Jim and I moved back to the Chicagoland area from Norfolk, Virginia in the summer of 1991, just a couple of months before an amazing new mall opened for business. Gurnee Mills was its name, and we were so excited about it. The two shopping centers closest to our house were sorely lacking in many areas and the possibilities this new thing had in store were thrilling to think about.
Our home in Kenosha, Wisconsin was only about twenty minutes away from Gurnee so we made frequent visits to the mall. When D was a toddler, we went to Gurnee Mills on Halloween for trick-or-treating. There were always things going on there and deals to be had. It was easy to spend an entire day shopping, eating, and just spending time together under that big roof.
“Big” is an understatement, really. Gurnee Mills is huge. It is currently the third largest mall in the state of Illinois and houses more than two hundred stores. It has a most unusual setup, too; rather than a relatively compact and two-storied layout, Gurnee Mills has only one story and seems to stretch on forever. In fact, it’s shaped like the letter Z.
Now that we live in Naperville, Gurnee Mills is about an hour away. We don’t visit very often but that’s going to change, after today. I was invited by Gurnee Mills to check out their Memorial Day Super Sale, which (obviously) goes through this Monday. Several other bloggers and I were given $100 gift cards and asked to go shop with them, so it was pretty much a Dream Day. First of all, I was so pleasantly surprised to see all of the new stores that have moved into the Mills since I was last there. Not only are most of the stores outlets, but the prices were ridiculously wonderful. This weekend, lots of stores are taking an additional fifty, sixty, or even seventy percent off of their already reduced clearance items, and the regular sale pricing was pretty tremendous too.
I love a challenge so I decided to totally focus on making my $100 gift card stretch as far as possible, and stretch it I did.
You guys. SO many deals, not enough time. But YOU have time, perhaps, to check it out for yourself this weekend. Now through Monday:
A major holiday of savings during the Memorial Day Super Sale at Gurnee Mills, May 27-30. Even deeper discounts on spring merchandise from your favorite retailers including Macy*s, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Forever 21, LOFT Outlet, Charming Charlie, Buckle, PINK, Bachrach, Guess Factory Store and more!
I hope you’ll go see what I’m talking about firsthand. And…whether or not you make it there THIS weekend, I’ve got an incentive for you to go back in June: I’m giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky reader! All you have to do for an entry is leave a comment and tell me what you’d look for at Gurnee Mills if you were to win. That’s it! Easy peasy! You’ve got until 11:59pm CST this Tuesday (May 31) to enter: I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday.
~Only one comment per person will be entered into the random drawing.
~The winner has 48 hours to reply to my email with a mailing address; if I don’t hear from you I will choose someone else.
~Note that I will be sending the winner a voucher from Gurnee Mills that can be exchanged for the $50 gift card at the Management Office on site.
~I may want to go shopping with you; just saying.
Good luck, and don’t forget to check out the Memorial Day Super Sale if you can make it there this weekend. You won’t regret it! Happy shopping!
(And many thanks to the folks at Gurnee Mills for such a fun day! THANK YOU!)