This is a sponsored post on behalf of Oakbrook Center.
While Christmas might have been yesterday, there is still another week left of the holiday season and I’m looking for fun things to do with my kids! If you are like me and not quite ready to let the Christmas Magic end (plus want to get outside and enjoy the great weather we are supposed to have this week), I’ve got the perfect place for you: Oakbrook Center.
Located in Oak Brook, Ill., on the corner of Route 83 and Cermak Road just off of Interstates 88 and 294 is Oakbook Center, one of my favorite places to shop, eat and wander. And while you may think that an outdoor mall is the last place you want to be at the end of December, I assure you that it’s magical and fun for a girl’s day or the whole family. Some of the stores that are on my must-visit list (with or without the kids) are Lands End (inside Sears – it’s HUGE!), Pottery Barn Kids, Teen and West Elm (all right next to each other) and Anthropoligie (I swear I’m buying the whole store some day). This week, we will definitely be taking a trip out there to enjoy to extended holiday hours, and all of the new amenities!
The District at Oakbrook
As the latest addition to Oakbrook Center’s continuously growing repertoire of restaurants, The District at Oakbrook provides several chef-driven, convenient and affordable fast-casual food options. The 14,000-square-foot space will be home to numerous restaurants including DMK Burger Bar, Nando’s PERi-PERi, Pie Five Pizza Co., Porkchop, Stan’s Donuts, Potbelly Sandwich Shop (one of my favorites – have you had the bacon Mac & Cheese?????), Greek Kitchen, DAVIDsTEA, Freshii and Cilantro Taco Grill. The District gives guests options for every palate and preference, providing them with the fuel they need to successfully complete their holiday shopping.
Oakbrook Center will debut a Winter Market nestled amongst the alluring shops of the Village Green lawn area near Crate & Barrel, offering a variety of locally made specialty products.
Gifts such as hand-crafted jewelry, adorable children’s items, fun treats for a favorite pet, beautiful hand-made apparel and much more will be available for visitors’ perusal. Winter treats, such as donuts, cider, hot chocolate and adult beverages, will be available to satisfy all tastes.
Two new athletic stores will provide great gift options for both fitness enthusiasts and casual exercisers. Fabletics brings shoppers on-trend designs that inspire an active lifestyle with stylish and high-quality gear at an accessible price point. Providing more than just a class, a cycling studio and a bike, the new Peloton location at Oakbrook Center delivers an engaging experience with the technology to make every workout effective, and the social connection to make every workout addicting.
Oakbrook Center also welcomes two new fashion-forward retailers. A globally minded company dedicated to creating a unique, inspiring retail environment and philanthropic efforts, Altar’d State offers a place of respite with the latest fashion finds and the most sought-after accessories, along with charming home décor and gifts. ALEX AND ANI creates meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to positively empower and connect humanity. The brand’s products are proudly designed and crafted in America and made with love.
For those looking for sweet holiday gifts, Sugarfina’s shelves are lined with colorful artisanal candies in Lucite cubes, any of which can be packaged into three, four or eight-piece bento boxes. Guests can mix-and-match or buy a themed ready-to-go giftset. Sugarfina offers complimentary holiday gift-wrap ribbon with purchase and phone orders for in-store pickup.
Once I’m finished with my shopping and eating, I’m definitely heading over to the new, state-of-the-art AMC Theatre, located on the Upper Level between Nordstrom and Sears. We are BIG movie fans in this house, and I love the new theatres with the reserved seating, plush power recliners, as well as a full menu, seat-side service and a full bar serving beer, wine and cocktails. This AMC even features IMAX screens, the 12-screen cinema offers guests an upgraded film presentation and RealD® 3D capability!
I’m not sure what you have planned this week with the kids being off school for the remainder of the holiday season. But I’m headed to Oakbrook Center. Join me?