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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, NEWS!, Niloca, Piero Massaro, Rapp, RES/REI, Theo, Unique Frame Lines

The January Sale is Here!

Written by on December 23rd 2017


Happy New Year! It is time to celebrate new beginnings and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a gorgeous new pair of glasses. Oh wait…yes we can…a new pair of glasses that you picked up for a steal of a deal! With discounts that start at 25% and go all the way up to 75% off, it will be hard to get just one pair!

This is a great time to refresh your look with new eyewear, pick up that bold 2nd pair you have been dreaming about or get those computer glasses you have been thinking about for ages.

Anne et Valetin, Theo, Niloca, and Francis Klein are just a few of the brands that will be on sale, so get here early to see everything!

The sale starts at 11am on Tuesday, Jan 2. See you there!

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Filed under: EVENTS!, HEALTH!, Non-Profit of the Month

November Food Drive for Lakeview Pantry

Written by on October 27th 2017


During the month of November, Eye Spy Optical will be collecting non-perishable, unexpired food items!  Drop off your donation and receive a $25 discount on a pair of glasses!!!

food donation

One of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.


1 in 9 people on the North Side suffers from food insecurity.

With 3 food distribution programs that deliver more than 1.6 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year and social services that help clients achieve independence, Lakeview Pantry aims to end hunger for good. Join us to be part of the solution.


How Can You Help:

There is a greater need for the following items:

  • Canned Tuna, Chicken, and Beef
  • Cereal and Oatmeal
  • Ramen and Rice
  • Microwavable Mac & Cheese and Soup
  • Toiletries- Full and Sample Sizes

 All non-perishable, unexpired food items are appreciated!

Consider donating modest sizes. For example; several 24oz cans are preferable to one 64oz can, easier to carry home.



For more information, please visit them online and follow them on Facebook


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Filed under: EVENTS!

Pajamas + Friday the 13th at Eye Spy

Written by on January 11th 2017


Our favorite day of the year is Friday the 13th…and our favorite outfit is pajamas! So, we have decided to put it all together and and have a little par-tay! Woo, hoo!

This January 13th from 11-7pm, we will be wearing our jammies at work, while dipping cookies into our hot cocoa . You are invited to join us. We will have board games, and be sharing our cookies and cocoa with you:-)

And since our January Sale is in full-swing….we will be giving 10% off on lenses with the purchase of a sale frame on Friday only!



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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!, Non-Profit of the Month

NPO of the Month: American Brain Tumor Association

Written by on May 13th 2016

Each month we donate a portion of sales at one of our events to a local non-profit organization that we admire. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and we are thrilled to be working with the American Brain Tumor Association.

American Brain Tumor Assoc. logo


The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was founded in 1973 in Chicago and has funded almost $30 million in brain tumor research. They are committed to helping people of all age ranges and with all types of brain tumors through funding research, publishing educational materials and providing training to health care professionals. The ABTA is committed to “the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those impacted by a brain tumor diagnosis.”


 About Brain Tumors

• There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor.

• Nearly 78,000 new cases of primary brain tumors will be diagnosed this year.

• Approximately 4,600 children ages 0 – 19 will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.

• Malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.

 location-for-the-cerebellumHow can you help?

Come to our week long Anne et Valentin Pop-up Shop starting on May 14th from 12-5pm at Eye Spy Optical and find a gorgeous new pair of eyeglasses (or two!) – we will be donating a percentage of our sales from the pop-up shop! You can also take a look at their website and and like their facebook page  to keep up with their latest news, for resources for you and your loved ones who have brain tumors, and to find out how you can volunteer your time.



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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!

Anne et Valentin Pop-up Shop and Trunk Show!

Written by on May 4th 2016

It is our lucky week!! The day after Friday, May 13th, we will be having an Anne et Valentin Pop-up Shop all-week long…beginning on Saturday the 14th from 11-5pm. With their newest releases *and* all of the styles and colors in their current collection, it’s going to be amazing!!


Continuing our lucky streak, Anne et Valentin introduced a ton of purple into their new and current collection! They must have read our mind…or just finally listened to us;-)


With every purchase of an Anne et Valentin frame and prescription lenses during the pop-up shop, we will throw in FREE, yes FREE, anti-reflective coating…which is usually $125!!

The Pop-Up Shop continues for a week until Saturday, May 21st at 3pm and culminates in a Grand Cirque de Printemps at Eye Spy until 6pm…or whenever we feel like kicking you out:-)

For our French-circus themed soiree, JoSnow will be joining us to provide boozy snow cones! No circus is complete without cotton candy, caramel corn…and accordion music!!

As you know, each month we donate a portion of sales from our event to a local non-profit organization. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and we are thrilled to be working with the American Brain Tumor Association.

A bientot!! In other words, see you soon!!


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Filed under: EVENTS!, KIDS!

Book Swap, Readings and Spy Gear at Eye Spy…OH MY!

Written by on January 27th 2016

2016-Feb-book-swap_finalJoin us on February 20th for a day full of kid friendly fun!

Shake off those winter blues and get out of the house for a day at Eye Spy!

*826Chi will be in the store with a selection of spy gear from their spy shop The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. (formerly the Boring Store). They will also have info about their kids writing workshops for you to peruse as well as some writing samples by some of their very talented young authors to read.

*Get a jump start on your spring cleaning by bringing in books that are ideal for kids 8-18. It is cold out there and this is perfect reading weather – bring in your old books and exchange them for something new to cozy up with.

*Snacks for nibbling and some hot cocoa to wash it down and warm you up.

*Girl Scouts from will be hanging out selling those cookies you have been waiting all year to buy.

A portion of all purchases will go to 826Chi, so get those stir-crazy kids out of the house and help support a great Chicago organization!


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Art Alert: Sea/See/Saw

Written by on August 22nd 2015

What do you do with your old glasses when they have grown outdated and the lenses no longer workd for you?

Most people shove them away in the back of a drawer and forget about them or throw them away.


A couple of Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett decided to put some of those old lenses to use…14,000 of them!


They created a large scale instalation named Sea/See/Saw on the front of Istanbul’s Pera Museum overlooking the Bosphorous river.


Thousands of lenses hang and glitter in the sun, reflecting the river water and moving with the breeze.


What a beautiful way to turn trash into art!

We know, you probably won’t turn your glasses into art like this, but you can dig them out of those drawers and give them new life.  We collect old glasses and donate them to a great organization called New Eyes for the Needy.  They help provide glasses to those less fortunate and keep your old frames out of the landfill.

If you do decide to make art out of your old frames, send it over, we want to see it!



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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Italee, KIDS!

New Customer Of the Week…Andrew!!!

Written by on November 17th 2014

Say hi to Andrew, our newest customer of the week!

Andrew is the 4th person in his family to wear glasses and he couldn’t be happier. This 6 year old was so excited to get his first pair of specs that he did a little shimmy when he finally got to put them on!


He chose a pair of Italee 2.5 frames in his favorite color, blue, and he LOVES the way he looks with them on…just look at that smile!

Andrew is fast as a cheetah and a champion at tag so he can’t wait to get out of the classroom for recess everyday. He also loves to play chess with his dad and competes in tournaments with kids of all ages…he beat a 3rd grader yesterday!

2.5 Italee


2.5’s are perfect for a kid like Andrew. They are light weight and comfortable so he can wear them all day,  and they won’t fall off when he is playing since they have cable temples that curl around his ears.

Watch out world…Andrew is coming for you…and now he can see!


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