Plastic Bag (Credit: CBS)

Evanston’s Phase-Out Of Plastic Bags Begins Soon

Beginning Aug. 1, large retailers in the north suburb will not be giving out plastic bags at checkout.


Magda Walczak retrieves a package from  her doorstep. (CBS)

Are You A ‘Returnaholic’ With Online Buys? If So, Retailers Have Their Eye On You

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at the punishment you could face for returning to sender too many times.


A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

How To Haggle With Online Retailers

It sounds simple enough: Contact a retailer and share the lower price you saw on a competitor’s website. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker puts the method to a test.


CBS 2 asked experts to evaluate flowers from independents and big-box retailers. (CBS)

Experts Compare Flowers From Independents Versus Big-Box Retailers

(CBS) — As the ground heats up, so does business at garden centers. And let’s face it, nothing says Mother’s Day like flowers and plants. CBS 2’s Ed Curran did some shopping to see if […]


Black Friday

Expert: Stores Will Soon Be Open All Day On Thanksgiving

While most people will be digesting their turkey dinner next Thursday night, some retail employees will be heading out to work.


Consumers can enjoy a host of free items by registering on retail websites for birthday coupons. (CBS)

One Simple Step Unlocks All Kinds Of Birthday Freebies

Retailers will offer up a variety of services on your birthday if you’ll just furnish them with one thing. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.


Loehmann's on State Street closes this weekend. (CBS)

Another Downtown Retailer Closing

Retailer Loehmann’s closes this weekend on State Street, the latest store to close downtown. But hope may be on the horizon, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.


Christmas shopping (CBS)

Retailers Want More Personal Info In Exchange For Returns

The trend upsets some consumers who don’t want to become part of a company’s marketing database.


Holiday shoppers pack the aisles. (credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

Holiday Sales Help Retailers Ring In More Than $450 Billion

Cashmere sweaters marked down from $100 to $30 are one of the many door-buster deals offered as stores opened as early as 7 a.m. Sunday. That’s what’s necessary to get consumers in the door, but as CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports, analysts say what really may have them shopping is pent up demand, after several years of holding back.

CBS 2–12/26/2010

Macy's Shopper

Many Stores Open Late For Procrastinators

It’s Christmas Eve, and thus, it’s your last chance to get up, get out and finish your last-minute holiday shopping.

CBS Chicago–12/24/2010

Kraft Products

Host A House Party With Free Food, Fun & Gifts

How about this for your next party? You provide the guest list and major manufacturers provide the food, fun and free gifts. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on why some of the biggest retailers in the nation are throwing parties for everyday people.

CBS 2–12/22/2010

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. (CBS)

Lights, Festival, Cash Registers

Chicago’s annual Lights Festival brings thousands of spectators to the Magnificent Mile and kicks off the holiday season for retailers.