoans are in the Big Apple attending runway shows and taking note of the latest trends. I caught up with some of my favorite and most stylish locals to see what items help them endure the chaos. Then, I included where in Chicago you can find these essentials. Not only will they help you survive Fashion Week, but they will also get you through any week in this concrete jungle we call Chi-Town.

Save Big at the Let it Snow Sale

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:00 AM by Nikia Jefferson


Discounted items at Vince 
Thanks to the retail cycle, end of season sales are actually the perfect time to shop for items you can still wear in the current season - especially in Chicago, where Winter is just getting started at the same time stores are trying to unload their cold-weather items to make room for Spring collections.

Oak Street is home to many of our most beloved (and sometimes most expensive) stores. And several of them are participating in the Oak Street Council's end of season Let It Snow Sale. We're talking seriously deep discounts on your favorite mid-to-high end brands.


The holiday shopping season is in full swing. And if you are like me and did not use Black Friday as the day to shop for everyone on your list, your procrastination shall be rewarded. Over the next couple of weeks, there will be several opportunities to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind items all while supporting independent businesses and emerging designers. So, check those credit card limits and start transferring money across accounts because these holiday markets will have you reevaluating your shopping budget. 

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