Seasoned shoppers know Black Friday in Chicago can be stressful, what with millions of people out and about after Thanksgiving (or sometimes on Thanksgiving). Of course, you'll help yourself to the obligatory second serving of mashed potatoes first and sneak in a snooze or two, but the savviest of deal-seekers know the year's biggest deals await. Whether you're down to duke it out with your neighbor for the best Thursday night doorbusters at Macy's, or prefer to take the low-key route at smaller new shops, here are some of Chicago's can’t-miss Black Friday and Small Business Saturday events and sales. Good luck!
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This favorite Lincoln Park boutique always carries reasonably priced, trendy women's clothing, accessories, gifts, housewares and more. It's a great go-to when shopping for the girl who already has everything. On Black Friday, shoppers will save an extra 20 percent on clothing, as well as an extra 20 percent off already reduced sale items. To celebrate shopping small on Saturday, Art Effect will give away a pair of Blue Q socks with purchases of more than $100.
This outlet mall isn't wasting any time jumping into the Christmas spirit. Black Friday weekend marks the grand opening of the skating pond, which will showcase a DJ spinning tunes, as well as carolers roaming throughout the mall. Plus, show a receipt from the skating pond to get a free VIP Shopper Club coupon book chock-full of discounts.
If you like a good fiesta, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago should be first on your list. The outlet mall's annual “Fashionably Late” party kicks off at 10pm on Thanksgiving. Snag some amazing deals from more than 130 stores while jamming to DJs Lani Love and Matt Roan during the 24-hour event, starting at 10pm on Thursday, November 26, through 10pm Friday, November 27.
Pop into Logan Square's new, upscale womenswear boutique that stocks up-and-comers alongside major labels and enjoy 20 to 40 percent off all sale items the whole weekend. Plus, enter the shop's Holiday Styling Drawing for a chance to win a $150 gift certificate complete with a one-on-one appointment with a Felt stylist.
Come prepared to knock out some gifts for the ladies on your list. From Friday to Sunday, this Old Town women's boutique is offering 25 percent off when you buy one full-priced item, and up to 70 percent off sale merchandise. Any purchase qualifies you for a chance to win a $150 gift card.