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Aug. 5, 2013

Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a Luxury Destination for Locals and O’Hare Travelers

By Gabriel Circiog, Associate Editor

The grand opening of the first fully enclosed outlet mall in Chicagoland in over two decades was well attended. Fashion Outlets of Chicago’s grand opening took place on August 1.

Located close to O’Hare International Airport at 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, the 530,000-square-foot luxury retail destination is close to 95 percent leased and will be home to 130 stores. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Forever 21, the mall will also feature outlet locations from high-fashion brands such as Tory Burch, Barneys New York and Gucci. The opening of the mall also sees the arrival of some new brands to Chicago, including Longchamp, Ports 1961, Vince Camuto and L’Occitane.

“Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a world-class destination that will cater to travelers, shoppers and visitors far beyond Chicago to around the entire globe,” said AWE Talisman Board Chairman Arthur Weiner. “This development marks a shift in the retail outlet industry with the highest caliber of retailers, entertainment and culture.”

The retail project was led by U.S. outlet developers and managers AWE Talisman and Macerich. The outlet mall will feature an innovative concept: The Arts Initiative. Founded and curated by Arthur and Miami-based gallery Primary Projects, The Arts Initiative will include highly interactive visual arts integrated into the architectural framework of the property. Fashion Outlets of Chicago will offer a first-of-its-kind concierge service, operated by BAGS Inc. to maximize its accessibility to and from O’Hare International Airport. Travelers will be able to check luggage and print boarding passes from Fashion Outlets of Chicago and will also have access to regular shuttles to and from the airport and downtown hotels through transportation partner Go Airport Express.

Rendering Courtesy of: www.macerich.com

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