In the last few years, Chicago’s downtown beauty scene has received a major facelift. Ulta, based nearby in Bolingbrook, Ill., opened its largest store to date, an 18,000-square-foot flagship, complete with top- floor hair salon. Some months later, Barneys New York doubled its size here, unveiling a bigger, bolder store with an entire floor devoted to cosmetics.
Now that the retailers have had a chance to settle into their digs, WWD Beauty Inc decided it was a perfect time for a closer inspection. I set out to see how each is faring. The result: Let’s just say I didn’t leave empty-handed.
"I love to fight and I got into a lot of trouble, so instead, I thought I'd do it professionally," says Bellator MMA fighter Liam McGeary. #wwdfashion (📷: @andyboyle; Interview by @jeanpalmieri; Styled by @thealexbadia)