Tis the season for the madness of shopping, the chaos of crowds and the joy of the holidays! How can you minimize the stress of holiday shoping and find great deals, you ask? It's time to jump in the car (or on the Blue Line) and check out Chicago's high end Outlet malls. Save on your hoilday shoping, and even enjoy doing it at Chicago Premium Outlets, The Fashion Outlets of Chicago, and The Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets.
Chicago Premium Outlets is a bargain hunter heaven come this time of the year. Boasting brands such as Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, J.Crew Factory, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Sony. This outlet mall is well worth the 40 minute drive west of the city. Find a full listing of stores and a map for navigating this shopping haven here.
You can even catch a ride here with Windy City Limousine! A shuttle service will take shoppers from Union Station to the outlets on weekends (Fri-Sun) through December 22, departing for the outlets at 8:45 a.m., noon, and 4 p.m. for just $19.99! 1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Aurora, IL 60502.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago is the high end fashionista's kind of place. Here, you'll find more than 130 of the world's hottest retail brands, anchored by Bloomingdale's The Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Forever 21 and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th. This fashionable indoor outlet is stunning and brand new, just a quick drive away in Rosemont (on the way to O'Hare), or a hop on the Blue Line to the Rosemont. You can even do your shopping on your way to catch your catch a flight at O'Hare and have your bags checked in for your flight - right there at the Fashion Outlets! You'll find the striking Art Initiative throughout the high-end outlet mall, as well as unmatched designer deals at the Fashion Outlets that are sure to make anyone on your holiday shopping list happy. 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018
It may be over the state line, but Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets is worth the less-than-an-hour trek just off of 1-94, 40 miles north of O'hare International Airport. With over 90 outlet stores, you'll find 25-65% savings every day, some numbers that look very pretty when you've got a long shopping list this season. Check out a full listing of stores on the property here. For an extra bonus, you can refer to the outlet's Deal of the Day Calendar to stay in the loop on how to save most.