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Randhurst Mall

Mount Prospect,
Cook County
Built 1962

 

In August, 2009, this iconic regional shopping center at the intersection of Rand and Elmhurst roads was demolished to make way for a new mixed-use “lifestyle center.” Designed by Victor Gruen, the father of the American shopping mall, it was the first enclosed regional center in the Chicago area. It also was one of Gruen’s most unique mall designs.

 
 

 

 Its equilateral triangle-shaped layout—surrounding a central dome—originally featured three anchor department stores: Carson Pirie Scott, The Fair, and Wieboldt’s. At the time of its construction, it was the largest air-conditioned space in the U.S., totaling 1.4 million square feet of retail space and a fallout shelter designed to accommodate the population of Mount Prospect. A food court—one of Chicago’s first—was added in 1985, but Randhurst began to decline in the mid-1990s following the expansion of the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The mall finally closed in September 2008.

To view the demolition of the Randhurst Mall dome, click here.

 

To view a tribute to Randhurst Mall, click Pleasant Family Shopping.
 

 

 
     

 

 

 

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