Tory Johnson: Best Chicago Bargains, Career Expos

April 24, 2012 11:57:48 AM PDT
Every week on ''Good Morning America,'' Tory Johnson brings viewers big savings on exclusive deals, many of which support small businesses across the country. This morning, she had five super savings only for WLS viewers.

First the fine print: All deals valid only on 4/24/12 while supplies last using the links and promo codes below; no rain checks unless specified by the company. Savings may not be combined with other deals or coupons. Free shipping on all deals is valid only in the continental US. If you have questions about any deal, contact the merchant before making your purchase. If you have a question or product idea for me, contact me directly at or

Element Bars: Custom Wholefood Bars
Original: $42
WLS Exclusive: $20
53% savings on a pack of Custom Wholefood Power Bars
Valid: 4/24/12
(promo code: WLS)

Element Bars, which runs its bakery in the West Loop, allows you to create your own custom wholefood bars. Choose among fruits, nuts, sweets or energy boosts-and see the exact nutritional count as you create your custom bars. Every bar is handmade and freshly baked everyday. You can even personalize the label. The wholefood bars are designed to keep you fit, energized and full.

Stella Grey: Addison Tote and Sloane Cosmetic Bag
Original: $32-$86
WLS Exclusive: $16 - Sloane Cosmetic Bag; $43 - Addison Tote
50% savings on Addison Tote and Sloane Cosmetic Bag
Valid: 4/24/12
(promo code: WLS)

Chicago designer Stella Grey creates functional and fabulous vegan leather bags that are made of durable, waterproof, high-end materials perfect for travel or everyday use. The Addison tote and the Sloane cosmetic bag are made locally in Chicago.

SENDaBALL Greeting Ball
Original: $16
WLS Exclusive: $8
50% savings on Greeting Ball
Valid: 4/24/12
(promo code: WLS)

When you have to send a message, forget typical cards or email; send a bouncy ball instead. SENDaBALL, a Chicago family business, offers various messages for every occasion, such as "Happy Birthday" or "I'm Sorry," among others. The balls are about the size of a volleyball and are made out of vinyl. Add your own message to personalize it too.

Candyality: Shop in a Box Party
Original: $76
WLS Exclusive: $38
50% savings on a 6 lb Box of Various Candies
Valid: 4/24/12
(promo code: WLS)

Known as the sweetest destination in Chicago, Candyality is known for its endless array of tasty treats. The fun part comes from the personality profiles that Candyality created. "You are what you eat" proves to be true because they associate your candy choices with what your personality says about you. The box includes 6 pounds of candy and the variety allows for a great gift or party centerpiece because it has a little bit of everything. The Shop in a Box Party also comes with a profile card so you can read about what your family and friends' candy choices reveal about them.

Sticks and Stones: Personalized Photo Gifts and Name Art
Original: $139 to $389
WLS Exclusive $70 to $195
50% savings on the entire website
Valid: 4/24/12
(promo code: WLS)

Oprah Winfrey is a frequent customer at Sticks and Stones and there's even one hanging in the Obama White House. These keepsakes feature alphabet photography name art and allow you to create the entire piece. You pick the name or word, along with the pictures you'd like to feature, and you get a personalized piece that no one else has. Sticks and Stones is a family-run business and they've photographed every letter themselves. Create a memorable work of art that celebrates the people you love.

Two upcoming Chicago events:

Women For Hire Career Expo
Looking for a new job? This free event is for you:
Women For Hire Career Expo
Wednesday, April 25 - 10am to 2pm at Navy Pier
Meet employers and attend free power seminars all day, plus nail your perfect pitch and benefit from resume reviews.
Free Admission; Resumes & Business Attire Required
All details at

Tory Johnson's Spark & Hustle Chicago
Ready to launch or grow your small business? Want to turn your passion and purpose to profit? This day-long event will boost your bottom line. Tory Johnson's Spark & Hustle Chicago
July 24 - 8am to 5pm at DoubleTree Oak Brook
Details at

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