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Black Friday shopping in Chicago

Find the best Black Friday shopping deals and keep your cool after Thanksgiving with these events and sales

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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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Black Friday sales

Akira–Lincoln Park Women

This Chicago-born retailer is offering 25 percent off at all citywide and suburban store locations for both men and women. Plus, you'll find plenty of doorbusters, like that tartan blanket scarf you've been dying to get your hands on, for a mere $10.

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Art Effect

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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.

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Chicago Premium Outlets

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. 

 

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Eskell

Eskell is keeping shoppers on their toes this Black Friday and on Small Business Saturday (Nov 28). Take a gamble at this Wicker Park boutique with its black ribbon sale—will you get 10, 20 or 30 percent off your purchase? 

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Wicker Park

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago

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.

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Felt

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. 

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Frank & Oak

Looking effortlessly dapper just got more affordable, thanks to Montreal-based menswear brand Frank & Oak. The new shop is offering up to 65 percent off 250 styles in-store and online Friday–Sunday, plus 15 percent off sale items online for Cyber Monday. 

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Wicker Park

Handle With Care

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.


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JAX AND DEBB

If you're on the hunt for trendy menswear, now is the time to stock up at this Wicker Park menswear shop. Spend up to $200 to get 10 percent off your entire order or $201–$500 for 15 percent off. Orders of more than $500 get 20 percent off. 

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Luxury Garage Sale

Try your luck at this designer consignment boutique on Black Friday for a black box mystery sale. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive a black box containing a surprise discount ranging from $10 off to 15 percent off.

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