Saturday, November 24, 2012
Which shopping bonanza do you prefer? Take our poll and let us know why you shop the way you do in the comments section.
Do you look forward to getting up in the wee hours the day after Thanksgiving for the best Black Friday deals at places like Target, Macy's or Walmart? Or do you prefer to sleep in over the long weekend and start your shopping from the comfort of your desk chair on what's become known as Cyber Monday? If you prefer Black Friday, you're part of a long shopping tradition. Black Friday has been around for more than 100 years, according to an article on its history in Time. It was already such a crucial kick-off to the holiday shopping season during the Great Depression, that retailers urged President Roosevelt to move Thanksgiving earlier in order to extend the shopping season. He did, but handled the messaging poorly and few people realized …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The first day of Christmas, in the merry old U.S.A., is about credit cards, and Black Friday.
A Comics Patch cartoon by illustrator Charley Krebs.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Some malls and large retailers north of Chicago will keep special hours for the holiday shopping kickoff.
As Thanksgiving draws to a close Thursday, people throughout country will put down the turkey legs and pick up their wallets, ready to go bargain hunting. For those looking to score some Black Friday deals, here is a list of store hours at North Shore malls and large retailers. Old Orchard Shopping Mall, Skokie The outdoor shopping mall opens a bit earlier than usual for Black Friday. Shopping starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Northbrook Northbrook Court opens slightly earlier and closes later than on a normal Friday. However, other Northbrook businesses, including some located in the mall, are keeping more extreme hours. Glenview Evanston Winnetka Deerfield Most stores in downtown Deerfield and Deerbrook Mall will keep normal hours …
Put your Black Friday shopping ideas in the comments to this story and we will share the best of them Thursday morning. Ready, set, shop.
Black Friday begins at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Thursday for north and northwest suburban Chicago shoppers and Patch wants to know your plan. Will you head to Toys R Us or Walmart at 8 p.m. Thursday before or after the Thanksgiving dishes are done? Target opens an hour later and will have more than 24 hours of continuous shopping. How will you take advantage of the deals at both places? How will you be planning to navigate from Toys R Us or Walmart to Macy’s at midnight and not be too far behind the line for the best of the bargains? Does your plan include a partnership? Will you trade lists with a friend and then become a placeholder while someone shops for you? Will you have a thermos of coffee or hot chocolate? Will you have your …
Monday, November 19, 2012
More retailers are choosing to open their doors on Thanksgiving night to eager bargain hunters. Meanwhile, an employee of Target is taking a stand, and has gotten more than 338,000 signatures from others that agree-Thanksgiving needs to be saved.
Has Black Friday been stretched too far, or near, now that deals are actually being offered starting Thanksgiving night? The answer to that question is yes, from one Target employee out of Corona, California. “C Renee” has obtained 338, 418 signatures on Change.org from people who agree Target needs to take the high road and ‘save Thanksgiving.’ "Since workers need to show up sometimes hours before the story officially opens, this will take much of Thanksgiving away from retail employees across the country," C Renee said in her petition on Change.org. Target can take the high road and save Thanksgiving for employees like me and our families by saying no to "Thanksgiving Creep," C Renee added. Target’s Black Friday deals start at 9 p.m. …
From iPad accessories to Google's Nexus 7 tablet, this major electronics retailers - along with a panel of tech bloggers - help you figure out the perfect gadgets to give this holiday season for 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Buying the perfect holiday gift can be tricky — especially when it comes to gadgets. Luckily a panel of tech bloggers and Abt Electronics are teaming up to help you make the right decisions. The panelists include Ars Technica’s Chris Foresman, WGN’s Marcus LeShock and Nancy Loo, the RedEye’s Elliott Serrano and Chicagonista.com’s MJ Tam. Sure, a holiday gift can range from a $30 stocking stuffer to a brand new flat-screen TV. But not all gifts are created equal. On the low end are peripherals and gift cards. Anyone with an iPhone or an iPod can use an iTunes gift card to buy music or apps. And if they have an iPhone 5 or the newest iPods, they’ll need one of Apple’s Lightning to 30-Pin adapters. They cost $30 each, but they’re necessary to…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thanksgiving weekend deals are no longer confined to the day after the holiday.
Thanksgiving remains the dividing line between a holiday almost devoid of commercialism and the biggest shopping season of the year. Although as the Washington Post noted, the start of the Christmas shopping season – "Black Friday" – has continued to be pushed forward. First stores opened at 5 a.m. And then earlier and earlier, until midnight became time for doors to open. The turkey isn't even fully digested before the shopping frenzy begins. As Patch noted, Walmart actually is starting its "Black Friday" sales on Thursday, opening stores at 8 p.m. That means people will have to scarf down dinner, shoo the relatives out the door and high tail it to Walmart to get a good spot in line. For those who enjoy the deals and the chaos, …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We have a complete list of all the Black Friday deals at Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Sears and much more. Both digital downloads and physical copies for this Black Friday.
I for one have practically gone broke picking up Borderlands 2, Halo 4 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The sad thing is, however, there are still a few games that I want to pick up. The following is a complete list of all the video game deals for this Black Friday. Please note that some of the games are digital downloads or online only deals, which will be marked below. These are all confirmed deals for this Black Friday 2012. Amazon.com - Lightning Deals Schedule Monday 11/19/12 11:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. CST NBA 2K12 (PS3) $15.99 LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (Wii) $15.00 Game Party: In Motion (360) $10.00 Lego Batman (360/PS3) $10.00 1:10 pm - 5:10 pm PST Silent Hill: Downpour (PS3) $19.99 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (360) $14.99 The …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Best Buy and others follow in the footsteps of bigger chains on the busiest shopping day of the year.
If the big-box boys can do it, so can the little guys. As “midnight madness” spreads among the area’s largest retailers on Black Friday, copycat actions have begun amongst smaller stores eager to play off the unprecedented early start to sales on the busiest shopping days of the year. The earliest bird of all is Wal-Mart—with the two Niles stores flinging open their doors for holiday bargain-hunters at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Meanwhile other major retailers will follow two hours later: three Best Buy stores — two in Skokie and one in Niles — along with a pair of Target stores in Niles, the Kohl’s store in Golf Mill in Niles and Macy’s in Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie. Kohl’s, in fact, will be open 24 hours — 12 a.m. to 12 a.m. — on …
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
At Skokie Patch, we update our police report daily.
Man's vehicle crashed after assault On Friday Nov. 26 around 2 a.m., police were dispatched to the 8700 block of St. Louis Avenue regarding a fight. Upon arrival, police observed a tan Chevrolet Tahoe crashed into a power line pole near Dempster Street and St. Louis Avenue. According to the report, a man was approached by five men and asked what gang he belongs to. The victim said he didn't belong to any gang but was still attacked by the group. The report goes on to say that the victim managed to escape and retrieved a knife from his home, but when he came outside to confront the mob, he saw that they were gone and that his SUV had been crashed into a power line pole. Police described the attackers as five Assyrians ages 18-21. The victim…