7 Reasons To Venture Out Into The Black Friday Craziness

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While some of you will be lining up at your favorite stores at obscene hours, we know there’s a few of you out there for which Black Friday holds about just as much appeal as a root canal. We get it — those videos of people being stampeded to death over a big screen are enough to make us want to crawl under the covers and hide when faced with the prospect of venturing out on Black Friday, too. But, damn, do we love ourselves a good sale, so
we rounded up seven local favorites worth leaving the house for.



Starting Thursday, you can take 25% off your favorite designer brands like Helmut Lang and Diane von Furstenberg in store and online at SCOOP NYC all weekend long. Lofty and luxe, the environment sure beats the madhouse department stores, so you’re bound to snag a steal.

Scoop NYC, 1702 North Milwaukee Avenue (at Wabansia Avenue); 773-227-9930 and 1009 North Rush Street (between Bellevue Place and Oak Street); 312-649-9880.

900 North Michigan Shops

The 900 North Michigan Shops are your one-stop shop for savings on Black Friday. Offering holiday parking rates and opening at its regular time of 9 a.m., this collective of high-end retailers offers a sweet respite to the hustle and bustle that’s sure to surround it. Save big at shops like Intimacy (up to 70% off lingerie), DNA2050 (in-store sips and snacks with secret savings), and Karen Millen (up to 25% off).

900 North Michigan Shops, 900 North Michigan Avenue (between Delaware Place and Walton Street); 312-915-3916.


This popular local sneaker brand makes art in motion — literally. Every pair is designed by a different artist, making them all just as unique as the individual that wears them. Visit the brand’s State Street storefront to get 40% off its entire stock.

BucketFeet, 108 North State Street (between Randolph and Washington streets); 312-261-4700.

Maxine Salon

Even if you haven’t crossed everyone off your Christmas list, there’s no harm in treating yourself a little, too! Maxine Salon is offering its “A Gift For You, A Gift For Me” promotion, beginning on November 29. With every $150 gift you purchase, you’ll receive a free Kerastase product valued at $35 (limit of three per customer). Dry, wintry tresses be damned!

Maxine Salon, 712 North Rush Street (between Superior and Huron streets); 312-751-1511.


Von Z

They say the early bird gets the worm, and Black Friday is no exception. Be at Von Z at 8 a.m. for a sweet breakfast cinnamon roll treat and 50% off your purchase through 9 a.m. Stragglers will still receive a discount of 30% between 9 and 11 a.m. and 20% thereafter.

Von Z, 1872 North Damen Avenue (between Cortland and Moffat streets); 872-206-5954.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Beginning at 10 p.m. on November 28, select stores will open for a DJ’d shopping party entitled — what else? — “Fashionably Late.” Complimentary coffee from Starbucks and prasino will be served and giveaways and special discounts will be had. Highlighted stores include AllSaints, Barneys, Bloomies, Gucci, Kenneth Cole, and Tory Burch — the gang’s all here!

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, 5228 Fashion Outlets Way (Rosemont); 847-928-7500.

Dose Market

If you simply can’t bear the thought of leaving your house this Friday, enjoy the calm after the storm at Dose Market on Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This weekly sale is curated by the fiercest of local fashion mavens, April Francis, and proceeds help to support the local artists and entrepreneurs being featured. Sunday’s edition will feature 23 vendors (including TongueSpank Spice Co., and Edith Hart) who will be on hand to ensure you take home top gift-giver honors this season. Did we mention there’s also a tarot card reader? Entry is $5.

Dose Market, 1st Ward at Chop Shop, 2033 West North Avenue (at Hoyne Avenue); 312-972-8400.

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