With Halloween just over a week away, remember that one of the City's greatest costume shops exists on Howard Street in Rogers Park.

Of course, I am referring to Lost Eras, owned by Charlotte Walters, at 1511 W. Howard Street.

For some reason, it has been many years since I have taken the time to dress up for Halloween.

But, the other day my friends told me that I needed to wear “twenties” garb at their upcoming Murder Mystery party.

Lacking suitable '20s attire of my own, I went to Lost Era's. I was impressed with the wonderful customer service I received by the staff person who made great effort to give me the look of a ‘20s era gangsters. At her insistence, we made special effort to find a tie that (as she'd say) "pop!"

We all know how important it is that we keep our money in the neighborhood. Lost Era's deserves our support – a wonderful venue if you need a costume for Halloween (and to get you in the Holiday mood) or another event; if you are looking through their wide assortment of antiques, old magazines, knickknacks; or if you simply want to browse their collection of interesting and attractively priced second hand goods.

In short, Lost Era's is a terrific Howard Street business.

(Speaking of great Howard Street businesses, if you are upgrading a kitchen, check out LaVii Cabinetry Kitchen & Bathroom at 1542 West Howard, owned by a gentleman who shares a name with one of my favorite ex-Cubs, Ivan DeJesus. I purchased from Ivan when I just re-did one my apartments. Their pricing and customer service are amazing - and beats the prices of his larger national chain competitors (Home Depot and Menards.) And, while on Howard Street, be sure to buy a meat pie one block west from Lost Era's, at Caribbean American Bakery. Anybody who knows me realizes how serious I am about that last point!)

From the Lost Era's website: www.losteras.com

About Lost Eras

Lost Eras is a third generation Chicago family business who has supplied Costumes and Props for Motion Pictures and Theater Worldwide since 1969. Located in a historic building, we have a two-level, 15,000

square foot showroom that is Jam-Packed with Costumes, Props and Accessories from Prehistoric to Futuristic and everything in between!!!

Lost Eras professional experts specialize in putting together the most memorable Costumes for your Theme Party, for people like you! ... Who want to have FUN !!!

Whether you need to outfit for a Stage or Film production, or if you are deciding what to wear theme parties or for this Halloween, Lost Eras is the place to go for your productions or parties !

LOST ERAS also has a Extensive Showroom of Antiques/Collectibles and Vintage Furniture and Props. These items can be rented from One Piece to the Entire Set to Create Any Stage circa 1500s to the 1970s!