Shopping on Black Friday is a ritual in the city of Chicago. Those who are brave enough to deal with the cold weather and crowds head out to local shops to find the best deals and most unique items. Shopping local is a great way to support small business, and Chicago has some of the best local shops in the country. Here are the four best local Chicago businesses to shop on Black Friday 2015. To see a list of last year’s choice local shops in Chicago, please click here.



Sara Jane (Old Town)
1343 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 335-1962

Sara Jane has a terrific selection of high fashion and one-of-a-kind items at great prices, making it an excellent choice for Black Friday. The store has a comfortable feel and does not intimidate like many others that cater to the fashion conscious.  Sara Jane is known for their one-stop-shop selection.  There is a wide selection of jeans, elegant dresses and the jewelry to coordinate with the clothing.

Penelope’s (Wicker Park)
1913 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395- 2351

Penelope’s is the boutique for retro clothing; the pieces are unique and great for those hard-to-shop-for individuals.  Penelope’s opened its doors in 2002 and now carries a broad selection of clothes for men, women and children. Penelope’s focus is on quality clothing with style and Black Friday specials make it one of the best local shops.

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P.O.S.H. (River North)
613 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 280-1602

What makes POSH different is their “eclectic assortment of vintage hotel and estate silver, restaurant china and dinnerware and an ever–changing mix of European flea market finds.” When it first opened its doors in 1997, its goal was to offer unique pieces of years gone by. To accomplish this goal, they scour the markets of the U.S. and Europe looking for that one-of-a-kind piece. Because of this, it is important when shopping on Black Friday to purchase what is desired, as the unique piece may be gone at a later date. Their success is due to their relentless search to find that special something to stock on their shelves.

Transistor (Lincoln Square)
3441 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(312) 631-9408

Transistor has been described by Time Out Chicago as “your coolest friend’s apartment, and just like that apartment, you’ll want to hang out here a lot.” If you’re looking to get some early holiday shopping done on Black Friday, this is the place to get it done. The Black Friday offerings will make this establishment a one-stop shop for everyone on the gift list.

Transistor covers the entire spectrum of cool things you can buy:

  • In the art category, they have paintings, prints, and photography to select from.
  • In electronics, they carry a wide selection of musical instruments, synthesizers, high-end radios, headphones, turntables, audio speakers and Bluetooth speakers.
  • Their music selection is primarily indie, classic rock and electronica. You’ll find both new releases and reissues.  Their music selection is all on vinyl.
  • They also carry a nice selection of books, T-shirts, jewelry, cards and other very interesting pieces.

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