Deerbrook Mall (Illinois)

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Deerbrook Mall
Deerbrook mall logo.png
Location Deerfield, Illinois
Coordinates 42°8′51.414″N 87°49′58.1586″W / 42.14761500°N 87.832821833°W / 42.14761500; -87.832821833Coordinates: 42°8′51.414″N 87°49′58.1586″W / 42.14761500°N 87.832821833°W / 42.14761500; -87.832821833
Address 260 S Waukegan Rd
Deerfield IL 60015
Opening date 1971
Developer Valenti Builders
Management Mid-America Asset Management
Owner Gateway Fairview Inc
No. of stores and services 16 with 5 outlot buildings
No. of anchor tenants 4
Public transit access 471 - inside, 422, 626 outside

Deerbrook Mall is a regional shopping mall [1] in Deerfield, Illinois. Located on 47.45 acres, its anchor stores are Hobby Lobby, Jewel Osco, Bed Bath & Beyond and Art Van Furniture Former anchors include Best Buy, Bally Total Fitness, Old Country Buffet, Blockbuster Video, Office Max, Sports Authority, TJ Maxx, Venture, Wonder and The Great Indoors. The mall is located on Waukegan Road, north of the Edens Spur and south of Lake Cook Road.


In 1970, 30 acres of land were purchased from Louis Werhane, a local farmer, with the plan to develop it into a mall.[2] Primary construction was completed in 1971, with the mall's name being chosen by the winner of a drawing. The name is a combination of the two towns which the mall primarily serves: Deerfield and Northbrook.

Originally the internal theme of the mall was of a communal street scene with street lamps and water fountains featuring brass frogs and other sculptures of aquatic marine life. Sunken communal seating areas contributed to the small-town Main Street-like feel. The floor is mostly made of heavily lacquered-over red and brown bricks.

Venture, the now defunct retail chain, was a ten-year tenant in the mall.[3] Previous to Venture, the space housed a Turn Style store. Venture closed and vacated the space in January 1989. Other large retailers who vacated the mall, primarily as a result of the economic failure and reduction of the chains themselves, include Service Merchandise, Spiegel Outlet, John M. Smyth's Homemakers, and Montgomery Ward. Marshalls originally occupied the interior space, hosting T.J. Maxx. Montgomery Ward also operated an auto repair and tire facility in a separate outbuilding immediately southeast of the main mall, built in 1986 and last occupied by Bally Total Fitness, and closed in the summer of 2012 the building was eventually torn down.

Best Buy, which occupied the former Spiegel space, closed in 2012.[4] The former Best Buy space became a Hobby Lobby in 2015. The former Service Merchandise space was later, briefly occupied by The Great Indoors, and then for three months [5] by a local children's superstore called Wonder!.[6] In 2014, TJ Maxx, the last remaining tenant of the interior mall,[7] announced that it would be relocating.

Deerbrook Mall formerly housed a four-screen General Cinema movie theater, which opened in the mid-1970s as a two-screen. Two auditoriums were added in the 1980s. The theater closed in 2001 [8] amid the company's bankruptcy and never re-opened.

In 2017, the theater, store fronts, mall interior and Ulta Beauty were demolished to make way for new construction between Hobby Lobby, south and Art Van Furniture, north. Sports Authority had closed their store as part of the chain's bankruptcy in 2016. Art Van Furniture [9] [10] opened Wednesday December 13, 2017, in the former Sports Authority location. Office Max closed Saturday, December 16,2017.

1994 fire[edit]

In May 1994, a fire broke out in the Bed, Bath, and Beyond store.[11] 12 separate town's fire departments and the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System responded to the blaze, which began on the loading dock and spread to the interior of the store, damaging merchandise and the interior ceiling.


In 1998, Atlanta-based Lend Lease Real Estate Investments Inc. (Lendlease Group) acquired Deerbrook Mall on behalf of one of its public pension fund clients from Valenti Builders, a Northfield, Illinois based company.[12] The new owners began a major interior and exterior renovation to update the aging mall which had been plagued by high vacancy rates.


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  2. ^ Handley, John (September 15, 1986). "Landmark Farm will Yield to Urban 'Progress'". Schenectady Gazette. p. 47. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ staff (September 11, 1988). "Venture To Close In Deerbrook". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Best Buy to Close Deerfield Store". Deerfield, IL Patch. 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Wonder! Closes After Three Months". Deerfield, IL Patch. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  6. ^ Zahn, James. "Hate to Say 'I Told You So' - WONDER! megastore closes it's [sic] doors after just four months..." THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  7. ^ Bozic, John (2015-07-07). "Trip to the Mall: Deerbrook Mall is Now Closed". Trip to the Mall. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  8. ^ "CinemaTour - Cinemas Around the World - Deerbrook Cinema, Deerfield IL". Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  9. ^ "Store Information - Art Van Furniture". Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Art Van Furniture Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting". Retrieved 2017-12-16. 
  11. ^ Carlozo, Lou; Julie Irwin (May 8, 1994). "Deerfield Mall Store Damaged In Blaze". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Carrel, Elisabeth (August 22, 1998). "47-Acres of Deerbrook Mall in Deerfield under New Ownership". Daily Herald. Retrieved 19 August 2014.