Northbrook Court

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Northbrook Court
Location Northbrook, Illinois
Coordinates 42°9′1″N 87°49′1″W / 42.15028°N 87.81694°W / 42.15028; -87.81694Coordinates: 42°9′1″N 87°49′1″W / 42.15028°N 87.81694°W / 42.15028; -87.81694
Opening date 1976
Developer Homart Development Company
Management General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 125 [1]
No. of anchor tenants 3
Total retail floor area 1,012,000 sq ft (94,000 m2) [2]
No. of floors 2
Parking 5,100 [3]

Northbrook Court is an upscale shopping mall in Northbrook, Illinois. The mall is an upscale collection of shops serving the North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Located on 130 acres (0.53 km2) its anchor stores are Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and a 14-screen AMC Theatres on the south side of the mall. It is managed and co-owned by General Growth Properties.[1]


Northbrook Court is located on Lake Cook Road (Cook County Trunk Highway A50), between the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 94/294) and Edens Expressway (Interstate 94/U.S. Highway 41). It is approximately 25 miles from downtown Chicago and approximately four to 12 miles from the nine communities that make up the North Shore and is accessible via public transit from them and the City of Chicago. It is only eight miles from Westfield Old Orchard. Although relatively smaller in overall size, it competes with Old Orchard as well as several other suburban shopping centers in greater Chicago.


Opened in 1976, Northbrook Court was anchored by Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin, Lord & Taylor, and Sears. The mall had been developed by a Sears subsidiary, Homart Development). I. Magnin closed in 1992 and was demolished for the construction of a General Cinema multiplex theater. Sears closed in the 1980s and was replaced by JCPenney, which in turn closed in 1992 and was razed, and replaced by Marshall Field's which opened in 1995.

Before the mall was remodeled in the mid 1990s, movement between the two level structure was either by stairs or winding spiral walkways. Escalators were installed in the early 90s.

In 1998 General Growth Properties acquired the mall in a private transaction from the Grosvenor Group, contributing it in 1999 to a 50/50 joint venture with the New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYSCRF), while retaining management. The General Cinema was acquired by AMC Theatres in 2001, while outside the mall, a freestanding Crate & Barrel home furnishings store opened in 2002.

The General Cinema became the successor to Deerbook Maill's four theater location in 1997.

Marshall Fields was converted into Macy's in 2006.

Once home to perennial favorites McDonalds and Love's Yogurt, as well as One Potato, Two Potato, the food court has undergone a number of changes over the years. Whereas many traditional malls have been converted to lifestyle centers, Northbrook Court has maintained much of its original structure. However, in 2007 the dining underwent another change to create a more restaurant like atmosphere with fast food restaurants being replaced by casual and more formal sit down options.

Northbrook Court has continued to attract upscale retailers. Oftentimes Northbrook is one of only three or four locations for retailers in the Chicagoland area. Currently there are more than 110 retailers including Louis Vuitton, Papyrus, Sephora, MaxMara, Burberry, Cole Haan, Cusp, Tiffany & Co, and Stuart Weitzman in addition to more upscale mainstays like J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Victoria's Secret and international retailers like Aritzia.

Recent additions include Michael Kors, Arhaus Furniture, Armani Collezioni, and kate spade new york.

Northbrook is also noted for its spa choices. Most notably, Elizabeth Arden Red Door, and Sassoon.

Anchor stores[edit]

Crate & Barrel at Northbrook Court

In Popular Culture[edit]

The 1985 movie Weird Science contained a scene that took place at the mall in which a red Icee was poured on Gary and Wyatt from one floor above them. Also, scenes from the 1980 movie Ordinary People were filmed on the escalators, the women's clothing section, and the Zodiac restaurant at Neiman-Marcus, showing Mary Tyler Moore's character, Beth, and Donald Sutherland's character Calvin, in their public personae.[citation needed]

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