Get Through the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year With These Tips
November is a month full of fun, festive occasions, like Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday and, of course, Black Friday. Besides being the biggest shopping day of the year and a great chance to score a ton of holiday gifts at deep discounts, Black Friday can also be a day of craziness, stress and frustration.
Without a good plan of attack in place, you might find yourself missing out on the deals you want the most.
Chicago is a great shopping city that offers amazing Black Friday deals at its many shopping centers. Unfortunately, the city’s congestion during this holiday can create a truly hectic shopping atmosphere.
We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you make the most of your Black Friday shopping experience in the Windy City.
Choose the Best Shopping Center
Deciding where you want to shop on Black Friday is the first step to surviving the day. Choose your destinations and make a plan for which stores you want to visit and what you want to buy.
Scour shopping centers’ websites to find out which deals you want to take advantage of and set time limits for how much time you want to spend in each store or shopping center.
Here are a few notable Chicago shopping spots that you might want to include on your itinerary:
+ Water Tower Place: With a variety of luxury and department stores, Water Tower Place is a great spot for both high-end items and a number of more affordable options. Armani Exchange, Coach and Henri Bendel are among the shops at Water Tower Place, as are retailers like American Eagle Outfitters, Express, Sports Authority and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
+ The Magnificent Mile: Perhaps the most famous shopping destination in Chicago, The Magnificent Mile combines high-fashion and luxury retailers with big-box department stores in one scenic location. Some of the retailers you can visit while on the MM include Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Armani, Neiman Marcus and Eileen Fisher. From jewelry, to toys, to apparel, The Magnificent Mile has everything you need.
+ The Brickyard Mall: This low-key retailer offers great shopping spots including Target, Pier 1 Imports, Marshall’s, Lowe’s and more.
+ Westfield Old Orchard: Banana Republic, the Apple Store, Bloomingdale’s, Kate Spade, Forever 21 and more are housed at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie.
Invest in Great Transportation
Black Friday presents a number of issues when it comes to transportation. If you aren’t especially familiar with the city, getting lost and locating parking are two of the biggest challenges.
Not only do these challenges threaten the efficiency of your shopping schedule, but you may also find yourself walking long distances and hauling lots of bags to get to the stores on your list. It takes up precious time and is also just plain exhausting, creation another set of frustrations.
Why not book a car service with a reputable Chicago transportation company and have them get you where you want to go on Black Friday?
OML Worldwide has more than 50 years of professional transportation experience. In fact, we specialize in providing transportation for shopping trips in the Windy City. When you book your Black Friday transportation with OML, you’ll get the professional services of a chauffeur who knows the quickest, most efficient routes to each shopping destination.
You won’t have to worry about walking long distances to get to the store fronts, either; your chauffeur will drop you off right at the door.
You also won’t have to worry about lugging all of your purchases around, waiting for an opportunity to head back to your car and drop them off. Your chauffeur will meet you and take your bags for you, so you won’t have to trek to the outskirts of the parking lot.
Car service is the only way to travel on Black Friday in Chicago.
Make a List, Check it Twice
As we’ve said before, making a list of your desired items and which stores carry them is the first step to a successful Black Friday in Chicago.
Do your research online beforehand, so you know which stores are offering discounts on the items from your list.
If you need to, make a printout of your agenda for the day and keep it on you at all times. When you find yourself getting distracted, simply glance at your agenda and get back on track with your shopping and spending.
Here’s to an amazing Black Friday in Chicago this year. We hope you find everything on your list!
Photo Credit: Lindsay Turner
*Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015, however it has since been updated to reflect the most recent information.