Black Friday sales in Chicago 2011
Hit up these Chicago stores on Black Friday
After a day of shopping, you’re going to need to, as they say on Parks & Rec, treat yo-self. Stop by Allyu Spa for a mani/pedi for $105 and take home two free full-size products of your choice, plus get $10 for every $50 you spend on other products, including crystals, body butters and scrubs. 600 W Chicago Ave (312-755-1313). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Chicago. Bus: 66. 10am–8pm.
“Free gift with purchase” is taken to a whole new level thanks to this deal: With a purchase of $75 or more, C.O. Bigelow throws in a free tote (worth $130) with grown-up goodies like a moisturizing Lemon Body Cream and Elixir Gold Body Spray. 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg (847-517-7167). 4am–10pm.
Flats, heels, boots, sneakers—no matter what you wear to trek around the city, City Soles is going to make it more comfortable for your wallet on Black Friday. Channel your best Sarah Jessica Parker and take advantage of 30–50% off fall styles. 2001 W North Ave (773-489-2001). El: Blue to Damen. 10am–7pm.
Chicago’s curse is the brutal winters, but it does give us the opportunity to wear lots of luxe layers. And today you’ll get to take 25–40% off winter items and 50% off coats. In addition, don’t forget to check out some discounted accessory finds. 1725 N Damen Ave (773-227-3402). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50. 11am–7pm.
Cynthia Rowley Ladies, here’s your cure for frantic last-minute holiday attire shopping. Find quirky little black dresses and classic blouses with character at Cynthia Rowley on Black Friday and enjoy 30% off your purchase. And if you can’t make it on Friday, you can still take 20% off that holiday dress you’ve been admiring for the rest of the weekend. 1653 N Damen Ave (773-276-9209). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Fri 25, 11–7, 11am–7pm; 810 W Armitage Ave (773-528-6160). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 8, 73. Fri 25, 11–7, 11am–7pm.
Get a super early start at the Disney Store today: The shop opens during the wee hours on Black Friday so you can max out your credit cards on stuffed animals, toys, clothes and other things your inner child covets while everyone else is sleeping in. •108 N State St (312-269-4776). El: Red to Lake. 4am–9pm. •717 N Michigan Ave (312-654-9208). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 3, 10, 26, 33, 125, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151. 5am–10pm.
The Edit It’s your reason to visit this shop that recently opened in Bucktown. Stop by the womenswear boutique and find a curated selection (hence the name) of clothes and accessories by brands such as Bec & Bridge, Smythe and Mr. Kate marked 25% off. 1917 N Damen Ave (773-252-3350). Bus: 50, 56. Fri 25, 11am–6pm.
The owners of this Wicker Park shop are known for their edgy style, which will look great in your closet. Take 40% off select fall merchandise; think sweaters from Mink Pink and Emu and other statement pieces that could spruce up your holiday wardrobe. 1509 N Milwaukee Ave (773-486-0830). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. 11am–7pm.
Exhale gives retail therapy a new spin. Treat those aching muscles after a long morning of shopping with complimentary chair massages, mini spa therapies and refreshments in the studio’s lobby. And snag discounts on retail products and wares to help you stay relaxed through the holiday season. 945 N State (312-753-6500). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 36. 8am–8pm.
Gus Modern Collection sale Picture clean, minimalist lines and modern comfort. Looks pretty good, right? I.D. makes your interior design fantasies come true by taking 20% off the Gus Modern Collection. Purchase a Northalsted gift card and receive your dream couch, coffee table or lamp for 20% off, too. I.D., 3337 N Halsted St (773-755-4343). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 8, 77. Thu 24, 11am–7pm; Fri 25, Sat 26, 11am–6pm.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for a loved one, sisters and owners of Fix, Maggie and Jennifer Gelber, are offering a head start on the holiday savings. Give your wallet a break starting on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with 20% off regular-priced items, 30% off on Black Friday, and if you still aren’t on the sale-wagon, the 20% discount is available on Saturday and Sunday, too. 1101 W Fulton Market (312-226-4565). El: Green or Pink to Ashland/Lake. 11am–7pm.
Goorin Bros. Lakeview
These posh hat makers want to put a charitable feather in your cap this holiday season. Make a donation to the Lakeview Food Depository and Goorin Bros. will give you 10% off your purchase, plus a free red feather to put in your cap—a stylish tradition from the ’20s. 3423 N Broadway (773-348-4287). El: Red to Addison. Bus: 36. 11am–8pm.
Dapper gentlemen, have your wallets at the ready because Haberdash offers up deals on pricey wares for three glorious hours. Each gent will get one regular-priced item for two-thirds of its regular price. Might we suggest a sharp blazer by Gant, an edgy basic shirt or pants by Rag & Bone or a vintage piece from the Gitman Bros.? •607 N State St (312-624-8551). El: Red to Grand. •1350 N Wells St (312-440-1300). El: Red to Clark/Division. 10am–8pm.
Holiday Collection at 900 North Michigan Shops The 900 North Michigan Shops are making their posh merchandise and clothing a little more affordable. Luxurious home decor and accessories mecca Wolfhome offers 10% off most store items, Lotton Gallery helps you fill that blank wall with artwork marked 10–15% off, and French kitchenware retailer Genevieve Lethu slashes 15% off your purchase of $500 and more. Stop by the Glasses Ltd., too, for a chance to win a to-die-for pair of Chloe glasses. 900 N Michigan Ave (312-915-3916). Bus: 3, 10, 26, 36, 66, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 157. Fri 25, 10am–7pm.
Knee Deep Vintage
We wouldn’t expect less from the geniuses who kept us out of bed for a midnight vintage crawl. Pilsen’s vintage mecca slashes 10% off all store merch on Black Friday, so you can enjoy markdowns on clothes and furniture from the olden days. 1425 W 18th St (312-850-2510). El: Pink to 18th St. Bus: 9, 18, 60. 11am–9pm.
The early bird gets the bigger discount at Le Dress. Come in between 10am and noon and get 40% off your purchase; noon to 2pm, 30% off; and 2 to 7pm, 20% off. If you’re still in a turkey coma on Friday, no worries; the dresses, tops and pants—ranging from Trickey Threads to Sanctuary to Pink Pineapple—are 15% off on Wednesday and Saturday. 1741 W Division St (773-697-9899). El: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 70. 10am–7pm.
M2 Boutique Winter in Chicago doesn’t have to mean drab, colorless outfits. Accessory connoisseurs from M2 Boutique offer their handbags, clutches, jewelry, scarves and gloves at 25% off to prepare you for the cold and dreary days ahead. Plus, to prepare for the holidays, get your purchase gift wrapped for free. 3527 N Southport Ave (773-248-9866). El: Brown to Southport. Bus: 9, 152. Fri 25, 11am–7pm.
This State Street department store isn’t messing around: Doors open at midnight this year. (We know! Midnight!) Look for 50% off Sharper Image iPod docking stations, Rampage boots for $20, designer down coats for $80 and more. 111 N State St (312-781-1000). El: Red to Lake; Brown, Orange, Green, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to State/Lake. Midnight–10pm.
Panache has been delivering deals all month during its fall sale. Spend up to $500 and get 15% off; $501–$1,500, 20% off; and $1,501 and up, 25% off. As a bonus, enjoy 20% off your purchase so you can wear spunky ensembles by Chan Luu, Gold Hawk and Custo Barcelona guilt-free(ish). 2252 N Clark St (773-477-4537). Bus: 22, 36. 11am–7pm.
This cute little boutique in the Elysian hotel is taking Black Friday literally: Black dresses (to hide the aftermath of the holiday feast, perhaps?) are 20% off. Can’t make into the store? Take 20% off your online purchase with the code black20. 11 E Walton St (773-244-1300). El: Red to Chicago. 10am–7pm.
If you haven’t been to this new Wicker Park shop, now’s the time to stop in and snag deals on kicks and street wear by Akin, T-shirts by Chi Bread and vintage threads from Orange Kat Kustomz. 1420 N Milwaukee Ave (312-880-7421). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72. Noon–8pm.
Hard-to-find jewelry from Sophisticated Science, statement accessories from Antipast and avant-garde threads by Gary Graham are guilty pleasures, but Robin Richman is slicing 20% off their prices and your guilt trip. 2108 N Damen Ave (773-278-6150). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 73. 11am–6pm.
Roslyn If your holiday shopping doesn’t already include chic selections like spunky dresses and tops from the Olsen twins’ line Elizabeth and James, Roslyn will happily give you a reason to splurge. Stop by this Bucktown boutique and enjoy free hot chocolate and 20% off full price items. 2035 N Damen Ave (773-489-1311). Bus: 50, 73. Fri 25, 11am–7pm.
Sarca Your antidote to wearing last year’s holiday party ensemble to this year’s parties: Stop by Sarca and find clothing, shoes and accessories by covetable brands such as Ruthie Davis, Alice by Temperley and Haute Hippie marked 20% off Fri 25 and Sat 26. 710 N Wabash Ave (312-255-0900). El: Red to Chicago. Bus: 22, 29, 36, 66. Fri 25, Sat 26, 10am–6pm
Sebastien Grey Gents, you shouldn’t just be carrying your lady’s bag on Black Friday. Take advantage of Sebastien Grey’s Black Friday deals on accessories like bow ties, collar stays, pocket squares and cufflinks. Plus, get a $100 gift card for every $75 gift card purchase. 645 W Diversey Pkwy (312-346-7629). Bus: 8, 22, 36, 76. Fri 25, 10am–7pm.
You dragged your bestie out on the most frantic sale day of the year, now treat her to a massage. Parties of two or more get 20% off their most expensive service at Spa Soak. •1733 N Milwaukee Ave (773-395-9000). El: Blue to Damen. Bus: 56. •2300 N Lincoln Park West (773-477-1144). Bus: 22, 36. 9am–6pm.
Stella Blue Design Cake and bling: We can’t think of a better combination either. New jewelry store Stella Blue Design takes 20% off its trendy, vintage-inspired selection featuring precious stones, pearls, crystals and feathers. Plus, to celebrate the store’s first birthday, you’ll enjoy complimentary cake and drinks while you browse. 3714 N Southport Ave (773-883-2583). Fri 25, noon–9pm.
A cool graphic tee can make the perfect gift for your cousin who just started college. And since these Threadless T-shirts are only $10 today, you can afford to buy two. 3011 N Broadway (773-525-8640). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Wellington. Bus: 22, 36. 11am–8pm.
Tula We’re all about finding effortless, chic accessories and clothes on a budget. Panache’s baby sister store, Tula, is taking 30–50% off select seasonal wears. With ALC loose-fitting tops, Renata eclectic and colorful jewelry, and soft and cozy cable-knit sweaters hanging on the racks, you’ll want to take advantage of all the deals. 3738 N Southport Ave (773-549-2876). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 77, 152. Fri 25, 11am–6pm.
Uncle Dan’s Winter is right around the corner, and Uncle Dan’s has jam-packed its store with everything the Windy City needs. Take 20–50% off select styles of men’s, women’s and kids’ outerwear and winter accessories. Think pure merino wool coats from Icebreaker and überwarm jackets from the North Face. 3551 N Southport Ave (773-348-5800). Bus: 22, 77, 152. Fri 25, 10am–8pm.