Matteson, IL

They Just... Remember. Remember That They Want to Be in Here.
Name:
Lincoln Mall

Address:
208 Lincoln Mall Drive
(Lincoln Highway & Cicero Avenue)

Years Active:
1973-2015

Summary:
Four-anchor, two-level, totally-average regional mall of the early-’70s, 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 late-2000s economic crisis – leaving areas of the mall in ruin from partial-demolition that was never repaired. The mall operated like so until 2015, when a county judge finally ordered it (save for its only surviving anchor) closed due to dangerous conditions. 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.

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

Flickr sets: 1/5/15 (still open); November 2016March 2017

Loot: two overflowing shopping carts worth of construction and renovation plans (including those for the botched remodel), signs, displays, a mall tablecloth, a mall directory circa-2004, PR material and lots of other crap I can’t discuss yet.