A $110 million expansion of Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora got underway Wednesday. The project will add 50 stores and nearly 300,000 square feet of shopping space. Owner Simon Properties expects to finish the expansion in late spring 2015.
“The expansion of Chicago Premium Outlets represents one of the largest expansions that Simon has planned to date. It will further elevate this highly regarded center with an impressive new collection of designer stores at great savings that will draw regional and international shoppers,” chief operating officer Mark Silvestri said in a news release.
A Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store is slated to open in late spring 2015. Meanwhile, the mall expects to open ASICS Outlet, The Disney Store, Hartmann Luggage, Loft Outlet and Tumi in the existing center during the third quarter of this year.
Expansion plans also include unique features for a welcoming and dynamic environment, such as fire pits, art installations, a pond, and the addition of approximately 1,900 parking spaces. The new stores will occupy 45 acres on a vacant industrial site just east of the current Chicago Premium Outlets at Farnsworth Avenue and Bilter Road.
The existing center will get enhanced landscaping, sidewalks, upgraded seating and lounge areas, and improved lighting.