From casual to couture, Chicago's western suburbs may be just your style!
When you think of shopping in the Midwest U.S., most people think of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. But more and more savvy shoppers are heading just a few miles west of Chicago’s famous skyline to DuPage County—and with good reason. Chicago’s western suburbs offer many of the same stores and even better deals.
Über shoppers certainly appreciate DuPage County’s lower prices and sales tax, but they especially like the number and variety of shopping venues, as well as all the free parking. Add plenty of dining, entertainment and affordable lodging options nearby, and what’s not to love?
Indulge your inner fashion model at the hundreds of chic stores and specialty shops throughout DuPage County.
One of the nation’s premiere outdoor shopping areas, Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook) features 160 upscale stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co., as well as restaurants and entertainment in beautifully landscaped gardens and exquisite surroundings.
Treat yourself to three unique shopping experiences in one—the enclosed elegance of Yorktown Center (Lombard), the al fresco refinement of The Shops on Butterfield and the delightfully diverse Plaza Shops at Yorktown — with over 150 stores, nearly 2 dozen restaurants, a movie multiplex and more.
The Promenade Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook) is an outdoor pedestrian-friendly gathering place where you’ll find lots of popular shops, restaurants and entertainment spots. Outdoor sports enthusiasts can spend hours in Bass Pro Shops. While there, take a few moments to marvel at the giant saltwater fish tank at their Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant.
Visit over 150 specialty retailers at Stratford Square Mall (Bloomingdale), anchored by Macy's, Kohl's, JCPenney, Sears, Carson Pirie Scott and Burlington Coat Factory. The shopping center is also home to a 16-screen movie theater and restaurants to suit all tastes.
For some serious name-brand bargain hunting, you won’t want to miss Chicago Premium Outlets (Aurora), with its 120 stores offering savings of 25 to 65% from leading designers. Highlights include Elie Tahari, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Samsonite, and TAG Heuer, among others.
DuPage County is made up of 39 communities, many with their own charming town centers. Stroll along the tree-lined streets, discover unique shops and boutiques, and explore the culinary delights of local restaurants.
Elmhurst City Centre, historic Downtown Glen Ellyn, and Lombard Town Centre are popular pedestrian-friendly shopping areas in DuPage County, along with downtown Itasca, Villa Park and Westmont. An added benefit is that they all have their own Metra stations where you can easily hop on a commuter train and be in the heart of Chicago in minutes.
Register to win a shopping spree getaway, which includes a $300 gift card good for shopping and dining at Oakbrook Center, an overnight stay at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook, and a “Premier Package” tote and gifts coupons. (Contest runs through June 30, 2014)
By Nanette Traetow