Chicago Area Black Friday 2013 Shopping Guide with Latest Top 20 deals

Many stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day in Chicago in 2013. Despite an onslaught of complaints, many Chicago area stores will start their “Black Friday” sales and open their doors to the masses on Thursday.   A few will open early in the day on Thanksgiving—incredibly, Kmart’s will be open at 6 a.m., Old Navy’s open at 9 a.m.—while the majority of national retailers are opting for evening sales launches. Toys R Us is going with a 5 p.m. opening, Walmart, Best Buy, Sports Authority, and many outlet malls kick off sales at 6 p.m., and a wide range of retailers, including J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears, and Target, open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.


Some states regulate retail on Thanksgiving — Thanksgiving Day shopping isn’t available everywhere. As the Providence Journal reported, laws in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine ban most stores from opening on Thanksgiving (Christmas too). free-Thanksgiving-DinnerSo the Black Friday sales in these states will actually start on Black Friday—typically as soon as it’s officially Friday, with national retailers shooting for midnight or 1 a.m. openings.


Some retailers refuse to open on Thanksgiving. Perhaps out of principle, perhaps to reward (or not annoy) employees, perhaps because it provides some good PR, perhaps because doing otherwise would yield insignificant profits, a handful of national retailers have made a point out of the fact that they will most certainly not be open on Thanksgiving. The list of stores refusing to put “sales on Thanksgiving above family time,” in the words of one anti-holiday hours retailer, includes Costco, B.J.’s Nordstrom, P.C. Richard & Sons, Home Depot, T.J. Maxx, and Dillard’s.



Here are the top 20 BLACK FRIDAY deal items we have found:


  1. Apple iPad mini for $199 ($299 plus $100 gift card) at Walmarticon (*1-hour Guarantee applies)
  2. 32″ LED TV for $98 at Walmarticon (*1-hour Guarantee applies) (note: the TV is a generic brand; the exact brand varies by area)
  3. Vizio 60″ Smart LCD TV for $688 at Walmart icon (*1-hour Guarantee applies)
  4. iPhone 5c for $45 plus a free $75 gift card at Walmart with a new contracticon, or when eligible to upgrade and renew your contract; yes, they pay you $30 to take it! Note: this is the first time that we have ever seen an iPhone model for free or better after a credit.
  5. KitchenAid 4.5qt Stand Mixer for $101 after rebates and Kohl’s Cash at Kohl’s
  6. Crock-Pot 4qt. Slow Cooker for $7.99 at Kohl’s
  7. Amazon Kindle for $49 at Best Buy
  8. Kenmore Washer and Dryer Pair for $499.98 at Kmart
  9. Girl’s Patterned Sweaters for $12.97 (or $14.97 for Women’s) at Old Navy
  10. Furby Boom for $29
    icon at Walmart (*1-hour Guarantee applies)
  11. Thanksgiving sale at GIFT TREE, Save 20% off these select items with code AFF1120 this month only.
  12. Dyson DC40 Origin Bagless Vacuum for $299 at Kohl’s
  13. 13.3″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display for $1,099 at Best Buy
  14. Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 Blaster $25 (was $35)
  15. LG 55″ LED 1080p TV for $499 at Best Buy
  16. Seiki 32″ LED TV for $98 from
  17. Seiki 50″ LED TV for $229 from
  18. Disney Princess Dolls for $6 (Assorted) at Kmart
  19. Let’s Rock Elmo for $19.99 at Toys R Us
  20. Charter Club Cashmere Sweaters for $39.99 at Macy’s

  22. Men’s Graphic Tees for $5 at Kmart
  23. Leapfrog LeapPad 2 Explorer for $39.99 at Toys R Us


BestBuy Kick-off time: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Stores will remain open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

Deals: BestBuy will hand out tickets to certain items two hours before it opens. There are three types of deals:

— Doorbuster deals on electronics when the store opens.

— A ‘mystery doorbuster’ deal that will be announced after 11 p.m. Eastern, both in-stores and online.

— Another round of doorbuster deals at 10 a.m. on Black Friday.



Kick-off time: 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Target is open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.

Deals: All in-store deals will be featured on Target’s Web site starting Thanksgiving morning. On Black Friday, purchases worth $75 or more get a 20 percent discount the week of Cyber Monday.

More: Target, Kohl’s and other stores added to the holiday frenzy earlier this month.



Kmart Kick-off time: 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The discount retailer opens earliest of all and will keep its doors open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday, a total of 41 hours. Many of its Black Friday discounts were offered to loyalty program customers and app users in the week leading up to Thursday.


6 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Discounts on specific items, including tablets and televisions.

7 p.m. to 3 a.m. — Discounts on toys and more televisions.

6 a.m. Black Friday to noon — Discounts on audio devices.

More on the best tech deals this year here.



Wal-Mart Kick-off time: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day


Deals: This year, 21 items will be available under the store’s one-hour guarantee offer, where certain items are guaranteed available to shoppers, either on the day itself or before Christmas. Wal-Mart also says it will give customers wristbands before 6 p.m. to reserve some products. Shoppers can come back to the store when the deals begin to pick up their items.

There are three stages of in-store deals:

6.p.m. to 7 p.m. — The one-hour deal guarantee will apply to items such as video games, tool sets and home appliances.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. — One-hour deal on most big-ticket electronic items, such as TVs, digital cameras, and headphones.

8 a.m. on Black Friday — Discounts on iPhones, Christmas ornaments and other items.

Wal-Mart also kicked off its online holiday shopping early this year.



Macy’s   Opens: 8 p.m. on Thanskgiving Day

This year marks the first time that Macy’s is opening on the holiday, and store hours will vary across the country.

Deals: Discounts will be available from the time stores open up to 1 p.m. on Black Friday. Macy’s will also have two rounds of morning discounts — between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Small Business Saturday.



Kohl’s  Opens: 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Deals: Kohl’s will pay for the purchases of four randomly-selected customers at each of its stores starting 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and four online shoppers.

Online and in-store discounts will run through 1 p.m. on Black Friday.



Sears  Open: 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 10 p.m. on Black Friday

Deals: Like its sister retailer Kmart, many discounts were available to Sears’s loyalty program customers this week. Online doorbuster deals (for everyone) will kick off on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.



J.C. Penney

Opens: 8 p.m. on Thanskgiving Day

Deals: Doorbuster deals will be available from opening time to 2 p.m. Eastern on Black Friday. The department store brings back its tradition of giving Black Friday shoppers Disney snow globes, starting at 4 a.m.

More: J.C. Penney has a lot riding on its holiday sales.

Toys R Us

Opens: 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Deals: The toy store’s Black Friday deals will kick off online at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Stores will have doorbuster deals between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. A second round of deals will start at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Discounts last Thursday through Saturday.

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