TGIFractionista-President’s Day-a bargain & culture-packed 3-day weekend!


So many options this month, and this 3-day weekend is packed with opportunities to go, see, do…and buy!

Macy’s Celebrates Black History Month-now through Saturday, 2/23

At select locations, Macy’s is hosting children’s book events, teen dance parties, film discussions and photo exhibits in tribute to the late Gordon Parks. Participating stores and dates are listed here. Enter the sweepstakes to win a trip for two to the American Black Film Festival in Miami, a $1,000 Macy’s gift card, and a book of Gordon Parks’ photographs.

Looking for a cultural activity outside the retail landscape? Try this government database, or try starting with the links I posted previously.

Or maybe you didn’t get what you wanted for Valentine’s Day? Check the President’s Day sale details to see if anything you want has extra savings this weekend.

“Year of the Snake” merchandise for a limited time!

Chinese New Year celebrations don’t end for another week, so enjoy its themed products by diverse brands such as MAC, adidas, GymboreeBuild-A-Bear Workshop. If you know a snake fan, this is the time to shop! Just for fun, share this Chinese zodiac information and gender predictor with friends who have an interest.CNYadidas

Subway has free cookies for President’s Day!-Monday, 2/18

One day only, Subway will give you a free cookie with any purchase while supplies last. They should be nicely fresh since they’ll be baking like crazy all day. Delicious deets at this link.

 ……And in Chicago weekend biz-ness……


Free Forever 21 gift cards at Oakbrook Center-Saturday, 2/16

The first 300 shoppers at the newly renovated 20,000 sq. ft. Forever 21 at Oakbrook Center will receive a gift card of $5-150. Most will probably be $5, but that will buy a few lip glosses at this glam bi-level emporium for cosmetics, menswear & womenswear! Doors open at 10:00 a.m. YIKES.

Hotel Lincoln Pop-Up Market-Saturday, 2/16hotellincoln

If you’re looking to shop local and enjoy the neighborhood experience, this is the schmooze and spend opportunity of the President’s Day Weekend. The year-old boutique Hotel Lincoln is hosting 14 retailers for an indoor mall complete with complimentary sparkling beverages. Vendors will have cosmetics, home decor, fashion for men & women, and gourmet doughnuts; there will be something for everyone.

“Tax Free” weekend at The 900 Shops-Saturday-Monday, 2/16-2/18

Starting tomorrow, the 900 North Michigan Shops, one of Chicago’s  upscale malls, will offer a discount of 9.25% to buyers to offset sales tax. If you’ve eyed an item at J. Crew, Club Monaco or 36 other stores, this is your chance to eke out some extra value on a pricey purchase. Download this access pass to present at the register for the deal.

900 shopstwilightIf you drive, parking is $10 for the day when validated with purchase, which is less than half of what you’d usually pay for an hour or less (not a typo). Take the opportunity to stroll along the Magnificent Mile and shop without having to schlep your stuff home on public transportation.


Chinese New Year parades-Saturday & Sunday, 2/16-2/17, 1:00 p.m.

Saturday’s Argyle Street parade may be considered the attention-seeking little sibling of its Chinatown counterpart. The smaller-scale celebration will still have a ton of entertainment value, and not just because it’s free. Scheduled groups will feature martial arts demos by Shaolin monks, fireworks, dance groups, marching bands and floats.CNYparadedragn

The Chinatown parade on Sunday is the showier lotus, adding the Miss Friendship Ambassador to the mix of marching groups. It’s larger, older, and after all, you’ll be in Chinatown! Peruse this link for information and coupons for local businesses. Choose whichever parade suits your schedule, but you’ve got to love the afternoon start time for both.

Last Call-last weekend for….

Both Chicago Theatre Week and the Chicago Auto Show are closing after this weekend. There’s still time to enjoy some of the plays I talked about in last week’s edition, so check it out!

With so many cultural activities and such great bargains on winter merchandise this month, how are you budgeting your disposable income?  


  1. Jen-lo says:

    Love the free stuff!

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