Thursday, April 16th, will go down in history as the day the Big Boy came to town! The new, bigger Barney’s is the most beautiful store in Chicago and the turnout on opening day proved it. Everyone wanted to see it and, by the expressions on their faces, they were pleased indeed. With jaw-dropping square footage and attention to every detail, this store must be the crown jewel in the Barney’s empire.
For the opening, they decided not to do a big blow-out, since this economy wasn’t conducive to it, so champagne and donuts were the order of the day. Delicious sugar donuts by Mindy Segal served on silver platters was the perfect touch. From the flooring to the dressing rooms and everything in-between, the design and furnishings are done to perfection. There is a dramatic winding staircase in the center of the store that takes you to all 6 levels. Beauty, skin care and fragrances are on the lower level. Accessories, hats, jewelry and sunglasses are on the main floor. Designer collections and shoes are on the 2nd level; sportswear and denim are on 3; the 4th and 5th floors are for men and the 6th floor contains Chelsea Passage with selections for the home. BUT the most important feature of the 6th floor is the fabulous restaurant, Fred’s! This chic dining spot has incredible views and a petite and exclusive outdoor patio with only 3 tables with a beautiful view straight down Oak St. to the lake! Imagine sitting above our greatest shopping street and looking at our sparkling lake on a lazy summer day?
Michael Celestino, Barney’s executive vice-president, said it’s been 22 years since they’ve opened a restaurant so they are feeling really happy about this decision and he thinks their location is perfect. Their other two dining spots are Green Grass in Beverly Hills and Fred’s in NY. Not only will our Fred’s be open for lunch but it will also be open for dinner and brunch. The store is open 7 days a week and serves food from 11:30—10PM Monday thru Thursday and until 11 PM on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served from 11-6 PM on Sunday. For more opening day photos and information, please check out www.CandidCandace.com!