1154 LILL Studio
904 W. Armitage, Chicago; (773) 477-5455
900 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago; (312) 344-1825
20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park; (847) 550-4906
The moment you glimpse the giant flatscreen at 1154 LILL Studio,
you realize: this isn't your average purse party.
The Chicago-based company takes the concept of "purse parties,"
where guests can buy a handbag while noshing with friends, to a
whole different level. The three Chicago locations open their doors
to visitors who are looking for a little more customization in
LILL lets you choose from more than 40 styles of handbags, totes
and tech items, select from more than 130 fabrics for the body, the
trim and the lining, and then pick up your custom-made item (the
production facility is right on the South Side) three to four weeks
And although the huge touchscreen lets guests try out different
color combos and bags, the real draw is the opportunity to touch
and see the fabrics in person. They might not look it from a
distance, but the upholstery-grade fabrics are heavy-duty enough to
sustain a beating at O'Hare and emerge unscathed (although you
should waterproof once you get home).
Store employees are more than happy to make suggestions and help
out the creatively challenged, but the fun comes in bonding with
friends as you mix-and-match on the way to creating your dream
Walk-ins are welcome, but the stores also host events and even
have catered meals delivered directly there (call ahead to make
arrangements). Plus, with the studio's fun selection of new-mommy
and bridal items, it's a great place to host an intimate event like
a baby shower or low-key bachelorette party.
And if you still like the idea of a traditional purse party in
your home, visit the website and click on "Host a Handbag Party." A
LILL representative will bring the studio to you for a fun
get-together. But in that case, the giant flatscreen is on you.
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
See more of Elizabeth's stories here.
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