Oak Brook, IL – DuPage County, Illinois – Just 20 miles west of downtown Chicago, DuPage County is the ideal American community setting. A fascinating blend of high-tech, high-powered commerce matched by the preservation of heritage and natural environment, DuPage County consistently ranks among the most desirable areas to live in the nation.
Coupled with sophisticated amenities, world-class golf is offered at more than 50 public and private courses. The county and the immediate vicinity have proudly hosted events such as BMW Championships, PGA Championships, LPGA Solheim Cup and the Ryder Cup. The 2012 Ryder Cup was contested at the Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois; America’s heartland is a frequent host of the contest with 2016 host, Chaska, Minnesota and 2020 in Kohler, Wisconsin.
International visitors can experience courses like Cantigny, Arrowhead, the Downer’s Grove’s historic course, Bolingbrook Golf Club and for visitors that want to Stay and Play, the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort overlooks a beautiful 18-hole championship golf course with waterways and expansive grounds. Eaglewood Resort and Spa is highly inspired by nature, as well as the legendary work of Frank Lloyd Wright, who is known for his Prairie Path style architecture throughout the Chicagoland area. Guests experience interior spaces that capture the spirit of its beautiful surroundings, with naturally lit meeting and guest rooms overlooking the notable 18-hole golf course. The choices expand from there including Cantigny Youth Links; a special one-of-a-kind facility, 9-hole golf course for junior players ages 8-15 that attracts students from the entire region.
Downers Grove Golf Club original course of the Chicago Golf Club was the first 18-hole course in North America. Its founder was Charles Blair Macdonald, who played golf on seven holes on ‘Bluff’s Edge” with two American friends, the landowner CB Farwell and Hobart Chatfield-Taylor. Encouraged by them, he raised funds and laid out a 9-hole course to the west of Chicago. In 1893, he increased the number of holes to 18, which was the first 18-hole course in North America. The game, though new to Chicago, grew in popularity and the following year the Club decided to buy land at the present site in Wheaton and designed a new 18-hole course of 6,500 yards, opened in 1895, and now the second oldest extant 18-hole course in America. After the Chicago Club moved to Wheaton the original 18-hole course reverted to 9 holes and now operates as the Downers Grove Golf Club. It is said that holes 2, 4, 7, 8 & 9 and still much as they were 110 years ago.
The area’s newest course, The Bolingbrook Golf Club, once an open field, now offers elevated tees, rolling fairways and seven lakes. Highlights include a true island green par-3 and 600-yard par-5 that should play with the prevailing wind. Measuring 4,931 yards to 7,104 yards from 5 sets of tees, Bolingbrook Golf Club will prove to be both challenging and fair for players of all abilities and a terrific compliment to any function. Acclaimed course architects, Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest, designed this 18-hole championship golf course.
The shopping in DuPage County is unsurpassed and starts with the historic, classic and upscale Oakbrook Center, other choices include Yorktown Center, The Promenade in Bolingbrook as well as outlet shopping such as Fashion Outlets of Chicago and Chicago Premium Outlets.
Oakbrook Center – an iconic shopping destination for more than 50 years; Oakbrook Center has been a premier shopping destination for out-of-town visitors offering upscale an experience. Visitors will enjoy an incredible line-up of department stores and 160 specialty shops and 14 dining restaurants.
The center’s impressive lineup of luxury and better-price retailers includes top merchants Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Coach, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, J.Crew, kate spade new york, Coach and Crate & Barrel, along with new retailers Vineyard Vines, Stuart Weitzman, Tommy Bahama, David Yurman, and Peloton. In 2014, Le Meridien Hotel opened its first hotel in the Midwest market at Oakbrook Center.
Yorktown Center is a regional shopping mall located in the Village of Lombard. Anchor stores include Carson Pirie Scott, J. C. Penney, and a flagship Von Maur (the third-largest store in the Von Maur chain). At the time of its 1968 opening, the Yorktown Center ranked as the largest shopping center in America. The center has changed as traditional malls have evolved into lifestyle centers. In 2007, the Shops on Butterfield was added anchored by HomeGoods, Marshalls, and Lucky Strike Lanes (an upscale bowling alley). Also in 2007, a 500-bed Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel was opened on the periphery of the center making the area a true travel destination with retail, dining, shopping, lodging and entertainment. The Westin hotel includes a conference center and two restaurants run by the Harry Caray restaurant empire.
The Promenade in Bolingbrook is a vibrant open-air, retail and entertainment destination. The center offers more than 60 shops and 12 restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating. The Promenade is anchored by Macy’s, DSW, H&M, Barnes & Noble, and Bass Pro Shops. iPic Theatres offer a unique movie experience, with plush seating and in theatre dining. The Promenade has plenty of street parking; a children’s play area and events year-round.
Chicago Premium Outlets, an outdoor center located 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, has over 140 stores such as Armani Outlet, Coach Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Under Armour, Michael Kors, and more. With amenities such as a skating pond, fireplaces, art installations, a play area, and water features, Chicago Premium Outlets is more than a shopping center, but truly a destination for shoppers and tourists visiting the Chicago area. Conveniently located off I-88 at the Farnsworth Avenue North exit, it is easily accessible for local shoppers and tourists coming from downtown or O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Featured stores include Calvin Klein, Coach Outlet, Cole Haan Outlet, J.Crew Factory, LACOSTE, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Theory, and Vera Bradley.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago – A new one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experience conveniently located just minutes from O’Hare International Airport, features over 130 designer outlets including Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Forever 21, Gucci, Prada, Coach, Michael Kors, Cole Haan and more. Fashion Outlets of Chicago also features a world-class art installation, a fine dining restaurant, and shuttles to and from O’Hare as well as downtown hotels. Unique services for domestic and international travelers include a partnership with BAGS Inc. for special concierge programs enabling visitors to print boarding passes and check shopping bags and luggage directly to their final destination. Pre-registered tour groups are invited to receive complimentary Green Savings Cards for discounts and special offers.
The quaint hometown shopping districts within the DuPage communities are also not to be missed and provide a delightful Midwestern experience for travelers. Shopping in DuPage County represents the ultimate experience in retail, dining and entertainment in the U.S.A. all in a comfortable, delightful and inclusive environment.
The shopping and golf, together with the impressive attractions and accommodations within DuPage County, make a memorable stay and experience for the traveler to America’s heartland. For more information about the DCVB’s shopping and golf itineraries, contact Miriam Blumenthal at Miriam@discoverdupage.com or +1.630.575.8070, ext. 208.