The turkey has been devoured, the canned yams are a thing of the past, the apple pie is in mere morsels. Football is on your TV, but really you’re trying to rest for your headstart shopping spree for your family friends (Bears v. Packers!).
Lake County has their busy malls like Gurnee Mills, Westfield Hawthorn and Deer Park Town Center. Gurnee Mills and Westfield Hawthorn in Vernon Hills will be open for Black Friday biz on Thanksgiving night throughout the entire weekend.
Keep it Lake County Local and shop at some of area’s illustrious downtown areas such as Long Grove Historic Village, MainStreet Libertyville, and so much more.
Don’t forget to celebrate the start of the holiday season the right way with an abundance of Lake County tree lightings. Everything is at your fingertips this holiday season. Get ready for a dash with cash for the best presents to flash. Here’s what Lake County has for you on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Gurnee Mills Mall
Gurnee Mills is the largest outlet shopping destination in Illinois, providing the ultimate indoor shopping experience. Shop high end items in Macy’s Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and enjoy the unique shopping experience at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Kids will love the tropical dining adventure waiting for them at Rainforest Café and don’t forget to stop the hustle and bustle of the season to enjoy quality time with your family at Rink Side Sports! Gurnee Mills is open for extend mall hours during the holiday season, kicking off on Thanksgiving Day from 6pm – 1am to start your holiday shopping. The mall will then be open on Black Friday from 6am – 9:30 pm.
Westfield Hawthorn is more than just a shopper’s paradise where you can find that perfect something for everyone on your list this year. Shop from premium retailers including Banana Republic, Coach and Swarovski or browse the trends at any one of their popular stores. Find the most stylish items for all ages and then stop at the newly opened Dave and Busters for a unique experience or Maggiano’s for fine Italian dining. Westfield Hawthorn will have extended shopping hours during the holidays and be open from 6pm – midnight on Thanksgiving Day for your early Black Friday shopping. It will reopen on at 6 a.m. for extended hours on Black Friday (till 10 p.m.).
Long Grove Historic Village
Make Long Grove your Thanksgiving weekend shopping destination and support Long Grove’s independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 29. Shop Local. Shop Long Grove. Shop for unique gifts, jewelry, apparel, art, collectibles and more at Long Grove’s specialty shops, plus enjoy dining, entertainment and festive fun for the whole family. Collect & present receipts from now un til Dec. 24, totaling $150 (excluding tax and gratuity), and receive a free gift from The Visitors’ Center, while supplies last! Charming, historic downtown Long Grove is the destination for the holiday season.
The local businesses of Libertyville are celebrating the day with Small Business Saturday Passports! Pick passports up at participating businesses on November 27 at Cook Park and show your support when you Shop Small on the big day. Visit participating SBS Passport Event stores and get your passport stamped (no purchase necessary) and qualify to enter that store’s giveaway prize! See stores for details. Participating Libertyville Holiday Shopping Festival businesses are: Bentley’s Corner Barkery, Amazing Cosmetics, Avenue 21 Dancewear, Touche Salon, Eclectic Design Source, Milwalky Trace, Pizzeria Deville, Lindsey’s Gifts, Artist @ Heart, Rolland’s Jewelers, Petranek’s Pharmacy, CR Spa Salon, Savory Spice Shop of Libertyville, The Runner’s Edge, ENAZ on the Park, Recovered Treasures, Serendipity Unique and so much more.
Village of Antioch
Olde England comes to life in Downtown Antioch this holiday season with life like figures recreating scenes from the Dickens Era. On Saturdays through– Dec. 25, find Dickens fun throughout the streets including carolers, music, live performances and a scavenger hunt. The cozy atmosphere of Downtown Antioch creates the perfect setting for the festive season. Don’t forget about taking the kids to Santa’s Enchanted Village starting this weekend.
Deer Park Town Center
Deer Park Town Center features over 70 of the most exclusive stores and restaurants in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Located at the intersection of Rand (Route 12) & Long Grove Roads in Deer Park, IL, Deer Park Town Center is an easy drive from surrounding suburbs, downtown Chicago, O’Hare airport, or Wisconsin. Park in front of your favorite store and spend an hour or a day. At Deer Park Town Center, from A – Z, it all spells great shopping. Mall hours for Black Friday are 7am-9pm. Subscribe here to the Deer Park Town Center email list and be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, and five additional winners will each receive a $100 gift card to the Deer Park Town Center store of choice! Plus, they’ll send you all Black Friday deals, and information on how to receive more chances to win. Winner need not be present to win and will be announced on Monday, November 30, 2015 via email.
Other Shop local events include:
Holiday Market at Elawa Farm in Lake Forest
Friday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 6, Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.
Grayslake’s Winter Farmers Markets
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. thru Dec. 19
Volo Antique Mall’s Annual Holiday Open House
Friday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, December 4 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Dandelion Gallery Celebrates Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 28; 10am – 5pm
Step by Step Holiday Arts and Craft Show, Lake County Fairgrounds
Saturday and Sunday, November 27 – November 29, Start the holiday shopping with a bang at this annual holiday show. With over 300 booths of handmade arts and crafts, unique gifts, fine art, floral items, country themed merchandise and more, there is something for everyone on the list. Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 Peterson Road, Grayslake
2015 Christkindl Holiday Festival
December 3 -6
Visit this open-air festival featuring authentic German food, live entertainment, drinks, fun activities for families, kids crafts, live reindeer, carousel & train rides, a Gingerbread House competition and then visit with Santa in his traveling house! Shop from a variety of vendors including hand crafted ornaments and wooden creations.
Here are a few more events: