2017 Back To School Deals & Events in Lake County

Your youngsters are probably dreading the hours of back to school shopping in Lake County. Well, we can streamline this process because the shopping must be done.

The goal is to get in – get what you need – and get out while everyone is still smiling (both adults and children). From clothes to backpacks to pens and other school supplies, there is plenty of wear and tear on some of the prior items that must be replaced before the school bells start ringing.

This guide is focused on the malls, but Lake County’s downtown areas offer a variety of items for when your  little tikes are headed back to school.

Here is your guide to 2017 back to school deals & events in Lake County.

Deer Park Town Center

Throughout August, Deer Park Town Center is hosting the Back To School Supply Drive & Gift with Purchase. Shoppers that spend $125 or more and donate a school supply item at the Lake County mall will receive two free tickets to Century Theatres.

The school supplies that you donate are given to Ingage Unlimted, a local organization founded to help children in poverty stricken countries. Bring your store receipts to the Deer Park Town Center Office.

Ingage Unlimited suggests these items to donate:

  • Paper: Lined, copy and construction paper, spiral notebooks, composition books and index cards.
  • Pencils & Pens: Blue or black pens, no. 2, fat and colored pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil cases, colored, highlighter and dry-erase markers and crayons.
  • General Supplies: Paper clips, three-ring two-inch binders, pocket folders and report covers.
  • Classroom staples: Staplers, staples, rulers, protractors, glue sticks, glitter glue, scissors, tape, calculators, basic math flash cards and stickers.
  • Other Supplies: Tissues, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, backpacks and gluten free snacks.

Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park.

Gurnee Mills

There are over 200 retailers at the Gurnee mall. Here are some of the deals Gurnee Mills has to offer.

Gurnee Mills Back to School Deals

  • Neiman Marcus: 55-85% off designer summer styles (August 9-15).
  • Express: 40% off all jeans (August 9-15).
  • New Balance: Buy one, get one 50% off, 25% off yellow sticker clearance and 50% off red sticker price (August 9-20).
  • Banana Republic: 20% off for educators (through August 29).
  • Steve Madden: Buy one, get one 50% off (August 8-15).
  • Movado Company Store: Up to 75% off (through August 24).
  • Carter’s: Up to 50% off entire store (through August 14).
  • Torrid: $10 off (through August 13).
  • Guess Factory: Back to school gift with purchase of $85+ – free gym bag (through August 13).
  • Visionworks: Buy one, get one or buy 2 glasses for $99 (through September 9).
  • Shoe Department: Back to school sale (through September 10).

Gurnee Mills Back to School Events

  • Rainforest Cafe: Back to School Bash (August 17).

Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee.

Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills

There are over 140 retailers at the Vernon Hills mall. Here are some of the deals Hawthorn Mall has to offer.

Hawthorn Mall Back to School Deals

  • Gymboree: 40% off jackets & shoes (through August 13).
  • Gymboree: Items priced $14.99 & under (through August 13).
  • The Children’s Place: 30%-60% off the entire store (through August 13).
  • Macy’s: 25% off Nike products (through August 13).
  • H&M: Buy $60 or more and get 20% off your children’s purchase (through August 13).
  • Shoe Department: Back to school sale (through September 10).
  • G by Guess: 15% off discount for all students (through December 31).
  • The Walking Company: BOGO 25% off sale & clearence special (through August 13).

Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills.

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets

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Just over the border, the Wisconsin outlet mall features 90 stores. Here are some of the deals Pleasant Prairie Outlets has to offer.

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets Back To School Deals

  • J.Crew Factory: Up to 60% off (through August 15).
  • Chico’s Outlet: 25%-50% off in their outlet sale (through August 14).
  • HANESbrands: Mix & Match BOGO 50% off shapewear, leggings, underwear and socks; All clearance 60% off (through August 14).
  • Carter’s: Up to 50% off entire store (through August 14).
  • Christopher & Banks: All denim BOGO $10 (through August 29).
  • Guess Factory: Back to school gift with purchase of $85+ – free gym bag (through August 13).
  • Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store: Endless Summer Saving Event (through August 16).
  • Samsonite: Up to 50% off backpacks (through August 25).
  • Reebok Outlet: Buy two get one free or buy one get one 50% off (through August 15).
  • Old Navy: Every $25 spent receive $10 off (through August 30).
  • OshKosh B’Gosh: Take 20% off your $40+ purchase (through October 2).
  • Carter’s: Take 20% off your $40+ purchase (through October 2).

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets Back to School Events

  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory: Enjoy complimentary face painting, balloon designs and a dance party (August 12 & 19).

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, 11211 120th Ave., Pleasant Prairie, WI.

For more shopping options for back to school shopping, continue here.

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