Although it seems crazy to shop in (economic) times like these, and for winter clothes (when winter is half over) nonetheless, I assure you, it is not. All the stores have great deals right now, and if you're looking for a great place to shop, here's a quick guide:
Art Effect, on West Armitage Avenue, a store usually on the pricier end, is advertising a 70-percent-off sale.
Mint Julep, at 1013 Armitage Ave., consistently stocks their store with half designer pieces and half bargain clothing. The deal there: 50 percent off any already-marked-down items.
Department stores! John Delacruz, the visual merchandiser at H&M Clothing Store on Michigan Avenue, had this frugal tip: "Go to any department store, like Barneys. They have to get rid of all their winter stuff, so their sales are huge." Another idea: go to a department store and try things on for size. Then go home, and type the item into EBay--most likely, it will have exactly what you are looking for.
H&M: Buy one/ get one FREE on winter coats. (This is only for a limited time but they continue a similar deal for longer.)
Forever 21, now with a second location on Michigan Avenue; always cheap.
(Look for an extended version of this article, and more tips, in the DePaulia next week!)