By Trine Tsouderos, Tribune reporter | December 22, 2008
It was lunchtime on a recent weekday, and the Michigan Avenue Nordstrom store was grimly recession-quiet -- except for one spot: the Ugg section of the shoe department. There, it was frenzied. Women filled every seat, pulling on and off the warm, iconic sheepskin boots; stacks of giant Ugg boxes were scattered about. Having grown sick of frozen toes, I bought a pair too. I love them. My now-warm toes love them too. How did Decker Outdoor Corp., the...
By Edited by Cara DiPasquale ( and Chris Courtney ( | January 16, 2003
If you're thinking, "Ugg, it's boot season," think again. Even Hollywood's finest, including Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Debra Messing and Ben Stiller, are sporting the kickers of the moment--Ugg boots. They're not elegant. But they are cozy and warm--just what a Chicago winter calls for. The $110 to $275 sheepskin-lined boots available in navy, black, brown and white are standards on movie and TV sets, and just as good for city strolling. They're perfect over...
November 11, 2003
Britney Spears and Charlize Theron are among the stars who decorated their Ugg boots for charity auction at from Nov. 22 to Dec. 6. See boots decorated by Mariah Carey, Tiffani Thiessen and Denise Richards the Michigan Avenue Nordstrom on Nov. 22. ---------- Edited by Cara DiPasquale ( and Kris Karnopp (
By Suzanne S. Brown, The Denver Post | December 21, 2003
They're so ugly, they're cute. They're so comfortable, they're irresistible. They're so popular, unless you wear a size 6 or a 10 shoe, you can hardly find a pair. We're talking about Uggs, the sheepskin boots originally worn by Australian surfers and now swaddling the pampered peds of Kate Hudson, Sarah Jessica Parker and a host of other hot actresses. Forget, for a moment, that stylish women from coast to coast are wearing knee-high stiletto-heeled boots this fall. The...
October 16, 2009
ALBUM Heavy Crown Lovehammers Find it at, iTunes and Best Buys in Illinois The latest album from Chicago's Lovehammers brings the patriotism with the single "Guns," an homage to U.S. troops. Though the song is a bit heavy-handed -- Marty Casey sings "Let's pray for all those sweet lives/That fight for our lives till the end" -- you can't argue with the spirit. The band has organized shoe box campaigns -- filling shoe boxes with supplies and CDs -- for troops serving overseas...
By M. Kathleen Pratt | October 13, 2007
HEAR IT Tortoise When is a silent film not a silent film? When it's "Nosferatu," the 1922 silent vampire classic loosely based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, and local indie instrumentalists Tortoise sit in to provide a live soundtrack. The free event (8 p.m. Saturday) is part of Macy's Day of Music, a 10-hour music marathon at Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave. 312-294-3000). BUY IT UGGs Yeah, we know ... UGG boots are kinda 2003. But with the Australian brand opening its first Chicago store...
BY LIZ CROKIN | October 15, 2007
Last year's "America's Next Top Model" winner Jaslene Gonzalez hung out at La Pomme Rouge on Wednesday night - Lisa Kudrow was spotted at the Peninsula on Thursday. - "My Boys" star Jordana Spiro, Bulls player Chris Duhon and Ereka Vetrini from "In the Loop With iVillage" all attended the opening of the UGG Australia Chicago store Thursday night. - Matt Sorum from Velvet Revolver hung out at Relax Lounge on Friday evening. - Sorum and Mat Devine of Kill Hannah hung out at Manor over the weekend.
August 31, 2005
Jessica Alba isn't dreaming of Jeannie after all. The sexy "Fantastic Four" starlet was rumored to be starring in the big-screen adaptation of "I Dream of Jeannie," but she told the New York Daily News she will instead focus on an indie drama called "The Wake." "So I'm going to do a little artsy movie next," she said. Good thing, given how the Nicole Kidman-starring "Bewitched" fizzled. Meanwhile, Alba has proclaimed the next generation of Ugg boots the "must-have essential item" for fall--not that she feels...
Chicago's winters are fierce enough to make anyone want to stay in bed all day. But there's good news if you do go out: Cute boots no longer equal frozen toes. A lot of the new styles look great and keep your feet warm. Here are 8 boots (and one splurge) for $150 or less. Airwalk "Teagan" quilted boot, $29.99 on sale at Payless Shoes Sporto "Randy" boots, $65 at Rubber Duck "Snow Jogger" boot, $79.95 at Nordstrom "Chalet" boots, $54 at Sears and landsend.
By Lisa Arnett | March 27, 2008
THU 3/27 Boot camp Australian company UGG has outfitted plenty of local feet with their ubiquitous furry boots, but did you know they had stuff for warmer seasons? Check out the brand's spring collection at the 20 Looks Fashion Show featuring UGG Australia, including beach dresses, swim cover-ups, sandals and hats. While you're there, enter to win a $100 UGG gift certificate and a necklace by local designer Abigail Nowodzelski, whose jewelry also is featured. Includes free-flowing Pommery Pop champagne.
By Steve Johnson and Tribune reporter | November 22, 2010
Three items Oprah Winfrey did not give away — but perhaps should have — on her annual "Favorite Things" audience-bounty episodes Friday and Monday: Chloraseptic spray, to soothe throats raw from screaming. A pashmina handkerchief to wipe the eyes moistened from the crying that accompanied the screaming. A recording of The Beatles' first U.S. concert appearance, for purposes of noise-level comparison. For her final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Winfrey doubled up on the doling...