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Apolis + Art Effect Chicago Market Bag

Chicago Market Tote BagChicago Market Tote

We’ve partnered with Apolis to create this special edition Chicago Market Bag.

A wonderfully oversized Market Bag in golden jute burlap with a waterproof lining and natural vegetable-tanned leather straps. This global beauty is handcrafted in Bangladesh, finished in California with a design personalized for us in Chicago. Details include antique nickel rivet reinforcements, silkscreening on both sides and a leather patch stamped Apolis + Art Effect. Ideal for trips to the market and running errands, The Chicago Market Bag is also great as storage in your home.

The Bangladesh Project
Apolis is a socially motivated lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide. Founded in 2004 by brothers Raan and Shea Parton, Apolis means “global citizen.” This handcrafted bag provides sustainable employment and fair wages for a growing female artisan cooperative in rural Saidpur as a part of the Bangladesh Project.

Shop the Chicago Market Bag

We love taking this tote to our favorite local farmer’s market, Green City Market in Lincoln Park and filling it up with beautiful local produce and flowers. Here’s a link to all the Chicago farmer’s markets around town.


We’re Hiring a Sales Manager

Join the Art Effect team!


Job Description:
Art Effect is looking for a full time sales manager with great qualifications. This is an exciting career opportunity for a dynamic and ambitious individual who thrives within a fast-paced, fun and rewarding environment. Must have prior sales experience in contemporary women’s clothing. We are looking for a responsible, detail-oriented fashionista who loves working with people. Our ideal candidate is an enthusiastic multi-tasker with a great work ethic and strong leadership skills. Merchandising experience is a plus. Weekend availability required. Enthusiasm a must!

Duties and Responsibilities:

    Strive to achieve store sales goals.
    Maintain adequate sales floor supervision.
    Implement incentives to maximize sales.
    Take action to correct negative sales trends.
    Plan sales goals.
    Supervise key holders and Sales Associates.
    Schedule employees.
    Recruit/interview/hire sales oriented staff.
    Implement store training programs; monitor staff training in product knowledge, customer service and selling skills.
    Review performance / compensation of staff in a timely manner.
    Maintain store merchandising standards.

Please apply with a resume and a cover letter, send to jobs(at)shoparteffect.com

Update, the position has been filled, thanks for your interest. 

Vintage Chicago

Chicago – A Film from the Chicago Board Of Education from Fading Dyes on Vimeo.

This  footage of Chicago in the 1940’s plays like a love letter and gives us an amazing look back in time. It’s inspiring to see how our skyline has changed while so many neighborhoods, museums and parks have remained the same.

Sidewalk Sale!

Sidewalk Sale


Join us on July 18th & 19th for the annual, neighborhood wide Lincoln Park Sidewalk Sale!

You never know what you’ll find on our sale table, it’s always crammed with great stuff at crazy good prices. Lots of deals and fun all around Lincoln Park, along Armitage, Halsted and Webster, you don’t want to miss it.

Uno de 50 Trunk Show

Uno de 50 trunk show


You’re invited!

Please join us in-store on Saturday June 6th for an Uno de 50 trunk show.

10am- 6pm at Art Effect 934 W. Armitage Ave. Chicago 60614

RSVP on facebook

We’re excited to bring this iconic Spanish jewelry line to Chicago! Join us on the 6th to shop special pieces brought in from Madrid exclusively for the event.  The extensive line features a range of styles from simple bangles to statement necklaces and earrings starting at $69. A representative from Uno de 50 will join us in-store to help you find the perfect piece and style your selections. Uno de 50 designers combine a modern sensibility with traditional artistry to appeal to women of all ages.


Uno de 50 Jewelry

Get a sneak peek at the Uno de 50 trunk show with the collection in store now. The handcrafted jewelry is plated in Silver or Gold and incorporates Swarovski Elements crystals and leather into the looks. Shop now to find your next favorite wear-everyday style, or a perfect gift for someone special. We love to stack Uno de 50 bracelets, the mix of textures and shapes create endless styling possibilities.

The brand was created in the late 90’s by a team of designers striving to create something unique. The first Uno de 50 collections limited production to fifty pieces of each design. Over the years, as the brand grew and demand increased, they produced larger quantities, but continue to create editions of 50 for special pieces each season. The line is completely handmade in Spain with great attention to detail. Uno de 50’s signature process uses a metal alloy cast in hand carved molds. The cast pieces are plated with 15 micron Sterling Silver or 3 micron Gold. Today the line is sold in 40 countries and has been featured in Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire.

Save the date for our June 6th Trunk show and  Shop Uno de 50 online.


We’re Hiring

Art Effect is Hiring

Hiring: Full Time and Part Time Sales Associates

Our ideal candidates are enthusiastic and outgoing, with a positive attitude and tons of fashion sense. Must have prior sales experience in women’s clothing, preferable with a fast paced and upscale boutique. Must have excellent people skills, a great work ethic and be extremely serious about working in retail. Weekend availability is required.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs(at)shoparteffect.com

Hiring: Full time cashier

We are looking for a committed, full-time cashier to work in our fast paced retail store. Our ideal candidate is an organized multitasker experienced with retail POS systems, gift wrapping and merchandising. Weekend availability is required.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs(at)shoparteffect.com

All positions located at our Lincoln Park store front in Chicago.

Update: The sales manager position has been filled.

We’re Hiring

We're Hiring

Join the Art Effect team!

We are looking for a committed, full-time cashier to work in our fast paced retail store. Our ideal candidate is a multitasker with tons of enthusiasm, a great work ethic and an ability to work quickly and efficiently.

Prior sales experience in contemporary women’s clothing or gifts and availability to work weekends is a must. We are looking for a responsible, detail-oriented fashionista who loves working with people and has experience with retail POS systems, gift wrapping and merchandising.

Update: The position is filled.

Lincoln Park Holiday Shop Hop!

We’ll be open late on Thursday December 4th, 4-8pm! Come and explore Lincoln Park boutiques along Armitage, Halsted, and Webster at a Holiday Shop Hop. Local bloggers will be recommending gifts for everyone on your list, and local eateries will be providing bites and sips.


We’ll have cupcakes from Swirlz and after 5pm, Emily of Isn’t that Charming and Maya of Charmingly Styled will be in-store spreading holiday cheer!

Meet Emily of Isn’t That Charming

Meet Maya of Charmingly Styled

Treats from Swirlz Cupcakes

Participating Stores and Bloggers:
All She Wrote: Tomissa of She Loved Life
Art Effect: Emily of Isn’t that Charming and Maya of Charmingly Styled
Barbour: Ashlee of Kinks are the New Pink and Jess of The Golden Girl
Comfort Me Boutique: Laurie of 312 Beauty and Monica of Caravan of Style
Green Goddess Boutique: Rachel of An Eventful Life and Samantha of Gold Coast Girl
Fox’s Designer off-Price: Lauren of Lakeshore Lady and Erin of Color Me Styled
Francesca’s Collection: Peggy of Hallways are my Runways and Jill of Hot Pink Style
Kiehl’s: Caitlin of A Cheeky Fox
Little Black Dress: Maria of The Style Letters and Jennie of 2 girls 2 cities
Londo Mondo: Nicole of Cedar and Rush and Sara of Project Soiree
Pilates Pro Works: Jeana of A Sweat Life
Essentia: Ashlee of The Little Foxes
Lululemon: Liz of Adrian-James
Oh, Olive: Kit of The Kittchen
Pure Barre: Sara of Lakeshore Runner
Rara Avis: Jamie of House and Hanger
Shop857: Jennie of Actually, just Jennie and Shaheen of Lows to Luxe
Stella Barra: Christina of Chritiques
Studio Fit: Sarah of The Balanced Babe
Ten Thousand Villages: Sarah of The Kissing Booth Blog

Best of 2014 Chicago Shopping

Make it Better asked it’s readers to vote for their favorite businesses and services in the Chicagoland area. Over 90,000 verified votes were cast in over 11 categories! We are thrilled that Art Effect has been named the best shopping destination for boutique clothing in Chicago!

Here’s what Make it Better had to say about us, “A Lincoln Park shopping destination, Art Effect combines trendy and classic pieces at a variety of price points.” Thanks so much for the support!

Art Effect Best clothing boutique of 2014

Sidewalk Sale!

Sidewalk Sale


Join us this weekend for our biggest sale of the season! The annual Lincoln Park sidewalk sale is a not to be missed event. Enjoy a day of shopping, July 19th & 20th, along Armitage, Halsted, and Webster Avenues with great deals on everything from designer clothes to housewares, shoes, and fine hand-made jewelry from your favorite Lincoln Park Boutiques!



Enter to win a prize package of gift certificates when you post pics from the sidewalk sale! Tag your posts with #LPsidewalksale and follow @lincolnparkma along with the boutique you’re shopping at on instagram!

Three lucky shoppers with the most posts will win!

Post photos on instagram July 19th or 20th to enter share your photos on Facebook and twitter too. Prize may include gift certificates from: Art Effect, Bedside Manor, Comfort Me Boutique, Erin Gallagher Jewelry, The Green Goddess, Monograms on Webster, Monica + Andy, Shop 857, Tabula Tua, Underthings and more…


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