It's the most wonderful time of the year! As soon as you're done digesting your Thanksgiving feasts, there's only one more thing to think about: holiday shopping.
Instead of standing in line at a big box retailer, support local business on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for all of your holiday needs (and maybe a few goodies for yourself).
Small businesses have plenty of great deals for the shopping weekend. Below are some of the great shopping options around Chicago this weekend. For more, visit American Express' Shop Small.
Unwrap Lincoln Square & Ravenswood
Starting Friday, shoppers who support local businesses will be rewarded handsomely. The first 150 customers to spend $300 at any Lincoln Square & Ravenswood store, such as Merz Apothecary and Ravensgoods, will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant. Bring receipts to the Chamber office to redeem.
Owen + Alchemy
Don't wait for the New Year to pick up healthy habits! On Friday, shop nutritionist-endorsed Owen + Alchemy juice cleanses for 15% off their regular rate. Even better? You don't even have to leave the comfort of your home - you can reserve online and Owen + Alchemy will deliver.
Luxury Garage Sale
What makes shopping even more fun? A little surprise! Stop by Luxury Garage Sale Friday and receive a black box that will have a discount ranging from $10 off to 15% off the entire purchase. With great consigned designer items, those discounts can do some serious damage.
Small Business Saturday Night in Wicker Park
The shopping fun doesn't have to end when the sun goes down. Wicker Park's "Shop Small Crawl" from 5 - 10 p.m. features 19 local business ranging from boutiques to restaurants. Pick up a free passport at the Free Range Office where there will be an artisan pop-up shop, then peruse the likes of City Soles, Vintage Underground, Reckless Records and Dove's Luncheonette for exclusive offers. From 8 - 10 p.m., stop by the after-party at Jackson Junge Gallery.
Handle With Care
The Old Town boutique will have killer sales all weekend - tax-free shopping plus 15% off regular priced items, and up to 70% off sale items. With designers such as Rebecca Taylor, Joie and J Brand jeans, great items can be found.
This Andersonville shop has a little bit of everything, but the best deals for Small Business Saturday are on full-priced coats, cashmere and sweaters with 40% off the original tag. Other discounts include holiday ornaments and Mywalit & Mosey handbags and wallets.
Photo Courtesy of Andersonville Chamber of Commerce