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Last-minute holiday shopping

Chicagoans are doing some last-minute shopping before Christmas.

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Last-minute shoppers in Chicago were out in full force to finish buying their holiday gifts this Christmas Eve.

At the Target in Logan Square, Allison Nowak brought her fiancé in to grab their final gifts for Christmas..

“I got last minute presents for my future father-in-law and his wife,” she said. “Oh, I did get this amazing sauna suit for my brother-in-law. I’m extraordinarily excited to give it to him. He’s an ‘Iron Man.’ So it’d be funny and practical.

At the check out counter, WGN found Joel Clifford with lots of toys.

“There’s a lot more guys here tonight…I’m okay with fulfilling some stereotypes,” he said.

But there were several women doing last-minute shopping at the Logan Square Target, like Kelli Bempong.

“I have some last minute things.  I got my son some last minute things like toys,” she said.

When asked why she waited until the last minute to shop, Bempong said: “I guess I wanted to see all the other hundreds of people who also have a problem with procrastination.”

For those ast-last-last minute shoppers, there are a few places that will be open Christmas Day: CVS, Walgreens, Family Dollar, 7-11, and Starbucks say some or all of their stores will be open. Many Starbucks locations will be operating on limited hours, and some franchise locations may choose to close.

Last minute shoppers started early Monday morning, to finish buying gifts for the people on their Christmas Lists.

A Consumer Reports poll shows nearly 17 million Americans will hit the malls on December 24.

About 132 million Americans were out over the weekend, at a time when about 26 million hadn’t even started their shopping yet.

Many Toys R Us stores have been open since Friday, for an 88-hour marathon.  And, they will remain open until 10 p.m.

Macy’s, Nordstrom and Target are among the other retailers also extending their Christmas Eve hours.

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