You’re a smart shopper who loves to look for the best deals. And with Black Friday on the horizon on November 25, now is the perfect time to put your skills to the test when you purchase gifts for family, friends, and maybe even a few treats for you. Although many of the big-box retailers’ Black Friday deals get all the press, there are plenty of independent stores in the Chicago area that will offer specials on the big day. From wine shops to candy stores, there’s something for just about everyone on your list when you take a look at these Black Friday deals.
Building Blocks
3306 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-6200

Your shopping list for the holiday season includes plenty of board games, books, and maybe some arts and crafts supplies. That’s where Building Blocks, located in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood (with the address noted above) and Wicker Park neighborhood (2130 W. Division St.), comes in. The shop is offering gift cards for 20 percent of your purchases on November 25-27. You need to make a minimum purchase of $25 pre-tax, and the bonus certificate is valid January 2 through June 30, 2017, with additional details on the store’s website. Building Blocks offers an assortment of puzzles, games, and toys for kids of all ages, including dress-up items, puppets, and even educational toys among the products available for purchase.

3737 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472-7800

What about some candy this holiday season? Whether you want to purchase specialty candy as a gift for someone with a sweet tooth or you just want to treat yourself to something sweet while shopping on Black Friday, Candyality has something for you. The shop is offering a one-pound bag of Holiday Gummy Bears ($13 value) free with any purchase of $25 or more. The shop offers a wide range of candies, including milk chocolates, retro candies, and so much more. Candyality has four stores in Chicago, and location information is posted on the company’s website.

Downtown Long Grove
Old McHenry Road and Robert Parker Coffin Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
(847) 634-0888

Take a step back in time on Black Friday when you shop in historic downtown Long Grove. Located approximately 35 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the downtown area boasts an array of specialty shops, including antiques, apparel, specialty candy and foods, artwork, and jewelry. The downtown area of Long Grove also offers several restaurants, and will have carriage rides available throughout the weekend. Many of the retailers will offer specials and deals for Black Friday, and details can be found on the website for Downtown Long Grove.

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Garrett Popcorn Shops
27 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

When you think of popcorn, you likely think of Chicago-based company Garrett Popcorn Shops. Take a look at the shop’s Black Friday promotion, which is available in-shop only on November 25. For every $25 of Garrett Popcorn purchased, guests will receive a complimentary $5 gift card. The offer is good for up to $100 in Garrett Popcorn purchases or $20 in Garrett Popcorn Shops gift cards, per customer. Gift cards can be redeemed in shops or online. Gift cards cannot be redeemed during the same visit. In addition to the location on Jackson Boulevard, the company has more than 10 locations in the Chicago area, as well as shops throughout the U.S. and overseas; shop locations can be found online. The Black Friday promotion is available at all domestic shops, and additional details regarding the Black Friday deal can be found on the company’s website.

Lynfred Winery
15 S. Roselle Road
Roselle, IL 60172
(630) 529-9463

Does your holiday shopping list include a few people who will appreciate a bottle or two of wine? Then the Black Friday deal at Lynfred Winery just might be up your alley. On November 25 and 26, customers can purchase a mixed case, then get the 13th bottle (of the winery’s choice) for $0.01. More than 50 wines are included in the deal; just keep in mind the premium and dessert wines are excluded from the deal. In addition to its location in the Chicago suburb of Roselle, Lynfred Winery has stores in Wheeling, Naperville, and Wheaton.

Wolfbait & B-girls
3131 W. Logan Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 698-8685

Here’s a Black Friday event with a twist. Wolfbait & B-girls in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood is offering a way for customers to add “doing a good deed” to their shopping plans. On November 25, the shop will donate 20 percent of all sales on that day to a local charity, and the organization will be announced at a later date. The shop features the works of local artisans, and has jewelry, clothing, artwork, and an assortment of other items available for purchase.

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Post Author: Megan Horst-Hatch.