Woodfield has the finest collection of department stores and specialty shops in the Great Lakes region. Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, Sears and nearly 300 stores and restaurants. Surround yourself with fashion, food, and fun at Illinois' #1 tourist attraction. With the most distinctive collection of shopping, dining and entertainment, it's no wonder Chicago's visitors voted it their favorite suburban attraction in 2000. Located 25 miles NW of Chicago, and 7 miles west of O'Hare, Woodfield Mall is the best destination for leisure guests, groups, reunions, and business travelers.
Woodfield is a great place to spend a day when you have nothing else to do. However, it is very large and easy to get turned around. There are lots of ramps and elevators that can get confusing. There are a ton of stores, literally something for everyone. Just remember, you are in cook county and the tax rate is now somewhere around 10%, so it won't be cheap. All in all it is a good place to go to get out of the house and let the kids get rid of some energy. Parking can also get tricky sometimes, just be aware of where you park and don't get lost.
Woodfield is huge. Seriously. Really, really big. If your kiddos are old enough to enjoy shopping, they'll love it, otherwise, not so much. IKEA is right next to Woodfield though, and that's pretty fun. A word of warning: do not go anywhere near Woodfield anytime around Christmas. Just don't do it.
Next to Woodfield are the "Streets of Woodfield" where you can find a Dicks Sporting Goods (with climbing wall), a Starbucks and a Jamba Juice.
The Woodfield Mall is huge. It is right off Highway 53 and very close to IKEA. There is a great Looney Tunes play area right by Macy's. It does get very crowded in the weekends but is a good option for the winter months. The mall is very stroller friendly with both ramp and elevator access. My daughter especially enjoys playing and watching displays at the Lego store. She also enjoys the Build A Bear store a lot. There is no food court per say but there a few restaurants in the mall. There is also a Legoland Discovery Center close to this mall. There are some great restaurant choices outside the mall like Olive Garden and Portillos.
You could easily spend a weekend here. They have every shop you could think of including stores for the kiddos. I would not bring a restless child here because it would be a lot of walking around and you're often outside. The only downside is that if the weather is not favorable, being outside much of the time can be annoying.
I have been going to Woodfield since I was in gradeschool and I live in Michigan. There is no mall on this side of the country (except Mall of Amer) that is this big and has so much to offer. A couple of years ago they made additions and the mall is even bigger. The mall can be a little confusing if you haven't been there before but it's fun to get a little lost inside. There are tons of kid stores and the topsy turvey design is fun to run around in. The elevator is glass so it's fun to see thru and handicapped accessible. There is a safari restaurant that is super kid friendly. Also to the West is a giant roomy Ikea and to the East a giant outdoor mall with a LEGO store.
This is the best mall. We go there to hang out a lot sometimes as a family group, sometimes with friends. Every time we go there's always sale in our favorite stores. We love the food court/resturants there. However we hate the parking there. But since we get good deals in stores and great food we don't care about parking hessle.
overall its a good mall and has a nice playarea for small kids. I also love the family bathrooms with short toilets and sinks so the kids can go on their own. Taxes are high in this county but its a good variety for shopping. It can get a little crazy during the "on" shopping seasons but nothing different from other malls.
I've lived by Woodfield Mall my whole life. It has grown to be the largest retail mall in the country. It even has a kid's play area now. Bring a stroller since it is shaped like a spokeswheel with the play area in the middle by Macy's. Fun restaurants include Red Robin & Rainforest Cafe. Even if you don't eat at Rainforest, your kids will love stopping in the gift shop that has 2 huge aquariums. As for stores, Woodfield has Disney store & Build A Bear for little ones to imagine, create and bug you to buy :)
In general, the stores of the mall have a nice selection and there are a lot of stores to choose from. But its a mall. A very big mall. If you must go to the mall, this is a good one to go to since there are many stores to choose from.
Overall, it's a good shopping area both the mall and vicinity. You can easily make a day of shopping and lunching.
I believe they recently added their play area (outside of Macy's) within the past year or two. It's all Looney Toons characters on ground level. My one complaint is that there is no gate to close at the entrance so you have to be very careful that your child doesn't make a run for it. I know a couple friends that have had kids wander from the play area (and these are kids that are not normally looking to run).
when it's cold outside and you want to do something, head to Woodfield mall. ( Just don't try to see Santa right before Christmas - we did that last year and the line was 2.5 hours long).
There are a million stores - the place is huge - lots of variety for eating. There's a movie theater, a bowling alley, and our favorite: it's near IKEA. 'Nuff said?
It's particularly good if you have a small baby who likes to be pushed in a stroller and it's cold outside.
There are so many stores at Woodfield that even though I have been there a million times, I still get lost. Plenty of restaurants, but no food court. It does though now have a nice kids play area with Looney Tunes theme. The prices though are high as the tax rate is 10% so I try not to shop there is I don't have too! Nice to walk around though and window shop!
Woodfield mall is one of the biggest malls in the Chicagoland area with tons and tons of shops. We love eating at Todai sushi buffet and Rainforest Cafe. Also the layout is very stroller friendly. Each level has access by ramps or elevators. The boys favorite store? A build it yourself remote control car store. Think Build a Bear but for cars. Great for boys of all ages.
They recently added a bugs bunny playland which my 3 year old son enjoys a lot. Lots of Looney Toons characters to climb on and ride on. Many of them makes sounds. It's a bit crazy on the weekends (so many kids on top of each other!) but during the weekdays it's a great indoor place to take your toddler to. It's right in the middle of the mall next to Macy's. They also clean it twice a day so it doesn't get too dirty too quickly.
One minus to this mall is that there is not a food court. There are different fast food restaurants and higher end restaurants scattered throughout the mall. There are less mid-price restaurants to go to.
Woodfield Mall is one of the largest in the area, and is easily accessible by major expressway as well as public transportation. It boasts a wide variety of stores and restaurants. It does not have a traditional mall food court; you must figure out what you want to eat then go to the appropriate restaurant.
Woodfield is the world’s largest mall in terms of retail space. (The Mall of America in Minnesota covers more total space but includes a huge indoor amusement park in addition to the retail stores.) Woodfield has 235 stores, anchored by JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Sears. This two-and-a-half-story mall is made for serious shoppers, too, without a lot of obstacles to impede foot traffic—the few aesthetic touches here include glass elevators and a fountain in the central courtyard.