Hot Pink

1464 N. Milwaukee

773-227-7477 or

On the last Thursday of every month the Wicker Park boutique Hot Pink offers free drinks and salon services from 6 to 10 PM–maybe getting dolled up and drunk gives people the confidence to buy the body-baring clothes they sell. The list for each service was a few names deep, but a vodka and cranberry helped me pass the time till my 15-minute massage and manicure, as did a conversation with the salesgirl loitering around the bar. I asked if she’d ever seen anyone get really hammered here. “Like I am right now, you mean? I’ve been here for like eight hours!” When I left she was picking up all the skinny jeans.