REI Co-op opens new store in Vernon Hills, Illinois on Sept. 28, invests additional $20,000 in local nonprofit
New store will offer top quality gear, expertise and outdoor experiences in the Chicago area
Sep 18, 2018
SEATTLE – Outdoor co-op REI will be officially open for business in Vernon Hills, Illinois on September 28 in the Mel l ody Farm shopping center at 901 North Milwaukee Avenue. The new store will support the growing outdoor community in the greater Chicago area by offering the best gear and expertise for the region’s most popular outdoor activities. REI Vernon Hills is conveniently located near the Des Plaines River and the MacArthur Woods Forest Preserve.
- Enjoy free food and activities: Starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, REI Vernon Hills will host a party in the parking lot with free breakfast, music, games and REI Outdoor School programs. Vendors will also be on site offering exclusive giveaways and demonstrations. Events end at noon each day.
- Shop early, get rewards: The first 250 people (age 18 and up) through the door on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will receive a limited-edition water bottle with a $10, $50 or $100 REI gift card inside. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday.
- Local partnerships:REI is partnering with local Tighthead Brewing Company on “Greenway Boogie,” a limited-edition India pale ale. Together, REI and Tighthead Brewing Company are donating 10 percent of beer sales to Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves, which maintains the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway, located adjacent to the new store.
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 20 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 168 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.