Lakehurst Mall

Lakehurst Mall demo: February 2004Address:
Routes 120 and 43 (Belvidere & Waukegan Rd.)

Years Active:

Lake County’s onetime social and retail epicenter, built at the height of the postwar suburban boom. Three-anchor (with room for a fourth), two-level, 1.1m square-foot enclosed regional shopping center with tons of outparcels. The mall thrived through the ’70s and ’80s, until totally collapsing under competition from Gurnee Mills in the 1990s. Two anchors left in December 1997, the last stores were out in 2001, and by 2004 the last anchor (Carson Pirie Scott) had turned out the lights.

Status: DEMOLISHED. Redeveloped into Fountain Square of Waukegan.

Article: Lakehurst Mall: the Life & Death of “The Livelier Place”

Flickr set: Lakehurst Shopping Center

Loot: Seagull insignia from the big sign near Belvidere & Greenleaf

Notes: Perimeter-only… hey, I was 12 at the time.