By  on November 17, 2009

Joan Weinstein, who became a fashion force with her influential Chicago boutique, Ultimo, died of heart failure last weekend in Miami, family members said. She was 74.

Weinstein and her late husband Jerry, a New Yorker with retail experience, opened Ultimo on Oak Street here in 1969. She was an early supporter of many European designers, including Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier.

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