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In case you've been busy gifting and cocktailing the past two weeks, allow us the opportunity to catch you up. Below are all the notable stories of the past two weeks from pearl Necklaces at the Boarding House to the newest shopping app from the backers of Groupon
[Is Uniqlo coming?]
EVERYWHERE - Chicago's shopping experts and industry professionals far and wide have weighed in on shopping over the past year. Check out what they have to say regarding the best and the worst trends, biggest surprises and favorite personal purchases, regrets and the best newcomers and a one word synopsis test. Oh, we've also tested their psychic insight as to what will happen in 2013.
ONLINE - Chicago-based Lightbank (the people behind Groupon, Belly, Obaz and other forward thinking apps have started walk.by, a shopping app for small boutiques that takes window shopping to the next level.
BUCKTOWN - The gym of the future, only to be monitored by cameras (no humans) complete with biometric keypads and pin numbers individual to the gym member has opened. Did we forget that it's 24-hours? Yup, it's real.
ONLINE - A new crowd sourcing app started by a Chicagoan steeped in knowledge of consumer habits has made an app called Vicelight that could potentially shape how people shop for things and how companies market to consumers.
GOLD COAST - The entrance to Rochester Big & Tall on Michigan and Chestnut will soon be sealed off. Why? Let's speculate.
RIVER NORTH - This spring when Jason Wu's more accessible line, Miss Wu launches at Nordstrom, the designer himself will be making an appearance.
RIVER NORTH - Meet the hostess (with the mostess) who made the pearl necklaces for the dining room staff at Alpana Singh's new restaurant, The Boarding House.