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Filed under: EVENTS!

ART Lakeview 2012

Written by on July 14th 2012

Art Lakeview 2012

Join us for a walking tour of our neighborhoods’ merchants showcasing local artists in Lakeview. Our featured artist is: Bob Fields. He is also the Queen of Specs’ father:-)

Meet Bob Fields at Eye Spy on Saturday, July 21st from 3-5 PM.

Art Lakeview 2012

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Theo

Theo Loves Eye Spy…and Thursday Trunk Shows!

Written by on June 18th 2012

Join us on July 12th from 2-8 PM for a Theo trunk show!

We’re having a big ole barbecue and cold refreshments (read:beer) to celebrate having all of Theo’s brand-new frames and sunglasses at Eye Spy, straight from the Milan trade show!! Theo has eyewear in every shade under the rainbow, so don’t miss seeing this ground-breaking collection in all its glory at Eye Spy for one day only!

We love Theo this much (arms spread wide!) and are very excited to show all the new shapes and colors to you!! Although we relish trying on every frame in the collection ourselves, it is even more fun to see the collection on all of our customers:-)

Handsome dude in the Cinquante+Quatre frame!

For lovers of round frames…Theo Huitante+Sept

For cat-eye lovers…Theo Tortilla

For lovers of the traditional P3 shape,  with a burst of color…Theo  Septante+Deux

Theo Trunk Show and Barbecue on July 12th!

In addition, we will be donating a percentage of our sales to: Girls Rock! Chicago.

Girls Rock! Chicago is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering girls’ creative expression, positive self-esteem and community awareness through rock music. Pretty cool! Through music education programs for girls ages 8-16, they are committed to educating girls about the musical, technical and creative aspects involved in musicianship.  They believe that young girls are rarely encouraged to explore self-expressive creative outlets and are less likely to be given access to musical and technical instruction or equipment…and rock music can be a crucial tool in allowing young women to respond to preconceived notions of what they can become!

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Filed under: Anni Shades, NEWS!, Unique Frame Lines

New Wooden Frames on the Way….

Written by on May 29th 2012

YES, we already have a wooden frame line at Eye Spy….but this one is a little different, of course!

Meet Anni Shades! A new, small line of wooden frames made in the Midwest. Ohio, to be exact.

Anni Shades wooden eyeglasses

This small company makes every frame to order, so we were able to pick out custom color inlays that peek out in between the layers of beautiful wood. In addition, they plant a tree for every pair purchased:-)

We should have our order within the next week or two, so check back for pictures of our newest collection!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, EVENTS!

Anne et Valentin Trunk Show on Thurs., June 14th!

Written by on May 29th 2012

We were sooo excited when we saw all the new Anne et Valentin frames at the trade show in March! We ordered just a *wee* bit more than our budget! We are still waiting for a bunch of our order…since handmade frames take a long time to make:-(

While we are waiting, though, our sales rep from Anne et Valentin is going to bring the entire collection to Eye Spy for all to see!! Yahooo!

Anne et Valentin Trunk Show on June 15

Join us on Thursday, June 14th from 12-7pm to get a sneak peak of the entire collection! See every style, shape and color in the Anne et Valentin collection…for one day only.

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Filed under: NEWS!, Spectacular Sunglasses

Time to start thinking about Daddio!

Written by on May 25th 2012

Yes, I *know* you are excited for Memorial Day this weeekend…but while you are enjoying a cold one and standing over the barbeque, it’s time to start thinking about your daddio. Father’s Day is next month!

These next three weeks will fly by…and before you know it, BAM. It’s Father’s Day. If you did not take our advice and get your daddio a pair of sunglasses last year, or even if you did take our advice, your dad needs a new pair of shades! Take it from us.

I also know that you do *not* want your pops getting cataracts, or wrinkles, or any other bad stuff…and he needs something to update his look. No offense. So, swing by Eye Spy and we can help you pick out that perfect pair…or at least make up a gift certificate for him:-)

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Filed under: EVENTS!

Pets at Paulina this Saturday, May 19th!

Written by on May 14th 2012

Join the Paulina Station Merchants this Saturday from 12-3 PM  as we help Chicagoland pet rescue groups find homes for their adoptable pets:-)

Eye Spy Optical will be hosting a rescue group from noon to 3 PM along with eight other neighborhood merchants within a block of the Paulina/Lincoln intersection.  Each merchant will have a guide as to where all the rescue groups are located. There will be a total of nine rescue groups with adoptable cats and dogs.

This is Ferris from New Leash on Life. Woof.

This is Frisco from Red Door Animal Shelter. Cute!

Check out Pets@Paulina to preview even more pets that wil make you go “awwww.” Then meet the pets and groups who have made it their mission to save these wonderful animals! Meow.

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Filed under: AWARDS!

Vote for Eye Spy in the Reader’s Best of Chicago contest!

Written by on May 7th 2012

Obviously we are a *little* biased…but we really ARE the best eyeglasses shop in Chicago!! Don’t you agree? Well, I guess we have been voted “Best Of” four times…but one more time doesn’t hurt;-)

We travel to Paris and choose the most fun and unique lines for our store! We use the best lenses and help our customers suss out the perfect pair/s. We are always here for our customers…placing special orders, replacing parts, trouble-shooting, and standing by our products!

We love our customers…and hope you will return the love by voting for us:-)

Chicago Reader Best of Chicago 2012 - Vote for us


Your friends at Eye Spy

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Filed under: EVENTS!

Hats + Eyeglasses = a fabulous look!

Written by on May 5th 2012

 Celebrate Derby Day at Eye Spy Optical.

Put on your Derby hat, sip on a mint julep, and get a spectacular pair of sunglasses at 10% off!

The Queen of Specs has a quite collection of fabulous hats…to go with her spectacular specs.
She purchased this beauty in Louisville for the 2004 Derby from a Louisville art and jewelry gallery, Objects of Desire. The shop used to be on Bardstown Rd., which has a ton of independent boutiques with local  goods. Check it  out!

And don’t forget to water your plants before you leave the house. See y’all soon!

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Filed under: Claire Goldsmith, EVENTS!, Oliver Goldsmith

Mom’s the Word On Saturday, May 12th!

Written by on April 14th 2012

Celebrate Mom’s Day with us on Saturday from 11 AM-5 PM! We will be having an Oliver and Claire Goldsmith Trunk Show…as well as massages, mimosas and munchies, just for mom!

Do you need to get a present for mom, but can’t figure out what to get her? Or maybe she wants to get you a present! Lucky duck! Our rep from two of our vintage-inspiried collections, Claire Goldsmith and Oliver Goldsmith, will be on-hand. In her trunks, she will have of glasses upon glasses in every shape in color…and sunglasses that will make anyone look like a movie star! On Saturday only from 11-5 PM.


Claire Goldsmith is the debut collection of vintage-inspired frames from the great-granddaughter of the iconic eyewear designer Oliver Goldsmith. For three generations, Oliver Goldsmith combined beautiful materials, acetates and hinges with simple and classic style, to create some of the most iconic eyewear in the world. Claire re-established the company in 2005 after a 20 year hiatus, to continue the legacy of the Goldsmith family.

Oliver Goldsmith has been a family-run business for over 80 years. Originally, dress designers approached Goldsmith to create frames to complement their collections. Grace Kelly, Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, Nina Simone and Audrey Hepburn made OG synonymous with stars and style. The rest is history. Now you can get your mum a pair of OG sunglasses and make her look like a star too;-)

Our massage therapist, Adreana Maurer, will be giving powerful back massages from 12-3 PM. In order to relax before your massage, have a mimosa or two…

See you soon!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, NEWS!

Hot off the Press. New Anne et Valentin frames!

Written by on March 26th 2012

We just got back from the eyewear show in New York City! Our former Display Dude, Sean, helped us pick out some beauties…and Serina did a ton of modeling. I just ate the snacks….and bought 100’s of frames!!

Because we are such great long-time customers of Anne et Valentin, we were given the opportunity to purchase their limited-edition set of four incredible OBJET series frames!! Of course, we said yes! duh.

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