Cy Fredrics Opens a New Store in Chicago



The store is focused on women’s jewelry and bridal

Cy Fredrics, one of Chicago’s favorite fine jewelry outposts, has opened a second location—in the city’s affluent Highland Park neighborhood.

The retailer, which has maintained a bustling business in suburban Glenview, Ill., for almost 60 years, moved into a space formerly occupied by Port Clinton Jewelers. The shop hired a handful of staffers from the previous store, including co-owner Terri Perlman. 

Dustin Lemick, third-generation owner of Cy Fredrics, did not return a request for comment but told the Chicago Tribune that presence in Highland Park has been a longtime goal: “We’ve had a nice customer base from Highland Park,” he said. “We have been looking for the right opportunity for a second location for a good 10 years…. Our strategy was to become situated in the neighborhood.”

The Highland Park location has a focus on women’s jewelry and bridal but also includes a full-service custom design and repair studio. 

“Everything is done in-house,” Lemick told the Chicago Tribune. “One of our strong suits is custom design. In addition to our exclusive line created by designer Kendall Nicole, we also repurpose older pieces our customers bring us.”

The business debuted in Skokie, Ill., in 1958—founded by Cy Lemick and Fred Mandel. Lemick eventually bought Mandel out, and he and his son, Michael, ran the company for decades. The duo opened the Glenview store in the late 1970s. 

JCK Magazine Editor