The Price is Right

Mom — damn her — was right: It’s not a bargain unless you actually wear it. So much for all those ugly, ill-fitting finds you’ll never get around to.

Today the city gets the bargain shopping it’s long been missing. The Chicago Premium Outlets have just opened in Aurora.

Don’t freak out. They’re an easy shot down the expressway, and the effort will pay for itself when you see the selection at Coach, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Diesel, Miss Sixty, and Petit Bateau, all of which is marked 25 to 65 percent off retail. Every day. If you find your energy waning, you can refuel at the Red Star Tavern outpost.

Which means you might find yourself roaming the suburbs with a little more gusto this summer.

Mom, for one, will be thrilled with the drive-by visit.

Chicago Premium Outlets, East-West Tollway I-88, exit Aurora, Farnsworth Avenue North (630-585-2200); premiumoutlets.com/chicago.