It’s that time of the year again, early birds! Grab a cup of coffee, set the alarm and make a list. This year, you might not even need to go to bed at all. With many retailers staying open on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday is starting earlier than ever. Some retailers are offering deals starting Thursday evening or even earlier online.

Here’s a round up of some of the most notorious Black Friday extravaganzas in Chicago.


Chicagoland Kohl’s Locations

Kohl’s will be open at 12AM with over 500 Early Bird Specials. Early Bird Sale ends at 1PM in-store and 3PM online.

Black Friday Highlights:

  • 10%-20% Popular Coffee Makers
  • 25%-55% College/NFL Apparel
  • $26.99 Home Reversible Down Comforter
  • Kohl’s Cash! Get Kohl’s cash for every $30-$150 you spend

(credit: Target)


Chicagoland Target Locations

Doors open at 12AM. Black Friday-Like deals also available online.

Black Friday Highlights:

  • $89 TomTom GPS
  • $157 ACER 10.1 Notebook
  • $3.99 Movies Including: Twilight- New Moon, The Hangover, The Blind Side, It’s Complicated
  • $9.99 Cars Play-Doh
  • $9.99 Crayola Sit & Play


Chicagoland Walmart Locations

Wal-Mart has 3 Black Friday events to love. Thursday starting at 10PM. Friday has two events starting at 12AM and 8AM.

Black Friday Highlights:

  • $49 LG Blue-ray DVD Player
  • $79.99 Amazon Kindle Touch
  • $158 Bounce Trampoline
  • Buy any smart phone and get a $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card
  • $15 Belkin iPad Cover
  • Bikes & Scooters starting at $12

(credit: Best Buy)

Best Buy

Chicagoland Best Buy Locations

For all of the tech/gadget lovers on your list, doors open at 12AM and Best Buy.

Black Friday Highlights:

  • $59.99 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • $99.99 Apple TV
  • $129 Nikon Coolpix On Sale
  • $99 LeapFrog Tablet
  • $99 Keurig Mini-Brewer
  • $34.99 Just Dance 3 Katy Perry Edition + A Free $10 Best Buy Gift Card

Toys “R” Us

Chicagoland Toys “R” Us Locations

Toys “R” Us is taking the cake for the earliest store open. Shopping begins at 9PM on Thanksgiving.

Black Friday Highlights:

  • Buy 1 Get 1 40% Off Video Games
  • Save $10 On LeapFrog, Fisher-Price & Vtech Learning Systems
  • Save Up To $25 On Select Kinect Games
  • 40% Off ALL CARS Wood Toys
Has the Black Friday frenzy gone too far? Will you be lining up straight from your Turkey dinner, getting up in the middle of the night, or skipping the whole thing all together? Let us know in the comments section below.
Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago
Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.