Westfield Hawthorn

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Not to be confused with the Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center.
Westfield Hawthorn
Location Vernon Hills, Illinois, United States
Coordinates 42°14′34″N 87°57′0″W / 42.24278°N 87.95000°W / 42.24278; -87.95000
Address 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Opening date September 10, 1973
Management Westfield Group
Owner Westfield Group
No. of stores and services 180
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 1.3 million ft²
No. of floors 2 (+1 basement in anchor stores)
Website http://www.westfield.com/hawthorn

Westfield Hawthorn, formerly Hawthorn Center, is a shopping mall in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Its four anchor stores are Carson Pirie Scott, J. C. Penney, Macy's and Sears. The Marshall Field's store was renamed Macy's on September 9, 2006.

The mall sits on land formerly occupied by the Hawthorn Mellody Dairy, which was owned by the Cuneo family. Its original anchors included Lord & Taylor, which closed in 1990 and sold its store to Carson Pirie Scott.

The Westfield Group acquired the shopping center in 2002, and renamed it "Westfield Shoppingtown Hawthorn", dropping the "Shoppingtown" name in June 2005.

The sales tax rate for Vernon Hills, Illinois (Lake County) is 7.0%.


Hawthorn Center was developed by Urban Investment and Development Co, and anchor stores Sears and Marshall Fields as part of New Century Town, a community with 5000 apartments planned at the time. Construction of the mall began in May, 1972 [1] and was completed at a cost of $45 million. By September 10, 1973, the building was complete and the first stores- Marshall Field's and fifteen specialty shops- had their grand opening.[2] Shoppers entered to find an interior designed with brick-paved streets lit by old-fashioned street lights. More stores would follow until the mall reached its planned 140 specialty shops and four department stores. J. C. Penney was constructed on the north end of the mall in 1997 to replace the failing Lakehurst Mall location.

Hawthorn was originally constructed without a food court;[3] the existing one was added in 1983 and has been renovated several times since.

Future plans[edit]

As of July 2012, Westfield is seeking approval to add-on and remodel the current mall. The major highlight of the project will be a two-story expansion at the northeast entry of the mall, between Sears and JC Penney. It would include about 19,000 square feet of restaurants and retail space on the first floor and a 12-screen, 1,600-seat state-of-the-art cinema complex on the second floor. There would also be outdoor seating areas for the restaurants.


  • Carson Pirie Scott (112,121 sq ft.) (opened 1973 as Lord & Taylor, became Carson Pirie Scott in 1990)
  • J. C. Penney (196,224 sq ft.) (opened 1997, which moved from Lakehurst Mall)
  • Macy's (227,432 sq ft.) (opened 1973 as Marshall Field's, became Macy's in September 2006)
  • Sears (229,606 sq ft.) (opened 1973 as original anchor)
  • Dave & Buster's (opened 3/26/2014 as part of mall remodel)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shop Center Forms New Town's Core, Chicago Tribune; Jun. 5, 1972
  2. ^ First stores to open in Hawthorn Center, Chicago Tribune; Sep. 6, 1973
  3. ^ "Food courts providing slice of pie to all in modern malls", Chicago Tribune; Sep. 5, 1982

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