I recognize this is quite belated, but we went to the Aurora outlets (about 40 minutes outside of the city) on Memorial Day. It was crazy traffic!!!! We drove around the massive parking lot for some 1.5 hours before deciding to park off site and walk to the mall (risking a parking ticket, though I am under the impression cops out here are less concerned with these than they were in LA). I did pick up a lovely Kate Spade bag for a steal (50% off everything!!), as well as some Seven for All Mankind jeans in my actual size. I finally cleaned out my closet of all those jeans from college that no longer fit me. It felt pretty good to spring clean.
I've been outlet shopping in California, but I think there are more outlets in a closer area than out here...or something. Maybe people in the Midwest love a good deal??