You’ve made your holiday shopping list and checked it twice, but are you ready to brave the crowds and maybe score a few deals while shopping? Instead of making your way to big-box retailers, take a look at these stores and shops in the Chicago area offering special hours or deals starting on Black Friday. From toys to wine, you can find a discount or deal in your favor this holiday season. You’ll find your great Black Friday deals, and maybe avoid the worst of the crowds at the same time. Take a look at these retailers when shopping for friends, family and even for you.

Andersonville Galleria
5247 N. Clark St.
Chicago IL 60640
(773) 878-8570
andersonvillegalleria.com

Select that perfect handmade necklace, a print or artisanal products for everyone on your shopping list when you peruse the selection at Andersonville Galleria. Located in Chicago’s trendy Andersonville neighborhood, the galleria boasts products from more than 90 artists. During the holiday shopping season, you can stay up late shopping when the galleria is open one hour later past normal business hours on December 4 and 18.

Abt
1200 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 967-8830
www.abt.com

Pick up a new TV for your parents, a watch for your significant other, a tablet for your kids, and maybe even something for yourself at electronics retailer Abt. The retailer offers a wide range of products, including kitchen appliances, smartphones and home theatre setups. There will be special deals for Black Friday; Abt will announce them on its website closer to the date.

Building Blocks
2130 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-1888
www.buildingblockstoys.com

Make Chicago’s Wicker Park part of your holiday shopping by checking out independent toy store Building Blocks. The shop, which offers a wide range of toys, puzzles, games and more for kids of all ages, will have a special deal between Black Friday and Nov. 29. Customers will receive up to 20 percent off their purchases throughout the weekend as a ‘thank-you” for choosing local. Full details are available on Building Blocks’ website.

Foodlife
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-3663
foodlifechicago.com

After a day of shopping on Chicago’s famed Michigan Ave., you’ll want to cool your heels with lunch or dinner. At Foodlife, the first 100 guests to enter the restaurant will have a chance to win between $5 and $50 in Foodlife gift certificates upon purchase. The deal is on Black Friday, giving you an opportunity to possibly pick up a deal while shopping; you can check out the restaurant’s website for additional details. Foodlife offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has 14 kitchens that serve everything from barbecue to salads, sushi and desserts.

Mr. & Mrs. Digz
5668 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 447-8527
www.mrandmrsdigz.com

If you’re looking for something special to wear to the upcoming office party this holiday season, then consider taking a look at Mrs. & Mrs. Digz. The consignment shop offers a wide selection of designer clothing. Fashionistas of all stripes might find a blazer by Chanel, a Coach purse and so much more. On Black Friday, the store will offer a special deal: buy one item, get one item at half off.

Printers Row Wine Shop  
719 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 663-9314
www.printersrowwine.com

Stock up on beer and wine for host and hostess gifts, holiday soirees,and even for yourself with the selection at Printers Row Wine Shop. With beer and wine available for purchase from around the world, you won’t lack for options. The store is holding a sale on Black Friday, with 20 percent off craft beer. The deal is also available at the sister store Gentile’s Wine Shop, located in the city’s University Village neighborhood; for directions to either store, check out the company’s website.

Windward Boardshop
3317 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-6868
www.windwardboardshop.com

Located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Windward Boardshop is offering a gift card promotion Nov. 23 through 30, so you can get a start on your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving. The shop offers a selection of items for those who like an outdoor adventure, with apparel and gear for snowboarding, skateboarding, stand up paddling and other sports.

Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.