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The Best Holiday/Black Friday Shopping Near Chicago

By Laura Slowick | Nov 16, 2018

For most of us, the holiday season means four things: family, food, friends, and shopping. If you’re as excited about the changing of the seasons as we are, and if you’re looking for a way to communicate to your loved ones how much they mean to you, this 2018 Chicago area holiday shopping guide is for you.

Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue, also known as “The Magnificent Mile,” includes more that 460 retailers of all kinds, all within walking distance. Wander through three vertical shopping centers to find everything you need, from apparel to cosmetics, electronics, major department stores, jewelry, luxury and designer stores, shoes, sports stores, pet boutiques, toys, and more.

Christkindlmarket Chicago

If you’re someone who can’t wait till December rolls around to start singing along to Christmas carols, Christkindlmarket will feel like paradise. Come see Daley Plaza transformed into a quaint European Christmas village full of delicious schnitzel, specialty sausages, hot spiced wine, and imported German beer while you explore nearly 60 vendor shops full of hand-crafted ornaments, toys, jewelry, nutcrackers, and other holiday delights. Christkindlmarket will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve at 4pm, but otherwise it’s open Sundays through Thursday from 11am to 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 9pm from November 18th to December 24th.

Randolph Street Holiday Market

If you’ve never been to Randolph Street Market, let this holiday season be your excuse. Full of art, jewelry, boutique fashion, vintage and modern decor, and unique home furnishings, Randolph Street Market has been featured in Travel+Leisure, Art+Auction, Architectural Digest, Time Out Chicago, USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, and the Wall Street Journal. While you do have to purchase tickets to get in, the opportunity to access some of the world’s most trendsetting stores is well worth it.

What’s Not Open On Thanksgiving

Of course, part of smart holiday shopping is knowing what’s not open on major shopping holidays. While some stores will actually be closed on Black Friday itself, these stores have already announced that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2018. These include major stores like Costco and Sam’s Club, as well as stores like Marshalls, Nordstrom, and TJ Maxx, so make sure you do your Thanksgiving dinner grocery shopping and clothes shopping early!).

Tips to Make the Most of Your Excursions

Make the most of your shopping excursions by taking the time to see what’s out there: take a look through those mailers and advertisements you normally toss throughout the year, and ask your friends where they’ve found shopping success. Be sure to plan your excursions ahead of time: check dates, times, and product availability, and decide who’s going--you may need to arrange childcare for the kids since holiday shopping is better accomplished with a little secrecy and focus! Make the day a date with your spouse, siblings, parents, or adult children so you can enjoy the time together while prepping for the holidays. After all, celebrating the people in your life is what holiday shopping is all about!

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