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While you snoozed, they shopped

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Clockwise from left, Laura Milman of Mount Prospect, her mom, Marge Grudzien of Niles, and her nieces Taylor and Natasha Tsinonis of Des Plaines go through the Black Friday ads in preparation for the big shopping day.

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Averi Maraccini, 7, and her sister Mackenzie, 11, join in with their parents David and Carrie while making preparations for Black Friday shopping at their home in Elgin Wednesday.

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Tent city in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg popped up at 12 a.m. on Tuesday with Felipe Acosta,33, of Mt. Prospect driving the first tent stake looking for Black Friday deals skipping his Thanksgiving dinner.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Tent city in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg popped up at 12 a.m. on Tuesday. Matt Runowski, 20, of Streamwood keeps warm in his sleeping bag with the rest of his friends as they try to get their hands on Best Buy's Black Friday deal, a 40-inch flat screen TV for $179.99.

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Tent city in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg popped up at 12:00am on Tuesday with Felipe Acosta, 33, of Mt. Prospect driving the first tent stake looking for Black Friday deals skipping his Thanksgiving dinner.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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While you were sleeping, Laura Milman was shopping. The Mount Prospect mom is among thousands of suburban shoppers who consider Black Friday a competitive bargain hunt. There are different types of Black Friday shoppers, though, and some people think it's nuts to brave the crowds and lines to save money. "I love it. I have a blast," Milman said. "But it's definitely getting more competitive."
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    • Clockwise from left, Laura Milman of Mount Prospect, her mom, Marge Grudzien of Niles, and her nieces Taylor and Natasha Tsinonis of Des Plaines go through the Black Friday ads in preparation for the big shopping day.
    • Averi Maraccini, 7, and her sister Mackenzie, 11, join in with their parents David and Carrie while making preparations for Black Friday shopping at their home in Elgin Wednesday.
    • Tent city in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg popped up at 12 a.m. on Tuesday with Felipe Acosta,33, of Mt. Prospect driving the first tent stake looking for Black Friday deals skipping his Thanksgiving dinner.
    • Tent city in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg popped up at 12 a.m. on Tuesday. Matt Runowski, 20, of Streamwood keeps warm in his sleeping bag with the rest of his friends as they try to get their hands on Best Buy’s Black Friday deal, a 40-inch flat screen TV for $179.99.
    • Tent city in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg popped up at 12:00am on Tuesday with Felipe Acosta, 33, of Mt. Prospect driving the first tent stake looking for Black Friday deals skipping his Thanksgiving dinner.
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