It's back to school time in Chicago, and we just had the pleasure of checking out our city's newest outlet mall: Fashion Outlets of Chicago. As the area's only two-level indoor shopping experience, Fashion Outlets of Chicago features more than 130 outlets, with dining and entertainment options to make your shopping experience even more fabulous.
Plus this shopping paradise offers a variety of concierge level services so you can not only save but also count on a premium customer service. Here are 10 reasons to head to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago ASAP.
More than 130 outlets makes it easy to find what you're looking for
From Nike to Burberry, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago offer a variety of shops where you're bound to find everything you're looking for and more. The Center is anchored by Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Forever 21 and is home to world-class brands like Gucci, Prada, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Burberry, plus national brands like Banana Republic, J.Crew, Swarovski, Nike, Under Armour, Cole Haan and more. Check out the directory to find your favorite outlet store - there's bound to be something there to meet your shopping needs.
Save up to 75% every day
If you're looking to save up to 75% off on your favorite brands, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago offer bargains galore. Check out the current list of sales before you go so you can create a shopping plan of action.
Kid-friendly shopping options
My kids enjoyed shopping at the kid-centered stores. The Disney Outlet was a favorite and my daughter picked up loads of jewels and gems at bargain prices at Claire's. Carter's and OshKosh B'Gosh are great picks for kids' duds, while my teenage son spent lots of time choosing just the right pair of gymshoes at the Nike Factory Outlet. Both my kids adored Lolli & Pops, a retro-style candy store brimming with goodies from around the world.
Convenient location - easy to reach by CTA - and free parking
Fashion Outlets of Chicago is conveniently located just five minutes from O'Hare International Airport and about 15 minutes from downtown Chicago in Rosemont, Ill. Free parking is available in an attached covered garage. You can also take the CTA's Blue Line to the Rosemont stop, about a 10-15 minute walk from the station. Follow River Road south to Technology Boulevard and turn right. A complimentary Rosemont Entertainment Circulator shuttle, operated by Pace, provides daily service to Fashion Outlets of Chicago from the Rosemont Blue Line stop.
Shuttles available to both the Airport and participating downtown hotels and the North Bridge Shopping Center on The Magnificent Mile
Fashion Outlets of Chicago also convenient transportation to and from O'Hare International Airport and participating downtown hotels and the North Bridge Shopping Center through their partnership with GO Airport Express. Visit GO Airport Express to see the complete schedule and shuttle information.
Both full and quick service dining options
In addition to an outstanding selection of outlet retailers, Fashion Outlets of Chicago features a full-service restaurant, Villagio, and a variety of quick-service food options available to at the food court.
Great options for travelers
Fashion Outlets of Chicago also offers unique services for domestic and international travelers including a partnership with TSA-certified Bags Inc. for special concierge programs, enabling visitors to print boarding passes and check shopping bags and luggage directly to their final destination. Travelers can take advantage of the Bags Airline Check-In service at the Concierge Services kiosk up to two and a half hours before their scheduled flight departure. The airline check-in service is currently available to passengers traveling on Alaska, American, JetBlue, United, and US Airways and is offered daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Travelers can schedule and pay for Bags VIP luggage delivery up to one hour prior to their scheduled flight departure by visiting the Concierge Services kiosk in the mall or online at MakeTravelEasier.com. Once scheduled, customers check their bags at the Concierge Services kiosk in the mall or as usual at the airport and pay any applicable baggage fees. Since Fashion Outlets of Chicago are so close to the airport, they make for a great option if you're stuck on a long layover at O'Hare: shopping makes for a great excuse to escape the airport!
Outstanding concierge services
Friendly concierge services representatives are available to answer questions or assist you with their signature shopping services. They'll help you arrange for a complimentary wheelchair, arrange for giftwrapping (starting at just $2 per item,) check your coats, provide fax and copy services, help you with translation/interpretation (many staff members are bilingual), reserve dinner for you, provide area information, and much more. Concierge services is located near the main mall entrance, near Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th on Level One or call 847-928-7520.
Fashion + art makes for a more enriching shopping experience
Fashion Outlets of Chicago has partnered with The Arts Initiative, a newly formed collective dedicated to placing highly interactive visual art in public spaces. A debut installation from The Arts Initiative was curated by acclaimed Miami-based gallery Primary Projects and features work from more than 10 nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists, including Daniel Arsham, Jim Drain, Austyn Weiner, Bert Rodriguez and Jen Stark, among others.
Grab a Green Savings Card
Fashion Outlets of Chicago's Green Savings Card provides special offers and discounts from participating stores and restaurants - making it worth more than $800 in savings. Simply visit Concierge Services, located on Level One near the Gap Outlet, to purchase your Green Savings Card for just $5 then look for the Green Savings Card logo at your favorite participating stores and restaurants, present your card at time of purchase and save. If you're a member of AAA (American Automobile Association) or CAA (Canadian Automobile Association), show your membership card at Concierge Services and receive the Green Savings Card for free.
Photos Courtesy of Fashion Outlets of Chicago
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