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Black Friday brings apparel deals, new cars, meditation in the suburbs

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  • Shoppers navigate the Black Friday crowds at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

    Shoppers navigate the Black Friday crowds at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Brenda Hefner of Chicago, Jenni Durand of Chicago and Nancy Lusis of Niles get in the holiday spirit between hitting the stores on Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The shopping team joked they wear the hats so they can pick each other out of the crowd more easily.

    Brenda Hefner of Chicago, Jenni Durand of Chicago and Nancy Lusis of Niles get in the holiday spirit between hitting the stores on Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The shopping team joked they wear the hats so they can pick each other out of the crowd more easily.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Shoppers navigate the crowds during Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.

    Shoppers navigate the crowds during Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Mateo Martinez, 5, sleeps between extended family members Yolanda Martinez, left, and Andrea Martinez, all of Chicago, as they take a break from Black Friday shopping at Woodfield. The group had been shopping since 1 a.m.

    Mateo Martinez, 5, sleeps between extended family members Yolanda Martinez, left, and Andrea Martinez, all of Chicago, as they take a break from Black Friday shopping at Woodfield. The group had been shopping since 1 a.m.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Suzanne Wychocki, who teaches meditation in Hinsdale, offers a calming moment to shoppers at Athleta on Black Friday morning in downtown Naperville.

    Suzanne Wychocki, who teaches meditation in Hinsdale, offers a calming moment to shoppers at Athleta on Black Friday morning in downtown Naperville.
    Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Stessl of Homer Glen said he shops for holiday gifts on Amazon and doesn't bother with Black Friday. But on Friday morning, he was ready to buy a certified used car, a 2014 BMW 3 Series 328 XI, from Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville.

    Tom Stessl of Homer Glen said he shops for holiday gifts on Amazon and doesn't bother with Black Friday. But on Friday morning, he was ready to buy a certified used car, a 2014 BMW 3 Series 328 XI, from Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville.
    Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer

  • Buy-three-get-three-free candles at Bath & Body Works were among the deals Riley McArdle of St. Charles found Friday morning with her friends at Geneva Commons.

    Buy-three-get-three-free candles at Bath & Body Works were among the deals Riley McArdle of St. Charles found Friday morning with her friends at Geneva Commons.
    Susan Sarkauskas | Staff Photographer

  • Heather Lloyd, Woodfield Mall's director of marketing and business development, said the Schaumburg mall opened for Black Friday shopping at 6 p.m. Thursday. It was not scheduled to close until 10 p.m. Friday.

    Heather Lloyd, Woodfield Mall's director of marketing and business development, said the Schaumburg mall opened for Black Friday shopping at 6 p.m. Thursday. It was not scheduled to close until 10 p.m. Friday.
    Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Shopping from the air & ground

 
 

The Black Friday experience these days is as diverse as suburban residents themselves. And at many malls and stores, teens dominated the day.

They started their shopping as early as Thursday evening and continued through the night in search of fashionable finds worth skipping sleep.

Some made it an early, early morning at the megaplex of Woodfield Mall, shopping for cool clothes at 2 a.m.

Others dragged their moms out on multiple excursions, beginning Thanksgiving and reigniting the next morning.

For adults, Black Friday shopping could mean buying a fancy used car or making a traditional mall run with relatives.

And for one mindfulness enthusiast, the day was about encouraging others to toss the consumerism and take a deep breath of meditation.

For those who slept in, here's a snapshot of the Black Friday scene across the suburbs.

Black Friday shoppers pack the Woodfield Mall parking lot in Schaumburg in search of deals.
Black Friday shoppers pack the Woodfield Mall parking lot in Schaumburg in search of deals. - Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Hittin' the mall

Several teenagers who began their deal-hunting excursion about 2 a.m. at Woodfield in Schaumburg were pleased with their purchases as they took a break six hours later. That was encouraging to the mall's director of marketing and business development, Heather Lloyd.

"I would say we are seeing the younger generation carrying more shopping bags this year, so that's a positive sign," Lloyd said.

Jason Nieves, 14, of Arlington Heights was so thrilled with the two-for-one camouflage cargo jogging pants he got at PacSun for $64 that he donned one of them as he continued his Black Friday at Woodfield.
Jason Nieves, 14, of Arlington Heights was so thrilled with the two-for-one camouflage cargo jogging pants he got at PacSun for $64 that he donned one of them as he continued his Black Friday at Woodfield. - Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

Jason Nieves, 14, of Arlington Heights was so thrilled with the two-for-one camouflage cargo jogging pants he got at PacSun for $64 that he donned one of them as he continued his Black Friday at Woodfield.

"Got the little zips on the bottom," Jason said. "It's a little skinny, you know, but I'm walking to fit with it."

Alexandra Lugardo, 14, of Mount Prospect scored a pair of discounted pants for $108 at lululemon -- known for yoga-inspired technical athletic apparel -- in the wee hours on Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg.
Alexandra Lugardo, 14, of Mount Prospect scored a pair of discounted pants for $108 at lululemon -- known for yoga-inspired technical athletic apparel -- in the wee hours on Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. - Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

Alexandra Lugardo, 14, of Mount Prospect said one of her favorite finds was a pair of discounted pants for $108 at lululemon -- known for yoga-inspired technical athletic apparel -- in the wee hours.

"That's a good deal for lululemon because they're usually a lot more, usually like $160, and the line was out the door," she said. "It was crazy."

Pat Bujak, 14, of Mount Prospect said his favorite purchase on Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg was a Champion hoodie from Urban Necessities. He said it was half price from the usual $80.
Pat Bujak, 14, of Mount Prospect said his favorite purchase on Black Friday at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg was a Champion hoodie from Urban Necessities. He said it was half price from the usual $80. - Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

For 14-year-old Pat Bujak of Mount Prospect, the top purchase was a half-price Champion hoodie from Urban Necessities, which set him back just $40.

Shopping in stages

Black Friday began at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for Kathi Day of Aurora, her 15-year-old daughter Emily Day, and Emily's friend, 14-year-old Leland Pan of Aurora. The trio hit Westfield Fox Valley shopping center in Aurora for half-off deals at trendy clothing retailer Garage.

Aurora shoppers Leland Pan, 14, and Emily Day, 15, found their best Black Friday deals about 7 a.m. at Homegrown Honey boutique in downtown Naperville -- a knit winter hat for Leland and an oversized sweater for Emily, both at 30 percent off.
Aurora shoppers Leland Pan, 14, and Emily Day, 15, found their best Black Friday deals about 7 a.m. at Homegrown Honey boutique in downtown Naperville -- a knit winter hat for Leland and an oversized sweater for Emily, both at 30 percent off. - Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer

The next day began at 7 a.m. in downtown Naperville, where the group didn't have to fight large crowds to stop in Ulta, Pandora, Sephora and Francesca's Collections. And that was after snagging their favorite deal of the day -- 30 percent off an oversized sweater and a knit winter hat -- at a second-story boutique called Homegrown Honey.

The final stop later Friday was a trip to buy Leland some golf gear like pants and polos.

Pet finds

Erin and Tom Sinnaeve of Aurora got vegetarian treats for their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Griffin, on Black Friday morning at Two Bostons Pet Boutique in downtown Naperville.
Erin and Tom Sinnaeve of Aurora got vegetarian treats for their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Griffin, on Black Friday morning at Two Bostons Pet Boutique in downtown Naperville. - Marie Wilson | Staff Photographer

Between stops at lululemon and Anderson's Bookshop about 9 a.m. in downtown Naperville, Erin and Tim Sinnaeve of Aurora decided to pamper their dog, Griffin, a 7-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Their purchases? Sweet Potato Dog Chewz and Soft Bakes Cookies & Crème Bites, both meat-free.

"We're vegetarians, so we don't eat meat," Erin Sinneave said. "And neither does our dog."

Long night's day

Four pooped teenagers from St. Charles sprawled on a bench at 10:30 a.m. at Geneva Commons with bags from Tilly's, American Eagle, Hollister and Bath & Body Works. They'd been at the mall since 4 a.m.

Teenagers Ella Livermore, Ally Warden, Evi Green and Riley McArdle, all of St. Charles, take a rest after shopping for six hours Friday morning at Geneva Commons.
Teenagers Ella Livermore, Ally Warden, Evi Green and Riley McArdle, all of St. Charles, take a rest after shopping for six hours Friday morning at Geneva Commons. - Susan Sarkauskas | Staff Photographer

The best deal, Riley McArdle said, was at Bath & Body Works, where she and friends split a buy-three-get-three deal and chose six scented candles.

Nearby, shopper Nichole Hutcheson had ditched the relatives who couldn't keep up during a spree that began at 2 a.m. at an outlet mall.

"I had to drop them off at home," Hutcheson said with a laugh. "They could not hang."

Her shopping buddy, Ashley Villarreal of St. Charles, said the early start still left time for family priorities Thursday.

"We're not cutting our (Thanksgiving) dinner short to go shopping," she said.

Some shiny wheels

Tom Stessl of Homer Glen had been researching for a few months and talking for a few days with a salesman at Bill Jacobs BMW in Naperville before stopping in Friday to head home with a new ride -- a certified used 2014 BMW 3 Series 328 XI.

An Amazon shopper for his holiday gifts who purposely avoided the malls and stores Friday, Stessl said he was happy with the $20,500 deal he got on his newest car, a step up from his Pontiac G8. The car's color is described as Orion Silver Metallic, though Stessl admitted it takes on a gold tint in the shade.

"It looks different," he said of his car's slightly unusual hue. "It's nice."

Packing in tradition

In the Gurnee Mills parking lot, Julie Goss of Milwaukee and her family tried to close the trunk of her SUV during another stop on a marathon experience that began in Kenosha at 9 p.m. Thursday.

The group got a hotel for the night but only stopped there for about an hour before making a Starbucks run and heading out.

"We haven't been to bed all night," Goss said. "I don't think we could fit, like, another purchase in this car."

Also trying to maximize shopping time were Lori DiPaolo of Arlington Heights and Renee Carrao of Round Lake Beach, who paused for a restful 45 minutes of sleep in their car. That came during a day that included a 6 a.m. stop at Kohl's, for $100 worth of goods at a cost of $22, and a later journey to Gurnee Mills.

"We do this every year. It's our tradition," DiPaolo said. "We've got it all planned out."

Shopped out? Breathe in

Inside the Athleta shop selling activewear for women in downtown Naperville, Hinsdale meditation instructor Suzanne Wychocki set up cushions, switched the music from "fast-paced" to "relaxed" and offered instruction on 1- and 5-minute meditations. She got few takers on a day dedicated to a move-it-or-lose-it mentality.

"I think everyone is kind of in a hurry," she said. "They're focused."

• Daily Herald staff writers Bob Susnjara, Susan Sarkauskas and Doug T. Graham contributed to this report.