Chicago offers incredible shopping, but just outside the city is a bargain hunter’s paradise. Join savvy shoppers at these Chicagoland outlet centers where everyday pricing is discounted 25 to 65 percent.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
This bright and spacious, indoor outlet center near O’Hare International Airport features a spectacular array of 130 luxury designer stores, such as Prada, Gucci, Coach, Burberry, Michael Kors, and Cole Haan. Major retail anchors also include Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Saks Off 5th. Adding to the luxury shopping experience is a world-class art installation, a fine dining restaurant, as well as a unique services that enables visitors to print boarding passes and check shopping bags and luggage directly to their final destination. Pre-registered tour groups are invited to receive complimentary Green Savings Cards for discounts and special offers. 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL, 15 miles northwest of downtown
Getting there: Take the Blue ‘L’ Line train to Rosemont or daily shuttle with Shop America Tours.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Whether you’re hunting for a few finishing touches or a whole new wardrobe, labels like Seven for All Mankind, Lucky Brand, and Giorgio Armani are a tiny fraction of the names you’ll find in stores at Chicago Premium Outlets west of Chicago. In fact, there are over 170 stores with a huge range of merchandise to make you and your digs look great at this outdoor, suburban center where you can be both penny- and style-wise. 1650 Premium Outlet Blvd. Aurora, IL, 40 miles west of downtown
Getting there: Hop on the Metra Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Line at Union Station and take it to Aurora. Or, take the weekend shopping shuttle by Pontarelli Companies, departing from Union Station every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
With more than 200 stores, Gurnee Mills is the largest outlet and value shopping destination in Illinois. Along with brands like Neiman Marcus Last Call, Macy’s, and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, shoppers also can enjoy entertainment and recreation, such as movies at Gurnee Marcus Cinema, miniature golf and laser tag — all in one massive, indoor complex. 6170 W. Grand Ave. Gurnee, IL, 45 miles north of downtown
Getting there: Drive on I-94 west and exit at Grand Avenue (IL 132) West.
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets
Show your shopping moves in the 90 top-name stores of Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets just a few miles over the Wisconsin border. Retailers offering up-to-the-minute apparel for women, men, and kids mix it up with lots of budget-friendly options for gifts and home décor. Just some of the options at this outdoor mall: Coach, Le Creuset, and Kate Spade. 11211 120th Ave. Pleasant Prairie, WI, 55 miles north of downtown
Getting there: Driving is the best option. Take I-94 north and exit at Highway 165.
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets
At Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in nearby Michigan City, Indiana, you can get the goods at more than 100 stores whose names you know and love: The North Face and Under Armour to BCBG Max Azria to Kenneth Cole. This is a great place to satisfy your passion for fashion and jewelry and to score kitchen wares, home goods, toys, fine leather and luggage, specialty items, and cool electronics at excellent prices. 601 Wabash St. Michigan City, IN, 60 miles southeast of downtown
Getting there: Hop on the Metra South Shore Line from Millennium Station, Van Buren Street Station or the Museum Campus/11th Street Station, and get off at the 11th Street stop in Michigan City, which is six blocks from the outlets.