Chicago Shoppers Out En Masse This Black Friday

Earliest stores opened for Black Friday Shoppers

By Glenn Marshall
|  Friday, Nov 25, 2011  |  Updated 7:43 PM CDT
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The mayhem of Black Friday proved to live on this year as some stores opened earlier than ever. Lines were long and the people were ready to get the deals.

The mayhem of Black Friday proved to live on this year as some stores opened earlier than ever. Lines were long and the people were ready to get the deals.

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The mayhem of Black Friday proved to live on this year as some stores opened earlier than ever,  lines were long and consumers were ready to get the deals.

The crowd at the Orland Square Mall caused the shopping center's Pink by Victoria Secrets store to close for at least two hours. Shoppers rushed into the store, knocking people and merchandise over throughout the store.

But despite the melee, there were no injuries or thefts reported, said Orland Park police Cmdr. Kevin Keegan.

This year's Black Friday made history by being the earliest the sales ever began. Bargain hunters coined the term "Black Thursday" because of how early the deals began.

Stores like Macy's and Target opened their doors at midnight, while the earliest went to Toys R Us, which opened at 9p.m. Wal-Mart shoppers started at 10 p.m.

Martin Esbinosa is in Chicago for his first time, visiting from Columbia. He began his shopping at 4:30 a.m. and was enjoying his Black Friday experience.

"It's all about consumption; spending money and getting nice things," he said.

It is expected that 152 million shoppers will grace the stores this weekend. That's a 10 percent increase sense last year according to the Chicago Tribune.

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