7700 W Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Time-capsule regional shopping mall locked-down and guarded like Fort Knox for 15 years. Two levels of stores with three well-preserved anchors in varying degrees of accessibility. For the longest time, this was a turnkey operation — undoubtedly the best-preserved abandoned mall of the 20th century, featuring storefronts and retail aesthetics not seen in decades. Sadly, throughout 2018 the place was invaded by YouTube and Instagram personalities, who whored the place out so much that by the end of the year the interior was completely destroyed by local vandals and illegal scrapping operations.
Status: Abandoned, sealed with all doors welded shut as of November 2018, windows grated with metal bars in May 2019. Tear-down order issued by the city of Milwaukee in April 2019, Chinese owners are fighting it. Police, private security and maintenance personnel present at varying times every day. In other words: don’t bother.