If the thought of making a trek out to a shopping mall in the early morning hours of Black Friday isn’t appealing, then you might want to stay home and check out Cyber Monday deals available online. The popular shopping date is Nov. 30 this year, the Monday after Thanksgiving. It’s also a time for savvy shoppers to score a few deals without leaving the house and having to battle the crowds found in shopping malls. Stay in your pajamas, sip your favorite hot beverage and scoop up deals from these websites, which include a mix of both Chicago-based organizations and websites that feature nationally known big-box retailers. Be sure to check these places and deals out in advance of the actual Cyber Monday, so you can grab your best deal ahead of the crowds on the day.

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Whether you want to give Grandma a complete home theater setup, pick up a few tablets for the kids or design the kitchen of your dreams, you can find what you need under one roof from Abt. The electronics retailer, which also offers watches, kitchen appliances, computers, fitness equipment and more, offers a number of products from an assortment of brands. You can also get comfortable, stay at home and work your way through your holiday shopping list with Abt’s Cyber Monday deals. The electronics retailer will announce its deals for Cyber Monday via its website.

Entertainment Cruises

Date night doesn’t have to be boring any more. If your date night includes the same-old, same-old of dinner and a movie, then it’s time to shake things up. With a cruise on Lake Michigan, you and your significant other can see the sights and take in Chicago’s skyline while also taking the perfect selfie. The company has a number of different cruises on the schedule, including dinner cruises, architectural tours and cocktail cruises. If that all sounds wonderful, but you’re held up by the thought of the price tag, then here’s some news: Entertainment Cruises will offer deals on some of its cruises on Cyber Monday.

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Take a look at deals from retailers beyond the 773 and 312 area codes with the website Cyber Monday. Although the site features discounts and promotions all year, you can also find specific deals for Cyber Monday. A number of retailers are represented, and shoppers can find deals on just about any product category, including home and gardening, apparel and even travel. The site also profiles free shipping offers, so you can save a bit more when receiving your order.

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You may have found a discount on that new set of LEGO bricks, but is it truly the best deal around? With the website PriceGrabber.com, you can compare prices for an item across a number of online retailers so you can be assured you’ve found the lowest price. Type what you’re looking for, and the site searches the web for the lowest price. The site can help you find low prices in product categories that include jewelry, flowers, computers, clothing, video games and more.


While you might be more familiar with the Black Friday deals found on the website TheBlackFriday.com, there’s more to the website than just the day after Thanksgiving. The website publishes deals and ads for a number of big-box retailers, including Kohl’s, Toys “R” Us, Macy’s, Target, Walmart and Amazon. If it’s possible, check out the website in advance of Cyber Monday so you can plot your online shopping spree.

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