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20/20 Anniversary Party on October 20th!

Written by on October 5th 2018

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating 20 years of custom, colorful, handmade eyewear!
From the day that the Queen of Specs opened the shop doors in October of 1998; colorful, handmade, well-designed, bold eyewear was the driving force. Whether you live around the corner or you are one of our faithful customers who comes to our shop from across the country to see our selection of small, independently-designed and produced lines…thank you for supporting us!!


Join us for our 20/20 Anniversary Party from 3-7pm to celebrate with us behind the shop!! We will be unveiling our outdoor mural and having photos taken in front of this incredible new painting by Tracee BadwayIris the Airstream will be joining us, along with Melissa from JoSnow serving cocktails, & DJ Sasha No Disco.

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Francis Klein Trunk Show on Sept 15th!!!!

Written by on September 5th 2018

2018_FK_Trunk_show on Saturday, Sept 15th

    Our Francis Klein Paris representative will be here straight from their workshop in France to help you design your very own custom frame! You can personalize your shape, color and even choose which gorgeous Swarovski crystals and hand-painted designs will adorn your one-of-a-kind frame. This is a rare treat, as Francis Klein only visits us every few years, at the most!!


Wine & cheese will be provided to help with your decision-making, and we will, of course, guide you through the process:-)

    All of their new shapes and colors will be introduced as well, so join us in seeing their new 2018 Fall collection!!
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March Makers Pop-up on March 10th!

Written by on February 11th 2018

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We have invited Milton & Margies Soy Wax Candles, Bird Trouble & Earth Cadets to join us from 12-5pm on Saturday, March 10th for a mini makers market. These talented artisans make all of their goods by hand…and you are invited to make something too! Busy Beaver Button Co. is providing the materials for us to make buttons for the upcoming March elections!

Milton & Margie’s Soy Wax Candles


Milton & Margie’s Soy Wax Candles creates 100% soy candles in reused containers like teacups and cocktail glasses. With scents are inspired by the Midwest like Camp Fire, Dusk and Great Lakes, it is hard to choose just one!

You may also recognize Milton & Margie’s from the Candles and Cocktails events we have been hosting once a month. If you are feeling crafty, sign up and you will learn how to pour and scent your own candle.

Bird Trouble

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Bird Trouble  is a line of stylish leather handbags and accessories for everyone with a bit of a wild side. Alexz designs her leather goods right here in Chicago  and is inspired by travel, DIY culture, her family who immigrated to the USA from Mexico and Chicago’s punk and rock and roll music scenes.  Fresh shapes, saturated colors and lots of fringe, what more could you want?

Earth Cadets


Meet Earth Cadets! A line of hand-printed home goods and accessories that are made in Chicago. Krissy, the owner, has a strong commitment to maintaining and respecting our environment – using organic and recycled materials. Her colorful and bold prints are kind to you and kind to the environment.

Busy Beaver Button Co

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Owner Christen Carter started Busy Beaver Button Co out of her college apartment in 1995, making merch buttons for Guided By Voices. Twenty years later, Busy Beaver has evolved into a 25-person custom button mecca, creating over 85,000 designs and producing tens of millions of buttons for clients ranging from breweries to museums to people just like you.

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Donuts & Dreidels Holiday Party!

Written by on December 6th 2017

Have you ever wondered how to play the game of Dreidel? Kids around the world play this easy game throughout Chanukah….and we will teach you how to play too!!

We will also have candles from Milton and Margie’s for sale, and handmade jewelry by our very own Optical Oracle. In addition, all of our eye-related accessories will be on sale at 20% off!! This includes Eyebobs readers, eye masks, eyeglass cases, and more!

On Chanukah, kids typical enjoy jelly-filled doughnuts and chocolate coins, so we will have plenty of these treats on hand!! We will also have hot cider…spiked and non-spiked!

See you on Saturday, December 16th from 12-5pm!!


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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!, Niloca, Theo, Unique Frame Lines

November Trunk Shows are Here!

Written by on October 31st 2017

November Trunk Shows every Saturday

It’s Trunk Show month at Eye Spy! Every Saturday in November, we’ve got our favorite lines scheduled to make an appearance! Check out the line up below!

Saturday, November 4th: Article One Eyewear

Wes, the owner of Article One, is driving in from Flint, Michigan with his bags full of their newest 2108 collection that was just released last month. Hear the story behind how Wes started the company, what keeps him going, and the story behind each frame. Select your favorite shape & color combo and get yo’self a new pair of glasses & sunnies! 



Saturday, November 11th: Double-Header! Kirk & Kirk and Niloca eyewear

Kirk & Kirk’s  Spring 2018 collection is sweet like candy! It is full of new, translucent bold, but wearable colors and shapes in their Kaleidoscope series. We will also be showing their Vivarium series that has retro colors and shapes.

Niloca pushes eyewear boundaries. The Australian designer makes eyewear for unabashed, confident eyewear connoisseurs, who pave a path to the highest peak and shout from its summit, “HERE I AM WORLD, TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT!!” Niloca’s collections are always a breath of fresh air and we can’t wait to see the newest additions!

Saturday, November 18th: Anne et Valentin

Anne et Valentin’s Spring 2018 collection is full of pretty surprises. New men’s shapes, along with shapes for smaller faces were just introduced, along with their usual fantastic colors & fun shapes for men, women, and kids. Anne et Valentin is doing what they do best – unique designs that are easy-to-wear and comfortable- which is why they are always a favorite. AV_KOMPO 1556

Saturday, November 25th: Theo eyewear

Theo never disappoints, and this year is no exception! Bright colors and modern graphic shapes aplenty, the 2018 collection is full of fun and surprises! Their new bi-color series is a must-see for anyone who is looking for something a bit out-of-the-ordinary. 

For a private showing on the Sunday following each show, call us at 773.477.2670, email us at [optician at] for an appointment…or send us a message through Instagram

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, Gentle Monster, Kaenon, Mykita, Niloca, Oliver Goldsmith, Piero Massaro, PlasticDelux, Rigards, Sabine Be., Spectacular Sunglasses, Super, Theo, Thierry Lasry, Unique Frame Lines

August Sunglasses…and More Sale!!

Written by on August 2nd 2017

2015_sunglass_saleOur AUGUST SUNGLASS SALE is on!! Once a year, we round up all of our sunglasses, and discount every pair! 

All sunglasses are on sale from the beginning to the very end of the month! Come by and take advantage of discounts from 10-75% off of almost every pair of sunglasses in the store. Yowza! Just to add to the crazy of the sale, we have also put a a few of our eyeglasses lines on sale for 25% to 75% off!

Come by and let us fit you with lovely sunnies to enjoy for the rest of the summer… and throughout the winter!


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Filed under: EVENTS!, Spectacular Sunglasses

Vuarnet Pop-up Shop!

Written by on July 2nd 2017

Join us at Lakeview Live every Wednesday in July and August from 5:30-8:30pm behind the shop on Paulina…just south of Roscoe.


On August 2nd, we will have a Vuarnet Pop-up with Iris the Airstream behind the shop on Paulina during Lakeview Live! We will have the entire Vuarnet collection…and it is huge!! Their mineral lenses are the best on the market, blocking out UV, infrared and blue light!!

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Have you met Iris the Airstream? If not, swing by! See you soon!

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Anne et Valentin June Pop-up!

Written by on May 22nd 2017


The newest Anne et Valentin collection is incredible in scope, design and color. This is their strongest collection yet. They introduced so many fabulous new colors and new shapes that we went over-board when placing an order for the shop. On June 15th from 3-7pm, you will be able to see every shape and every color in their current and new collections. They have eyewear for men, women *and* kids.

This show is definitely not to be missed! Sneak a peek at some of the images below and see you there!





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Nail Art Social & Tea Party

Written by on April 23rd 2017


Join us on Mother’s Day weekend for a one-of-a-kind manicure! Artist Hillery Sproatt will be at Eye Spy Optical painting works of art on your fingernails on Saturday, May 13th. Her abstract floral designs will make you smile every time you look at your hands:-)

Invite your mom or a friend to join you…and stay for high tea with finger sandwiches, and scones!

Appointments are every 30 minutes and the nail painting costs $35/person.

Register here:

After you register for the event, we will contact you to schedule an appointment time.

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Anni Shades, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, Mykita, Niloca, Piero Massaro, Rapp, RES/REI, Sabine Be., Theo

Getting Ready for Our January Sale!!

Written by on December 30th 2016

Who doesn’t love a sale? Last year, we had people waiting at our door on the first day of our sale! And for good reason.

We have select styles of Mykita, Gentle Monster, Francis Klein, Anne et Valentin, Theo, Niloca and more on sale for 25%, 50% and 75% off! We even ordered over 50 frames exclusively for our sale that we are marking-down right now …so stop by starting on Monday, January 2 for the best selection!

Did you know that we are open everyday in January?! Yep….so you have plenty of chances to scoop up a great deal, and have no time for excuses! Our January Hours: Sunday & Monday from 12-5pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11-7pm and Saturday from 10-6pm.


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