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The season's best Black Friday sales


Belmont Army Surplus It’s all about shoes today. Known for its footwear, Belmont Army carries brands such as Puma, Adidas, Tretorn and more. Get 30% off regularly priced shoes and 10% off sale items (including Converse, Jack Parcell) all day. Shoe prices range from $40–$180. 1318 N Milwaukee Ave (773-384-8448). Fri 26 from 11am–7pm.

City Soles/Niche A majority of the footwear will be marked 30% off at this Wicker Park shoe haven. Look for women’s lines such as Chie Mihara, Cavage and Coclico; men’s shoes feature Florsheim by Duckie Brown and more. 1566 N Damen Ave (773-489-2001, Fri 26 from 10am–8pm.

Disney Store This one’s for you, early risers: Get 20% off any item from 5–10am. We expect sought-after holiday toys will be the Rapunzel doll, ($14.50), singing dolls ($30) such as Ariel belting “Part of Your World,” and Woody or Buzz Lightyear talking action figures ($24.50). 717 N Michigan Ave (312-654-9208, Fri 26 from 5–10am.

The Dressing Room Denim never goes out of fashion at this Lincoln Square shop. Lucky for you, every pair is 15% off, along with sweaters, all day. 4653 N Lincoln Ave (773-728-0088, Fri 26 from 10am–6pm.

Express This all-American-meets-rocker-chic store celebrates Black Friday with 40% off storewide items 5am–noon and 30% after noon. Check out sleek offerings such as the women’s studio stretch double-breasted blazer ($98) or the lace-inset ruched dress in a flashy purple ($118). Men should look for the collection of cashmere V-neck sweaters ($96) in a surplus of colors. 676 N Michigan Ave (312-944-5770, Fri 26 from 5am–10pm.

G Boutique Get 20% off storewide knickknacks such as sex toys, whips and cuffs, and wears including sheer chemises and flirty corsets. Don’t forget your stocking stuffers, which could include the One Touch Maxi Bullet vibrator ($10) or the Ouch Paddle ($26). 2131 N Damen Ave (773-235-1234, Fri 26 from 11am–7pm.

His Stuff Cozy gear couldn’t be discounted at a more perfect time. This men’s shop offers sales that keep your body—and wallets—warm. Deals include Tretorn German-inspired Skerry Winter Boot (normally $60, now $54) and Swiss Army/ Victorinox black down-filled, unisex scarf (regularly $80, now $45). Plus, all underwear (2xist, Andrew Christian, Baskit and Hugo Boss) will be 20% off. 5314 N Clark St (773-989-9111,; 3162 N Broadway (773-281-6111). Fri 26 from 11am–9pm.

Hubba Hubba This long-standing Chicago boutique is taking the nickname for today very seriously. It’s holding a Black & Gray Friday sale, with all black or gray items (think Michael Stars tees as well as Tulle’s jackets and sweaters) marked 30% off. The special lasts through Mon 29. 3309 N Clark St (773-477-1414, Fri 26 from noon–7pm.

Knee Deep Vintage Whether you want to emulate the 1940s with floral dresses ($16–$65) and classy black silhouettes, or channel the ’80s with high-waist pants, secretary tops and gray sweaters, this vintage haven has it all. And don’t forget to rummage through the hundreds of coats ($20–$60) that just came in. Get 25% off all items throughout the day. 1425 W 18th St (312-850-2510, Fri 26 from 11am–9pm.

le Dress Get your upcoming holiday ensembles figured out early with this boutique’s sale. Everything in the store—including Shoshanna’s teal, purple and black strapless Ikat-print dress ($352), Nicole Miller’s strapless cocktail dress ($355) in green or purple with her signature ruching in the back—is 40% off from 10am–noon, 30% off noon–3pm and 20% off 3–7pm. 1741 W Division St (773-697-9899, Fri 26 from 10am–7pm.

Michelle Tan Whether you shop this local designer’s Block 37 location or the original outpost in Bucktown, you’ll find 20% off all day. Besides Tan’s pants, jackets and skirts, don’t forget to check out her handbags, as well. 1872 N Damen Ave (773-252-1888, Fri 26, 11am–7pm; 108 N State St (312-701-1818). Fri 26 from10am–8pm.

P.45 Forget about a Christmas tree, this Bucktown storefront has a discount turkey tree. Visit the store and randomly pick your turkey discount: varied deals include tax-free shopping and 20%–30% off sweaters by 3.1 Phillip Lim and denims from Rachel Comey. 1643 N Damen Ave (773-862-4523, Fri 26 from 11am–7pm.

Panache The more you spend, the more you save at this Lincoln Park boutique. Here are the deets: Spend $1–$400, get 10% off; $401–$1,500, get 15% off; and $1,500 or more, get 20% off. The storewide sale lasts through Tue 30. 2252 N Clark St (773-477-4537, Fri 26 from 11am–7pm.

Roslyn We love this store for its well-edited collection of designer goods, and today you’ll find all fall merchandise marked 30–50% off. There’s also free hot cider. 2035 N Damen Ave (773-489-1311, Fri 26 from 11am–7pm.

SHE Boutique Abiding by its acronym (She Has Everything), this store features anything a girl could dream of—flirty dresses, jumpers, chic outerwear, shoes and accessories. Stop by first thing in the morning for hot chocolate and apple cider (thanks to Starbucks), and be among the first 10 shoppers to get a goody bag. Plus, look for these discounts: Spend $250, get $50 off your total purchase; for $500 spent, $100 off; for $1,000, $250 off; for $1,500, $350 off; and for $2,000, $500 off. 483 Central Ave, Highland Park (847-926-0150, Fri 26 from 9am–9pm.

Silver Room Today’s sale features 40% off Saundra Messinger’s women’s sterling silver line. The holiday must-have is her Little Bicycle Wheel diamond necklace ($48) that spins on a 17-inch sterling silver chain. But that’s not all. Other sales include up to 70% off women’s merch and 20% off men’s items. 1442 N Milwaukee Ave (773-278-7130, Fri 26 from 11am–8pm.

Sir & Madame This urban, vintage-inspired men’s and women’s boutique has a couple of deals up its sleeve: Buy one item and get the second half off. Plus, visit the shop from 10–11am and get an extra 10% off your total purchase. 938 N Damen Ave (773-489-6660, Fri 26 from 10am–7pm.

Skinstinct This Chicago-based boutique supports the eco-friendly lifestyle with merchandise such as green womenswear and menswear, towels and spa products. Find 25% off everything in store, plus the first 100 customers get free glittens. 845 N Michigan Ave, 4th floor (312-202-0708, Fri 26 from 10am–9pm.

vfish This local womenswear line is all about looking good and being comfortable. And today, it’s also about giving a great deal: Take 40% off its fall line all day. 2937 N Clark St (312- 423-7839, Fri 26 from 9am–6pm.

Wolfbait & B-girls With clothing and accessories from more than 150 local designers (Squasht by Les, Siren Betty, Megan Lee, to name a few), you’re sure to find some you’ll like at this Logan Square store. A daylong 20% discount is something else that should make you happy. 3131 W Logan Blvd (312-698-8685, Fri 26 from 10am–7pm.

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