Celebrate October fun and the start of the holiday season at Westfield Old Orchard

October events and holiday season activities at Westfield Old Orchard
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Oct. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- Skokie, IL (October 2012) -  October 6 is National Star Wars Reads Day and Westfield Old Orchard (Skokie Blvd. & Old Orchard Rd.; 847-673-6800) is gearing up to celebrate it Wfamily style.  The monthly series continues 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 6 at Westfield’s Barnes & Noble, where the iconic movie trilogy will be celebrated with North Shore and Chicagoland families.  Kids will enjoy a story time followed by event activities such as coloring, Star Wars Mad Libs and card making. Participating kids will receive themed prizes to take home including stickers, tattoos, bookmarks and pins.  

As an added bonus, some of Star Wars’ favorite costumed characters will be present to take photos with their fans.  The hour-long event is open to pre-school aged children and will be facilitated by the Skokie Public Library.  Westfield’s Wfamily event series’ goal is to celebrate learning through literacy and creativity; it is free and open to the public and no registration is required.  

Project Pink: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer North Shore Walk October 21
Project Pink, a 5k non-competitive walk, will be taking over the shopping center beginning 9 a.m. Sunday, October 21 for National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Westfield’s Project Pink is one of more than 250 nationwide events that aim to show support for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  It’s an energetic special occasion designed to express hope and celebrate Breast Cancer survivorship. Additionally, Project Pink will focus on raising awareness about steps women can take to help prevent the disease and raise money to find cures.  

The walk will commence and end in the West parking lot across from Macy’s and continue in and around the center. See schedule of event below.

8:00 AM   Registration Opens
8:30 AM   Opening Ceremony begins
9:00 AM   Walk Begins

Participating Westfield retailers will feature special pink merchandise and donate proceeds from sales to breast cancer awareness.  There is no registration or fundraising requirement for Making Strides, however participants are welcome to raise money online or collect donations to turn in on the day of the event.  For more information and to sign up for Project Pink visit www.makingstrides.acsevents.org.

Westfield’s 5th Annual Harvest Festival returns October 27 and 28
Westfield Old Orchard will once again host the Annual Harvest Festival.  In partnership with the Wfamily event series, Westfield invites you to enjoy a weekend full of autumn activities suitable for the entire family.  Entertainment will include arts and crafts, face painting, games and balloon sculptors.  Later, children can celebrate Halloween early by participating in the annual costume contest and trick or treating at participating Westfield retailers.

The annual Harvest Festival will take place noon – 4 p.m., October 27 and 28 at the north end of the shopping center near the Koi Pond.  This event is free and open to the public, no reservations are required.

Westfield and New Trier High School
Westfield believes that hands-on experience is essential in the fashion world and this season they will be giving a lucky group of fashion students the chance to dive in.  Partnering with Oak Street Design, Westfield Old Orchard is giving New Trier High School’s Fashion Marketing and Merchandising classes the chance to connect directly with industry professionals and take part in the holiday visual displays for a selection of retailers.

For their fall semester, students will participate in a Visual Merchandising Workshop, where they will learn the tools needed to conceptualize and design effective visual merchandising displays.  They will then use their newly acquired expertise to create three indoor sculptures representing the best in home, fashion and culinary from top retailers at Westfield Old Orchard.  Each sculpture will be displayed select retailers during the holiday season, beginning November 5 through December 31.  

Westfield’s goal in partnering with New Trier High School is to show support for the community, education and learning.  By providing this experience to the local students, it also hopes to energize the shoppers, retailers and surrounding communities by creating a fresh visual experience for the shopping center during the holiday season.

The holidays are coming to Westfield Old Orchard
Beginning November 17, Westfield Old Orchard is undergoing a complete transformation this holiday season with the biggest decoration and celebration efforts to date. This year’s theme “Magical Moments,” will offer shoppers larger-than-life holiday décor and fun for the entire family.  

Westfield invites all Chicagoland families to come and enjoy the Grand Opening Preview Night of the Festival of Trees and celebrate the official lighting of the in-center holiday trees on December 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Ten local non-profit organizations have partnered with Westfield to decorate trees to display in the shopping center common area.  During the festival, shoppers will vote on their favorite tree and the non-profit with the most votes will receive a $1500 donation from Westfield.  Beginning on that evening, youngsters will have the chance to get their photos taken with Santa Claus, enjoying holiday entertainment, retailer discounts and more.  

Westfield Old Orchard will be bringing a winter wonderland to its shoppers this year with an in center ice skating rink located near Bloomingdale’s.  Every day during the months of November and December, Westfield’s Ice Skating Wonderland will be open allowing shoppers to take part in additional holiday cheer.  See Westfield.com for pricing and hours of operation.

December 8 marks the Menorah lighting for those patrons of the Jewish faith, facilitated by Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah. The giant scale menorah will accompany the beautifully rendered holiday scenery in the shopping center common area for all to enjoy.  
December 8 also marks the Breakfast with Santa event at Westfield’s Maggiano’s Little Italy.  Families and kids of all ages are invited join Santa Claus for breakfast and enjoy a story time and photo opportunities.  Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and the cost is $12.95 for children and $16.95 for adults.  Space is limited.  Please call Maggiano’s at 847-933-9555 to RSVP.

New Store openings and updates at Westfield Old Orchard
The North Face is now open at Westfield Old Orchard! Located between Coldwater Creek and The Gap, the new 6,278 square foot store carries all of the high endurance and high performance apparel, equipment and footwear for which it is internationally known. This is the third location in the Chicagoland area, joining others in the John Hancock Center in Chicago and Sherman Plaza in Evanston.

Iconic retailer Michael Kors will be opening Thursday, October 4 next to Ann Taylor at Westfield Old Orchard.  Known for classic American design and sophisticated silhouettes, this high-end retailer will bring to the shopping center luxurious women’s apparel, accessories and small leather goods.

Engineering affordable electric cars since 2003, Tesla Motors will be opening Friday, October 5 at Westfield Old Orchard next to Tiffany & Co.  Tesla Motors values sustainable energy and is one of the leading manufacturers of electric cars in the United States.  
Rolex will be opening a boutique operated by the 3,500 square foot C.D. Peacock located next to Tiffany & Co. near Nordstrom.  The world renowned timepiece crafter and the Chicago-based jeweler will have its grand opening in early November.

Hugo Boss will be added to the list of Westfield Old Orchard’s luxury retailers this November. The men’s and women’s designer, known for its sleek and stylish collections worldwide, will be opening near Nordstrom.
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