Just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, 16 miles south of O'Hare and 18 miles north of Midway Airports, sits Oakbrook Mall, the nation's largest outdoor shopping mall. With over 160 shops, set amidst refreshing gardens and flowing fountains, Oakbrook Mall is more than just a shopping center – it's a village unto itself.
Just west of the city, Oakbrook Mall houses shopping favorites such as Banana Republic, Chico's, Kenneth Cole, Talbot's, and Mark Shale. Eat at one of many restaurants enclosed in this miniature Eden, including Houlihan's, Maggiano's (serving some of the best Italian food in the country), the Corner Bakery (offering sandwiches and wraps for a lighter meal), and the California Pizza Kitchen. For something less formal, grab a bite at McDonald's or Subway, or pick up an iced coffee at the Nordstrom Café. To satisfy a sweet tooth, stop by Mrs. Field's Cookies and have a giant cookie or two.
Don't miss the neighboring attractions, as long as you're visiting. Oakbrook Mall is set amid several museums, like the Graue Mill & Museum, the Elmhurst Art Museum, and the Elmhurst Historical Museum. The Brookfield Zoo is also in the area.
Oakbrook Mall also hosts several special events throughout the year. Take a look at the restored pieces of art at the annual Father's Day Classic Car Show, or peruse the grounds at the Oakbrook Center Landscape and Garden Show. Oakbrook Mall also boasts two invitationals, the Craft Exhibition, featuring over 150 craft artists, and the Fine Art Exhibition, featuring over 175 musicians and artists.
Mall hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm (department store and event hours may vary). The mall provides an open, relaxing environment with a friendly atmosphere. So, when you're in the Chicago area, head a few miles west and see the sites, including the Oakbrook Mall.
Anchor Shops: Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Marshall Field's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sears