Free Events with Fashion Focus Chicago Week – Oct 18-24

Looking for some interesting things to do in Chicago? Fashion Focus Chicago, a celebration of Chicago’s thriving fashion industry, returns for a sixth year in 2010. Running from Monday, October 18 through Sunday, October 24, Fashion Focus Chicago showcases some of the city’s top designers, and features runway shows in Millennium Park and at various locations around the city, shopping events, and industry seminars.   There are numerous free admission events being held Millennium Park, which is located just down the street from Hyatt Regency Chicago. To make a reservation or to view a complete list of events visit www.chicagofashionresource.com.

This year, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is expanding its partnership with the industry to help market and produce the runway shows taking place in Millennium Park. Fashion Focus Chicago 2010 is a collaboration with the headlining show producers: Macy’s and the Chicago Fashion Incubator; Mario Tricoci; StyleChicago.com; and the city’s four fashion design schools: Columbia College Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, the International Academy of Design & Technology Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute Chicago. “Fashion in Chicago is evolving and it is exciting to see a wide range of businesses involved with the industry—from a national department store along with a local nonprofit, major beauty brand, the four fashion design schools, and an on-line media outlet—more invested and involved in the City’s efforts to support the local designers and independent boutiques in Chicago,” stated Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Fashioning Desire photography exhibitionFashioning Desire: Chicago Fashion Photographers Reception

Tuesday, October 19 at 6 pm

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower – 806 N. Michigan Ave.

Admission is FREE.   Click here for event details.

2009 Macy's CFI runway showMacy’s presents the Chicago Fashion Incubator Designers Past & Present with CS Magazine

Tuesday, October 19, 7:30 pm

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade Central – 201 E. Randolph St.

Kick-off the weeklong celebration with the accomplishments of the Chicago Fashion Incubator designers-in-residence past and present. Stay ahead of the trends with this preview of Spring 2011 collections from 14 of the names-you-need-to-know from the Chicago Fashion Incubator. Join Macy’s and CS Magazine for a runway exclusive showcasing alumni from 2008 and 2009 alongside the 2010 designers-in-residence as they debut their Spring 2011 collections.   Admission is FREE, reservations required; click here to RSVP.
Mario Tricoci and a model hopefulsmartwater® & Chicago Magazine present Mario, Make Me a Model and WAVE OF FASHION

Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 pm

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade Central – 201 E. Randolph St.
Admission is FREE, reservations required; click here to RSVP.

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CFIThe Chicago Fabric and Trim Show

Thursday, October 21, 9 am – 5 pm; Friday, October 22, 9 am – 4 pm

Merchandise Mart Conference Center Pedway, 2nd floor – 350 N. Orleans St.

Admission is FREE, reservations recommended; click here to RSVP.

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Studio-808Studio-808 presents the Accessory Style Lounge

Thursday, October 21, 3 – 6 pm

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Lounge Bar – 230 N. Michigan Ave.

Admission is FREE, reservations recommended.

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CFIThe Chicago Fabric and Trim Show

Thursday, October 21, 9 am – 5 pm; Friday, October 22, 9 am – 4 pm

Merchandise Mart Conference Center Pedway, 2nd floor – 350 N. Orleans St.

Admission is FREE, reservations recommended; click here to RSVP.

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Detail of Alice Berry's fashionAlice Berry Studio

Friday, October 22, 3 – 6 pm

Alice Berry Studio – 1820 W. Cortland

Admission is FREE.

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CFIFashionChicago® presented by StyleChicago.com

Saturday, October 23, 10 am – 6 pm

Millennium Park, Chase Promenade North, 201 E. Randolph St.

Admission is FREE.

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Elise Bergman detail of fashionElise Bergman Fall Trunk Show

Saturday, October 23, 11 am – 7 pm

Elise Bergman Studio at Roslyn – 2035 N. Damen Ave.

Admission is FREE.

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le Dress boutiquele Dress: The City of Big Style Sale

Saturday, October 23, 11 am – 6 pm

le Dress – 1741 W. Division St.

Admission is FREE.

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CFIEducation Day Hosted by the Mayor’s Fashion Council

Sunday, October 24, 10 am – 3 pm

Chicago Cultural Center – 78 E. Washington St.

Admission is FREE; click here to RSVP.

Click here for event details.

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