Everything You Need To Know When Visiting Chicago Premium Outlets

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Chicago Premium Outlets In Brief: For great shopping opportunities from the Mag Mile to the Southport Corridor, Chicago is a great place to be. But when it comes to deals--really fantastic, blow-out deals--one must head to the suburbs. Only 40 minutes from downtown Chicago hotels is a shoppers' paradise called Chicago Premium Outlets.

It's an outdoor center offering more than 140 designer stores such as Armani Outlet, Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Michael Kors, plus a skating pond, fireplaces, art installations and a play area.

Most restaurants are casual and offer counter service for burgers, pizza and sushi. The mall is 31 minutes to O'Hare airport and 41 minutes to Midway.

Address:

1650 Premium Outlets Boulevard, Aurora, Ill.

Phone:

630-585-2200

By Car:

From I-88
Exit Farnsworth Avenue North
Turn Left onto Bilter Avenue
Turn Left onto Church Street
Turn Left onto Corporate Blvd following the signs to the parking lot
Lot #1 Address: 1245 Corporate Blvd. Aurora (Office Building)
Lot #2 Address: 2445 Church Road, Aurora (C-Club)

From Farnsworth Avenue South
Continue south on Farnsworth
Turn right onto Corporate Blvd, immediately after Papa Bear Restaurant
Turn left into the corporate building's parking lot
Lot #1 Address: 1245 Corporate Blvd. Aurora (Office Building)
Lot #2 Address: 2445 Church Road, Aurora (C-Club)

Off I-88, exit at Aurora, Farnsworth Avenue North.

From Chicago: I-290 West (Eisenhower Expressway) to I-88 West.


From Northern Illinois: I-39/Rte. 51 South to I-88 East.
From O'Hare International Airport: I-294 South (to Indiana) to I-88 West.
From Northwest Indiana/Stateline Region: I-65 North to I-80/94 West to I-294 North (to Wisconsin) to I-88 West.
From Northwest Suburban Chicago: I-290 East to I-355 South to I-88 West.


From Iowa/Western Illinois: I-80 East to I-88 East.
From Central IL Region: I-55 North to I-355 North to I-88 West.
From Northern Suburban Chicago: I-94 East (South toward Chicago) to I-294 South (O'Hare/Indiana) to I-88 West.

By Bus

Pace Bus #533
847-364-7223
Service from Aurora train station

By Train

From Chicago
Metra Rail
312-322-6777
From Chicago's Union Station to Aurora Station. Taxi service from Aurora station to center.

Hours:

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (hours vary during the holiday season)

Official Chicago Premium Outlets

Lodging Near Chicago Premium Outlets

Aurora Fox Valley Inn

Best Western Naperville Inn

Extended Stay America - Chicago - Naperville - East

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago-Naperville

Hampton Inn Chicago Naperville

Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Naperville/Aurora

Things to Do Near Chicago Premium Outlets

Blackberry Farm. Located in the Fox Valley Park District, the Blackberry Farm offers a number of fun and educational family-oriented activities. Pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun, plus there's an adventure playground with a petting zoo, merry-go-round and pony rides. 

Funway Ultimate Entertainment Center.

With more than five acres of space, Funway is no doubt Chicagoland's largest entertainment center. Inside, there's laser tag, an arcade, rollerskating, bowling, and an outback park for go cart racing, bumper boats and a mini-golf course.

Hollywood Casino Aurora. The full-scale casino also features local cover bands performing on a regular basis, plus a few restaurants and bars.  .

Paramount Theatre.The historic theater has been completely restored to spotlight Broadway-inspired productions, comedy shows and concerts.

Phillips Park Zoo. The zoo has been around since 1915 in Aurora. Admission is free, and the exhibitions include approximately 100 animals representing 41 different species. Get ready for greater prairie chickens, cougars, great horned owls, bald eagles, peacocks, turkeys, goats and reptiles.

SciTech Hands On Museum.There's the Chicago Children's Museum in the city, Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview and SciTech in Aurora. The latter's for those enthusiastic about STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs, and they're certain to get their fill here. Guests will get to experience more than 200 interactive exhibitions.

--edited by Audarshia Townsend