Back to school shopping can get very expensive with rising costs on clothing and footwear each year. One way to help alleviate some of the dollar shock is to hit the outlet malls. At outlet malls you can typically find the same clothes as you would in standard shopping malls, only for much less. Discounts can be as high as 70% and that will make a big difference in your bottom line.
These are among of the best in the Midwest when it comes to outlet malls. Be sure to leave lots of time for shopping. You may find making it a mini vacation will even pay off after your savings.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont
This outlet mall opened in August 2013 near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The attraction of this center is that it offers budget-friendly stores along with high-end labels such as Gucci and Prada if you are looking to dress your kids to impress.
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Michigan City
Lighthouse Place features 120 discount stores for you to shop until you drop. Among them are perfect school days options such as Stride Ride Keds Sperry, Carter’s, Justice & Brothers, and even Tommy Hilfiger Kids.
Tanger Outlets in Williamsburg
You’ll be able to take care of all your back to school shopping from head to toe at this Tanger Outlet, which has easy access off I-80 in Williamsburg. Have the kids covered in Gap, Nike, Reebok, and even UGG as they get ready for the colder months.
Legends Outlets in Kansas City
Free concerts are one of the things that make this outlet mall in Kansas City stand out. You can enjoy the live music as you get your shopping done – an easy task since this place has everything covered. You’ll even be ready for meals as Legends Outlets offers nearly three dozen dining options, including the T-Rex Cafe, complete with dinosaurs.
Birch Run Premium Outlets in Birch Run
The largest outlet mall in the Midwest has 145 stores and is located about an hour and a half from Detroit. Many local hotels offer “Shop & Stay” packages to make this trip even easier. You’ll have no problem clothing the family here, where stores include Adidas, Levis, Old Navy, and the North Face.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan
This center came on the scene in August 2014. Despite its proximity to the Mall of America, it’s attracting plenty of bargain hunters who are ready to save on kids clothing at outlets such as Saks Off Fifth Avenue, Tilly’s, Old Navy, and more.
Taubeman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield
Taubeman also opened in the summer of 2014, just outside of St. Louis. You’ll find a huge variety of options here, including Pac Sun, Love Culture, and Lucky Brand. The mall also has a large selection of food options that will please every member of the family.
Nebraska Crossings Outlets in Gretna
This outlet center is ready to dress the little kids as well as the big ones for classes with brands such as The Children’s Place, OshKosh B’Gosh, and Gymboree. In addition to the permanent stores, Nebraska Crossings is bringing in pop-ops, like the back to school one from Adidas.
Lodi Station Outlets in Lodi
Lodi Station is set up to not only clothe your children, but to actually have them enjoy the experience. The mall is set up like a railway station, complete with vintage cars and tracks to ride. Within this are 60 stores to shop in for bargains in Lodi.
Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets in Pleasant Prairie
This outlet mall just off I-94 in Pleasant Prairie is a favorite of travelers and locals. While getting the family ready for back to school at stores such as Columbia Sportswear, Converse, and The North Face, you can also pick up some of your favorite snacks from Ghirardelli and Pepperidge Farm.