New Menswear Items You Should Know About

1.) The Sock-Shoe: Barefoot sports shoes (aka toe shoes) might be on their way out after the introduction of Nike’s new FLYKNIT technology. This new technology is a brainchild of input from athletes who loved the support athletic shoes provide, but were yearning for something more lightweight and comfortable than any of the shoes that were on the market. Get them while they last – these shoes will be worn by marathon runners during the Olympics and will be for sale for a few weeks in Tokyo, NYC, and London.

2.) The Waterproof Short: Orlebar Brown created a great summer short that is waterproof. The side tabs and hidden, zippered back pockets give these shorts/swimsuit a tailored look while allowing you to transition from swimming to walking around the deck no problem. Check them out on the Orlebar Brown website.

3.) The Reversible Leather Belt: Such a great concept – two belts for the price of one. Change which side you show depending on your outfit. Paul Stewart has a great one.

What new products are you loving right now?


Things to Do: February 2012


If you are looking to change up your schedule this February, you are in luck: Chicago Belt Co. has scoped out some great things to do around Chicago to cure the wintertime blues!

1.) Valentine’s Day Pastry Market in Logan Square. On February 10 & 11, Logan Square Kitchen is hosting its 3rd showcase of the best and newest local, small-batch food artisans in Chicago. For $1 admission, you can try homemade candy and baked goods, shop for a Valentine’s gift, or just sample hot cider, great coffee, or a specialty cocktail.

2.) Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place. From February 10-19, come see the 104th edition of the Chicago Auto Show featuring a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks, sport utility vehicles, and experimental/concept cars.

3.) Chicago Restaurant Week. Enjoy prefixed menus February 17-26 at some of the best restaurants around the city. Check out the list of restaurants and make reservations here!

4.) Beadquest 4. Collect beads as you crawl through Wrigleyville on February 18 during this bar crawl  created by the founders of TBOX.

5.) Goose Island’s Beer Academy on February 29 at the Goose Island on Clybourn. On the last Wednesday of each month the Head Pub Brewer teaches about a different beer theme while you get to sample different beers from various craft breweries.

CBC’s 2012 Superbowl Tips

What are your Superbowl plans this year? Whether you are going out for the game or staying in, we have some ideas for you!

1.) If you are hosting or need to bring a dish to a party you are attending, check out the Brown Eyed Baker’s list of 75 Superbowl Recipes for Superbowl XLVI  on her blog for some delicious recipes including Buffalo Chicken Dip, Chicken Fajita Enchiladas, Chunky Pecan Pie Bars.

2.) Be sure to be on the lookout for these commercials:

– Honda: the Car company’s commercial brings back Matthew Broderick’s legendary Ferris Bueller character, watch the extended version here

– Coca-Cola: their 2012 commercial features an element that may change based on the course of the game as well  as the company’s iconic bears

– Volkswagen: their new Beetle model tells its own story while also paying tribute to their Superbowl commercial from last year, which was a huge hit

– Kraft belVita: Kraft launches its new breakfast food with this supposedly hilarious commercial staring two small-town cops

– Chevy: the company offers a look at the new Sonic model with an action packed commercial which includes skydiving, bungee jumping, kick flipping, and preforming with OK GO in a music video

3.) If you want to go out, but have yet to decide (or agree) on where the best place to watch this year’s game is – check out Time Out Chicago’s list of the best restaurant and bar specials in the city.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy (almost) Superbowl Weekend!

P.S. We are having a sale this week! 40-50% off ALL belts

Come visit Chicago Belt Co. at Strictly Sail!

ImageCome visit us at Navy Pier for the Strictly Sail event next weekend (January 26-29th)! Strictly Sail is the Midwest’s premier all-sail boat show. The show features seminars for sailors, a remote control sailing pond, an author’s corner, great giveaways, the latest boat designs, the most up-to-date charter information, as well as the newest accessories and hardware from the sailing industry’s top suppliers. Plus all the great activities and restaurants Navy Pier already has to offer! Check out the Strictly Sail website for times and ticket information.

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you there!

Top 5 Things to Do This January

After taking December off because between the shopping, work parties, family get-togethers, and last minute shopping, there is enough to do before the holidays, Chicago Belt Co. has the top 5 things to do this month. So New Years is over, there are still plenty of great things to do to celebrate the New Year. These include:

1.) If your new years resolution was to exercise more you have four more days of “free gym week.” Call or stop into that gym you’ve been considering joining to see if they are participating.

2.) Take advantage of the cold by ice skating. Such a fun date night idea! Here are some places you can go if you are in the Chicago Area:

– Millennium Park, 55 N. Michigan Ave., on Sundays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

– John Hancock Building and Observatory, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Daily 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

– Winter Wonderfest @ Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Ends January 8)

– Rink @ Wrigley, 1100 W. Addison St., Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

– Daley Bicentennial Plaza Ice Skating, 337 E. Randolph St., Weekdays 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3.) Make your own pizza at Pizza Persona . Customized you 10-inch pizza or calzone crust, sauce, and toppings or select one of their 5 favorite pizzas. If you are craving something sweet you can even create your own dessert pizza!

4.) Watch a game at The Scout Waterhouse and Kitchen in Lincoln Park. It is a reasonably priced modern sports bar in the South Loop. During the weekends there is a DJ, but most of the week this is the perfect low key place to have great food and watch a game.

5.) Tap into your inner “Mad Men” self and go to The HighBall Lounge in River North. This is the ultimate throwback to the 1950s and ’60s complete with specialty highballs and cocktails, lustrous booths, and a retro vibe.

What are your plans for January? Let us know & thanks for stopping by!

Happy New Year from Chicago Belt Co.

Happy New Year! Did you take advantage of our sale yesterday? What are your New Year’s resolutions?

There are lots of exciting things happening at Chicago Belt Co, so great ready for new designs and products to come in 2012.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon!

Chicago Belt Co. Launch Party

Thanks to everyone who came to the Chicago Belt Co. launch party!

Last Friday Chicago Belt Co. had our launch party at Kirkwoods in Lincoln Park. We had a huge turn out and it was a great time for everyone who was there. We did a raffle, gave out holiday koozies, and had a sample table of our merchandise for people to look at.

Stay tuned for updates after the holidays, there are lots of new additions for Chicago Belt Co. in 2012! Think monogramming, more colors of the Great Lakes pattern, new patterns, and so much more…

Good luck with the last couple days of Christmas shopping. If you missed out on getting a holiday belt from Chicago Belt Co. and would like one for next year, they are still on sale on our website right now. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Christmas!