Lincoln Mall

They Just... Remember. Remember That They Want to Be in Here.Address:
208 Lincoln Mall Drive (Lincoln Highway & Cicero Avenue)
Matteson, IL 60443

Years Active:

Four-anchor, two-level regional enclosed shopping mall of the early-’70s sporting a 90s remodel, which thrived until the turn of the millennium. Hurt by the loss of two anchors within a year of each other; things got even worse when a revitalization effort collapsed amid the 2008 economic downturn – leaving areas of the mall in ruin from partial-demolition that was never repaired. The mall soldiered on in a severely-wounded state until 2015, when a county judge finally ordered it closed due to blatantly-obvious safety hazards. Vandals destroyed the interior after a media whore squawked to WGN in late-2016, and the demolition orders were finally given the next spring.

Status: DEMOLISHED 2017 except for Carson Pirie Scott (closed in 2018)

Articles: That Kid is Back on the Escalator, Again!The Ghost of Sears’ Future

Flickr sets: 1/5/15 (still open); November 2016March 2017; 6/25/17; 7/2/17; 7/16/17; 7/30/17; 8/26/17

Videos: Raw Explore: Lincoln Mall; Raw Explore: Lincoln Mall demolition

Loot: two overflowing shopping carts worth of construction and renovation plans (including those for the botched remodel), a mall tablecloth, a mall directory circa-2004, PR material, kittens (no, seriously), Carson Pirie Scott sign and a box full of miscellany.