Make a day of it with shopping, dining and hoopla for the whole fam at Westfield Old Orchard (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd.) in Skokie. One of the dazzling delights of the Midwest, the beautiful and breezy environment of this outdoor shopping epicenter is replete with lush greenery and gardens that stitch together anchor department stores, pretty specialty retailers, lip-smacking eateries and imaginative play spots. For a full listing of stores, restaurants and entertainment options, click here.
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
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Clothing and Accessories
The feel of the fabrics, the play of light on sparkling jewelry and the superior customer service team elevate the shopping experience. Known for its selection of fresh fashions and upscale brands, Nordstrom has absolutely everything you need to reset your style from romantic dresses and stunning accessories to exclusive lotions and potions. For a creative spin on your whole look, hunt through Anthropologie for a touch of the exotic like pretty prints, snazzy shoes or velvet quilts.
Get hip to the latest trends in denim — and must-have adornments like effortless tees, keep-forever bags, cool jewelry and compliment-worthy footwear — at Madewell. Known for its easy online experience, designer eyewear revolutionaries Warby Parker have a brick-and-mortar joint that can give you an eye exam, tweak the fit when you pick up specs and even supply you with contact lens. Fill your closet with all your seasonal clothing and accessory needs from Zara, a global brand known for their bright bold prints and classic nuetral styles.
Athletic Wear and Equipment
REFUEL WITH ROBUST RESTAURANTS
Face it. All that hunting and gathering of new duds and trinkets requires an energy boost. Grab an Epic Epic Double Black Angus beef burger on brioche at the aptly named Epic Burger. Spice up your afternoon with some tasty Nando’s PERi-PERi chicken with fresh and simple sides and desserts to tempt. Oh, yes, a bit of a sugar rush will help. Sure, you can enjoy delicious chicken, hot dogs and fries, but definitely get an eponymous shake at Shake Shack (you know they have beer and wine, right?).
When it’s time to settle into a luxurious meal, get a plate of fresh, scratch-made pasta and other mouth-watering options from legendary Maggiano’s Little Italy. Perennial favorite of little ones, adolescents and the mature set alike, California Pizza Kitchen keeps it all fresh and delicious, especially with pizza toppings to fit every mood. Or go for the Japanese steakhouse scene at Roka Akor with sushi, prime steaks and a full bar to enjoy on the patio or the contemporary dining room.
Let's face it, Taco Tuesday or not, we're always craving Mexican food! Uncle Julio's has you covered with an extensive menu complete with classics like their Made To Order Guacamole, sizling Fajitas and, of course, tacos aplenty. Or, branch out from the usual, with their Mesquite Grilled Specialties like the Camarones Diablos. And don't forget to wash it all down with one of their Famous Margaritas! Looking for a side of sunshine and greenery with your meal? Look no further than Hampton Social where you'll find a "Rosé All Day" mentality and bright open spaces. The beachy decor is rivaled only by the delicous menu items like the Shrimp Tacos, Shelter Island sandwhich and Lobster Roll.
CMX Market Cinemas
Modern movie-going is an event. The elevated dinner-and-a-movie experience at CMX Market Cinemas Old Orchard brings you the “Ciné Bistro” with chef-crafted cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. Digital projection and state-of-the-art sound in their stadium seating brings the story to life as your order is brought to your seat so you don’t miss a minute of the film. How better to watch your favorite characters save the world or become captivated by the next award-winning performance.
LET THE KIDS ROMP
Charming play areas dot the landscaped walkways of Old Orchard. Everywhere you amble you’ll find a cute sitting area, many with kid-appealing and infinitely rompable spaces like PlaySpace which is covered with a softer material on the ground that’s easier on wee knees. Plus, CMX gives the tots their own time slots for Disney and other G-rated stories to delight (and distract). Young kids can also ride the choo choo train that circles the center near the play area.
Choo Choo Train