The latest spring steals from Poladora, Fairmont Chicago and Sofia boutique.
In the present
Get the wedding gifts you really want — and support local businesses — with Poladora, an online registry stocked with thousands of items from more than 15 Chicago area shops. Look for traditional options for newlyweds, like furniture from Sawbridge Studios (1015 Tower, Winnetka), or gifts for couples who’ve already collected the basics, such as spa services and cooking lessons from Centered Chef (177 N. Ada). The best part? If you change your mind about a gift you’ve selected — even if it’s already been purchased — you can use your credit toward any other item on the site. Visit Poladora.com.
Shop and sleep
Forget the bed and breakfast — the Fairmont Chicago (200 N. Columbus) is offering a bed and bargain. Through 2013, book any double-occupancy room at the Fairmont and you’ll score a $100 Macy’s gift card. The AAA four-diamond hotel is also treating guests to complimentary overnight parking — and sweeping views of Millennium Park, of course. Visit Fairmont.com/chicago for more information.
Get stylish for spring at Gold Coast boutique Sofia (100 E. Walton). Through the end of January, scoop up all clothing — including pieces from Rachel Zoe, Rag & Bone and Wildfox — for 40 percent off. We’ve got our eye on this violet bustier dress from Shona Joy (at left). Shop in store or enter code “jan40” at Sofialivelovely.com.