Algonquin mall is revamping Black Friday activities

Algonquin Commons mall in Algonquin, Illinois, is doing Black Friday 2015 differently than it has in years past.

This year, the mall is doing away with the early-morning crush and the long lines as shoppers try for a chance to win gift cards of up to $500 on the day after Thanksgiving. Instead, shoppers will be able to download free tickets for the mall's Great Gift Card Giveaway in advance. 

“This Black Friday is all about convenience and great deals,” Kim Gilmore, of the mall's marketing agency, GMCI, said.

The free tickets for the mall's Great Gift Card Giveaway can be downloaded beginning Saturday at  

Only 1,000 tickets are available for download. Those with tickets should bring them to the mall office during business hours to redeem them for exclusive holiday coupons as well as a gift card worth $5 to $500.

“The mall is giving away thousands of dollars worth of gift cards for Black Friday,” Gilmore said. “This year we want our customers to enjoy their holiday shopping. Don’t stand in line in the cold; enjoy Black Friday shopping at Algonquin Commons.”

Tickets can be redeemed through Dec. 23.

Also, bright and early on Black Friday, details about hours and deals at individual stores will be available at; information can also be obtained by downloading Algonquin Commons' app.

For the holiday season, Santa will be at the mall from 1-4 p.m. each weekend until Christmas.

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