Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Lafont


Written by on April 11th 2009

Wow, it was a tough choice this week! Everyone had big smiles not only because of their awesome new specs! But also because (even though it’s been cold and windy) the sun came out this week!

After a difficult deliberation process and many long hours in the judges room, we have decided upon a CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK! So, congratulations to JOHN P!

John chose a classic frame by Lafont. It is part of their reedition series of frames. Classic shapes made modern with improved materials and manufacturing.

Don’t they make his blue eyes BLUE?!

Congratulations, John!

And a reminder–for the whole month of April, Eye Spy is celebrating a GREEN SCENE. If you ride your bike or the CTA to Eye Spy, you get 10% off a pair of Rx specs. If you donate an old pair of glasses, you receive $25 off a new pair of Rx frames! So come on by and celebrate a greener earth with Eye Spy!


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Eye Spy Tote Bag featured in Parisian Fashion Blog!

Written by on April 6th 2009

Yes, it is true….we are trend-setters here at Eye Spy….even in the fashion capital of Paris! Last year, we gave away Eye Spy canvas tote bags for Earth Day, designed by our former employee and artist extraordinaire, Amanda Browder. Now, this bag is highlighted in a Paris fashion blog, as part of a fashionable ensemble…”un sac Eyespyoptical.”

See the full story, en Francais, HERE.

This was a limited edition bag, so they are all spoken for…but Earth Day is in a few weeks, so look out for this year’s new eye-catching design:-)

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Lafont


Written by on April 4th 2009

This week our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK is JOANN!!! Joann has been a great customer for the last two years. When she came in to pick up her * new * Lafont glasses, her daughters were with her. When we looked at the pictures in choosing our customer of the week, we just could not resist this family:

Thanks for being such a great customer JoAnn!


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Written by on March 25th 2009

Eye Spy Optical has been named the BEST EYEWEAR SHOP in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of 2009″ issue!!!!

THANK YOU for your votes!

Our fearless leader and owner assisting two lovely customers

Murphy still takes a nap in the store every now and then.

Eye Spy has been a part of Lincoln Avenue for more than 10 years! In that time we’ve been named by NEW CITY as the “Best Place to Get Eyewear” and we’ve been named the store with the “Best Designer Eyewear.” And now, we can add the CHICAGO READER “Best of 2009″ to our list of accolades. Gosh, Chicago, you’re making us blush!

At Eye Spy we try to give you the best customer service possible. We love our frames and we want to share their special and unique features with you when you’re choosing your new specs. It’s about a whole lot more than liking a color.

When you walk into Eye Spy, we want you to feel like you’re visiting a friend’s house–a friend’s house with awesome glasses everywhere!!!

It’s about what shape fits your face. It’s about what color will make your eyes shine! It’s about the little details that are handcrafted onto each frame whether it be hand painted etching or frame designs inspired by Andy Warhol.

Our expert advice is only rivaled by that doled out on “What Not to Wear” (but, honestly, they’ve got nothing on us)

We also give you the best lenses on the market. We are always right on top of the latest technologies, making them available to you and increasing our own knowledge of what lenses and products will help you see clearly!

We always have time to explain the intricacies of lens options and coatings.

So, thank you thank you thank you, for supporting us and voting us as the BEST EYEWEAR SHOP IN CHICAGO!!! If there was a poll, we’d definitely vote you as the BEST CUSTOMERS ON EARTH!

Admiring her new panther frames, great choice!!!


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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Lafont, Theo


Written by on March 22nd 2009

oops! We took a little nap and forgot to choose a CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK last week, so today, we’re naming TWO, that’s right, TWO CUSTOMERS OF THE WEEK!

First, congratulation to MARY D

Mary chose a delightful RED frame by THEO. The color and the shape make her brown eyes look so big and pretty! Great choice, Mary!

Our second CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK is our neighbor, SANDY D. Sandy isn’t used to wearing her glasses all the time, so she chose a light and subtly sparkley frame to make her feel and look comfortable and fun at the same time.


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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!


Written by on March 14th 2009

It’s that time again!

This week, our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK is Barbara B !

Barbara came into the store to try on frames and didn’t find exactly what she wanted in our stock. But a little thing like “inventory” doesn’t stop us. We contacted Anne et Valentin and asked them to send us a frame that we thought would look great on Barbara (they will send a frame for any customer to try on for a small deposit). Barbara tried on the frame, liked it, and ordered lenses.

The frame fits Barbara *perfectly!* The color makes her eyes look so so blue! And the shape! It’s so unique, but on Barbara, it looks natural.
Congrats to Barbara, our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!!
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Gonna have the trunks, Theo trunks. Frames like "what?! what?! what?!"

Written by on March 8th 2009
this Saturday, March 14th!
Theo is a great line. Their frames fit a variety of faces and personalities!

We love our Theos!

It’s the perfect line to have in the store during our Makeover Party! Why? Well, let me tell you: When we tell you it’s makeover time, we don’t mean we want to change your look to the point that even your mother wouldn’t recognize you. No no no. We want your frames to highlight your already awesome features and we want them express another side of you that doesn’t get out very often. What better way to do that than with a funky pair of Theos?!

I know you’re asking and scratching your head about one thing: What in the world is a “trunk show?”
I’ll tell you, but you may need to sit down to absorb all of this awesomeness: A Trunk Show is when the representative from the company brings the entire collection into the store! You can try on any shape in any color…and every frame comes in 8 colors!! The representatives travel all over the country (and Canada!) so we really like to make the most of it when they’re in town.
So stop by the store on Saturday, March 14th from 12-5pm and check out the THEO TRUNK SHOW! Get yourself all done up nice with a FREE MAKEOVER! and relax with some wine and cheese courtesy of your neighborhood opticians!
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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Lafont


Written by on March 5th 2009

Congratulations to JODY, our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Jody normally sports a really fantastic and architectural pair of Theos. When she stopped by the store last month, we chose a frame that was a little more subtle, but still really fun and expressive of Jody’s amazing personality. Lookin‘ good, Jody!

Jody’s friend, Heidi, brought her into the store to look at our funky eye wear. If you have a friend you think would dig our frames, send them in to the store! With your referral, your friend receives $25 off their purchase* of a complete pair of glasses (frame and lenses) and you receive $25 your next purchase* of a complete pair of glasses at Eye Spy! It’s like really lovely optical fashion karma.

*one discount per purchase


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Filed under: EVENTS!, Francis Klein

Francis Klein Trunk Show this weekend!

Written by on February 26th 2009
Whoo! We received our new Francis Klein frames today! 11 beautiful, bejeweled frames joined the Eye Spy family this afternoon and we couldn’t wait to try them on:

I really wanted to be like Scrooge McDuck and fill a room with Francis Kleins and just swim around in them all. day. long.

We also met the new American representative for Francis Klein, she brought their new frames into the store for us to ooh and aah over. We’ll have these frames in-store through Sunday, so if you want to try out some of the newest of the new Francis Kleins, stop by for an impromptu

Francis Klein TRUNK SHOW
this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday ONLY!


Eye Spy has decided to start a new tradition! Every week, we’ll select a customer as our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK! This week, we selected Lucia Frausto because her green Francis Kleins look a-ma-zing on her!

This girl has great taste!

The frame has green feathers embedded in the frame and the color suits Lucia so well! This is her second Francis Klein frame–our kinda gal!


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Glasses are Sexy (duh)!

Written by on February 7th 2009

The Guardian recently published an article celebrating the return of glasses as a sexy accessory. Although we here at Eye Spy have long known the seductive power of eyewear, we are happy to see that those across the pond are waking up the SPECtacular possibilities of fashionable frames.

Check out the article here.

And stop on by the shop to try on some sexy new frames to update your look! Not only will they make you the flower to the bees, they’ll also help you see! Functional *and* fashionable?! Who could ask for more?


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