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    In case you haven't noticed, festive decor is already up in most of the major retailers in town. Love it or hate it, the holiday shopping season has unofficially begun — and perhaps you've already learned to beat the system (and the crowds) by shopping online. Great thinking — but we suggest you think outside of the retail-chain (gift) box and shop our very own Chicago retailers online instead.

    What could be better than supporting your favorite neighborhood hot spots without having to even get out of your pajamas? Not to mention, these websites will be super handy in the months when you can’t bear to see the bare trees outside — and a little easier to drop your man a hint for the holidays, too. Just leave that computer on that page of fabulous handbags, ladies.

    Chicago’s e-commerce market has everything to offer from the best holiday party attire at Akira to super-luxe gems at Ultra Diamonds. And, let's not forget a shoe selection for any footwear obsessive at Lori’s Shoes. Start clicking and you can get your retail fix without braving the snow/ice/wind/rain. You’re welcome, dear reader.

    Photo: Courtesy of Ultra Diamonds

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