Chicago bargain hunters keen on Black Friday deals

Now that Thanksgiving Day is over, it’s time for shoppers to get ready for the Black Friday deals.

On a bustling Thanksgiving night, Chicagoans get a feel of the holiday spirit in downtown Chicago as thousands of lights magically illuminate the night. A trip to the Christmas tree in Millennium Park is the tradition of Razan Mahmoud. But she told WGN News that she was preparing for another. Mahmoud is one of millions of Americans preparing to hit stores for some Black Friday deals.

She says she usually gets up at 2 am to get out.

“You know how they sometimes have Victoria’s Secret or Bed Bath and Body Works. They have the first 100 people who get that free thing,” Mahmoud said.

According to Tribune, the National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to reach more than $840 billion in November and December.

Not many retailers were open on Thanksgiving night along Michigan Avenue.

Places like BestBuy, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, and JC Penney will open at 5 a.m. Friday. Macy’s will open at 6am, followed by Target Hotel at 7am

Robyn Krueger and her husband Derek say they’re excited about Black Friday but added that you probably won’t find any deals on the gifts you’re looking for.

“I hope to find all my Christmas presents,” Krueger said.

One thing Kruegers won’t do is get up early.

“Absolutely not,” said Robin Krueger when asked. “I try to avoid crowds as best I can.”

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