Harlem Irving Plaza
|Location||4104 N Harlem Ave Norridge, Illinois, United States|
|Management||Harlem Irving Companies|
|Owner||Harlem Irving Companies|
|No. of stores and services||100+|
|No. of anchor tenants||4|
|Total retail floor area||700,000 sq ft (65,000 m2).|
|No. of floors||1, plus partial basement|
Harlem Irving Plaza (commonly referred to as "The HIP") is an enclosed mall located in Norridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The mall features over 100 stores and a food court; anchor stores include Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl's, Best Buy, and Target. It is one of the oldest shopping malls in the Chicago area.
Built on the site of a former livestock farm, Harlem Irving Plaza opened in 1956 as a 337,000-square-foot (31,300 m2) strip mall featuring approximately 45 tenants. Original anchor stores included Kroger, Walgreens, Wieboldt's, W.T. Grant, and Woolworth. The plaza became a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers a year after opening.
Between 1975 and 1979, the former strip mall was enclosed, and a parking garage was added. Also in 1979, Madigan's was added to the roster of department stores. MainStreet, a short-lived subsidiary of Federated Department Stores opened at the mall in 1987, just as Wieboldt's closed. In 1988, Kohl's acquired and converted all of the stores in the MainStreet chain; Carson Pirie Scott opened in the former Wieboldt's the same year. A food court was added in 1996, and Best Buy opened in the former Madigan's. Best Buy re-located to the mall's parking lot in 2001; its original location was replaced with a second parking garage. The mall underwent a thorough renovation in 2004, gaining a 175,000-square-foot (16,300 m2) Target in August of that year.
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