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Filed under: NEWS!

’tis better to give…

Written by on May 27th 2009

Now that you have awesome new glasses, what are you going to do with all those old specs?

Whatcha gonna do?!

1) Be a responsible glasses-wearer and keep one pair as a back-up!

2) Bring the rest to Eye Spy!

Eye Spy Optical is sponsoring a campaign to collect used eyeglasses, jewelry, and hearing aids!


The donated glasses and other items will be sent to New Eyes for the Needy, a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to improve the vision of poor children, adults and seniors in the United States and throughout the world.


Last year, New Eyes paid for new prescription eyeglasses for 5,945 needy residents of the U.S. In addition, over 200,000 pairs of recycled eyeglasses were sorted, tested and shipped to medical missions and international charitable organizations in 24 developing nations.


For additional information, visit their website at www.neweyesfortheneedy.org. We have a collection box in our store located at 3350 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago

We also have collection boxes at the Lakeview YMCA on Marshfield and at Wishbone at Lincoln and School.

……don’t forget!…….

Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Sunglass Trunk Show featuring the frames of Persol, Maui Jim, and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5! Get your Dad a snazzy new pair of UV Blockin’ specs for Father’s day!!!

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Filed under: Francis Klein, NEWS!

Well, Hello, Remarkable!!!

Written by on May 17th 2009

Oh my!

I just stumbled upon what may be one of the happiest places on the Internet!

A blog devoted to ***vintage eyewear***

Two teenagers modeling “Boy Watcher” glasses, California, 1965.

Click here to check out Note de l’Hotel, my new 2nd favorite blog (after this one, of course).

Vintage shapes are very much “in” right now and it’s fun to look at all of these styles. But buying actual vintage frames creates the risk of breakage when putting prescription lenses in the frame.

That’s why I’m so very delighted to have lines like Francis Klein and Lafont bringing back the vintage shapes. And who would I be to forget my lovely Theo, they’ve been taking inspiration from these vintage geek shapes and re-making them with titanium in bright colors!

Oh joy joy joy, it’s such a lovely day to look at AWESOME GLASSES!


Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Father’s Day Party featuring the frames of Maui Jim and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5!

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Filed under: NEWS!

Huh, how about that

Written by on May 14th 2009

It’s not unusual for a picture or advertisement to catch my eye. Not because of the visual explosion of color! or the innovative use of product placement. No, my eye gets wayward when it comes to Spectacular Specs! Nifty demonstrations of eyewear are always a pleasant surprise.

So imagine my delight when I turned the page of the current issue of Newsweek to see this!

true.

And, of course, there’s this:

Friends don’t let friends go outside without UV protection.

…sent to me by a friend, knowing of my fandom for aviators!

oh, and by the way:

Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Father’s Day Party featuring the frames of Maui Jim and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5!

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Filed under: NEWS!

Aw shucks, you’re gonna make us blush!

Written by on May 4th 2009


As all of our customers know, we are so very thankful for their patronage and enthusiasm when spreading the word about Eye Spy throughout Chicago. We try to show our gratitude in a multitude of ways. We send cards, gifts, give discounts to frequent customers, and so on and so on and so on.

And sometimes, our customers just make our hearts grow so so so big, we can’t stand it. It’s good enough to help someone find the perfect frame. It’s just icing on the cake when we hear back from you.

A little while back, we received this letter and it was like Christmas morning when we opened the envelope.

Thank you, Eric! We’re the ones who are grateful to have you as a member of the Eye Spy family!

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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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THANK YOU! CHICAGO READER BEST OF 2009!!!

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: NEWS!

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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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, NEWS!, Theo

I am soooo into BLUE

Written by on January 24th 2009

Oh dear, it’s not even Valentine’s Day yet and I am so head over heels in LOVE!

No bouquet is complete without a pair of Theos.

I looked around me the other day and found myself surrounded by beautiful BLUE frames!

Ambushed by beauty.

All shapes and sizes!

You can show me a round any time!

With rhinestones!
Without rhinestones!

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?…YES!

Plastic!

Titanium!
Stainless steel!

Go ahead and grant me three wishes, but I swear to gosh, my dreams have come true and they are BLUE!

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Filed under: Lafont, NEWS!

ahh….the first days of autumn….

Written by on September 23rd 2008
crisp air, falling leaves, beginning of the school year…
and new glasses from Lafont and Grotesque!

purple and rhinestones…my favorite combo!

dig that herringbone pattern…love it!

retro frames…no harry potter jokes, please.

and check out the temples on these handsome frames!

and now, what you all have been waiting for….
Our newest addition to the Eye Spy family: Grotesque Eyewear!
It definitely is not grotesque, in fact, it is the opposite:-)

fun colors…smaller shapes…

and you thought the Lafont temples were cool….hold on to your horses, cowboy!

the specs therapist took some great pics….but there is much more to see!
jump on your bike and peddle over to eye spy…we’d love to see you:-)
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