Three West Side postal offices have appeared on the list of sites slated for closing: 4222 W. Madison St.; 324 S. Laramie Ave., and 5001 W. Division St.

In all, 13 Chicago area sites are on the U.S. Postal Service’s list. Postal Service officials will make a final decision on the closings sometime this fall, Chicago district spokesman Mark Reynolds told the Chicago Sun-Times recently.

No office will close before December.

Nationwide, postal officials are eyeing nearly 3,700 retail offices out of about 32,000 such sites to help close a record deficit, which could top $9 billion. Closing the roughly 3,600 post offices would save about $200 million annually, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Postal officials say as more customers do their postal business online-on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations-the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain all its retail offices-the largest retail network in the country -diminishes.

“Our customer’s habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a press release.