Old Orchard Mall

For as long as I can remember, I have always LOVED Old Orchard Mall in Skokie.  Maybe it was because it was somewhere I could go with my friends to escape our parents, or somewhere I could admire the uber trendy sales girls in the posh stores that I aspired to be.  But now that I am an adult, I love that it is a beautiful outdoor mall where I can get some fresh air while shopping at my favorite stores–with HAPPY kids, to boot!


With all of the remodeling that has been taking place at Old Orchard Mall in recent years, you would think that their main customers are five and under.  Seriously.


There are kid friendly things EVERYWHERE, and the large amount of strollers being pushed down the promenade show that mommies like me are taking notice–and advantage–of the kid-focused atmosphere.


I love the fact that I know I can get my boys to quietly sit in their stroller while I shop at Banana Republic because there is a koi pond right outside of it, and that there are two HUGE water fountains anchoring each end of the mall so I can bribe my kiddos to sit still as we travel throughout the mall.


There is also a great kids area filled with climbing walls and play structures so kids can burn off their pent up energy, with ample shading from the hot sun.


The one element of this mall that I am not too thrilled about because of the high price tag is the kid train that does loops around a courtyard as slowly as possible.  Of course, my boys LOVE this train.  As for Mommy?  I wish it went faster.  And that it was free.  Or both.  But if it makes my boys happy…


Looking for other kid-friendly malls?  Check out The Glen and these indoor mall play spaces!

–Amanda 🙂
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  1. dogear6 says

    When my daughter was little, I used to take her to Yorktown Mall (in Lombard) for much the same reason. It was indoor (a big plus on cold or snowy days) and it had a train that she loved to ride over and over again. I need to dig those pictures out, scan and post them. It was such a fun memory and I’m glad you reminded me of it.


      • dogear6 says

        That’s a good thought, but probably not likely to happen. After my Mom moved away from DuPage County, there’s no reason for us to go back and visit as no one’s left. Mall of Georgia is way too big and crowded to create new memories, but we’ll find something. It’s like Woodfield Mall, whereas Yorktown was smaller and not as crowded (plus we lived in Elmhurst, so only 15 minutes from it).

        If I get those scanned this winter, I’ll have to remember to pull them out and post them. We went so much for that train that I’m pretty sure I got pictures at least once. We used to go after work, my husband in his suit and me in my suit (plus high heels) just to amuse her and wear her out.

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