Oakbrook Center

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Oakbrook Center
LocationOak Brook, Illinois
Coordinates41°51′2″N 87°57′11″W / 41.85056°N 87.95306°W / 41.85056; -87.95306Coordinates: 41°51′2″N 87°57′11″W / 41.85056°N 87.95306°W / 41.85056; -87.95306
Address100 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523
Opening date1962; 56 years ago (1962)
DeveloperPhilip M. Klutznick
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group &
CalPERS
ArchitectRichard Marsh Bennett of Loebl, Schlossman and Bennett [1]
No. of stores and services160 [2]
No. of anchor tenants6
Total retail floor area2,018,000 ft²[2]
No. of floors3[2]
Websiteoakbrookcenter.com

Oakbrook Center is a shopping center located near Interstate 88 and Route 83 in Oak Brook, Illinois. It was originally opened in 1962. It is the second largest shopping center in the Chicago metropolitan area by gross leasable area, only surpassed by Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois.[3] Current anchor stores include Lord & Taylor, Macy's, (formerly Marshall Field's), Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sears.

History[edit]

Oakbrook Center, originally to be named Oakbrook Terrace (but the name was changed when a town near the mall took that name), opened in 1962 with Sears and Marshall Field's, as well as a Jewel Food Store. Bonwit Teller was later added, as was Lord & Taylor in 1973 on the south side. I. Magnin, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus joined the center in a 1981-1982 expansion that doubled the physical size of the center with a new southeast court.

In 1987, a four-screen movie theater (which closed in 2001) was added near Saks Fifth Avenue. Bonwit Teller closed their location in 1990, while I. Magnin was shuttered in January 1991, with its former site subdivided in 1994 for specialty stores, including Eddie Bauer and Tiffany & Company. In 1991 a new two-story, open-air addition opened northeast of Sears. Built on top of a parking garage, it added 210,000 ft² of mall retail and a 220,000 ft² Nordstrom. [4] Maggiano's Little Italy opened that same year. Corner Bakery Cafe opened to customers on December 3, 1992. In 1998, Urban Outfitters and Wildfire Restaurant opened.

Saks Fifth Avenue closed their store in 2002 and sold the store to Federated Department Stores, which used the site to open a 90,000 sq.ft., three story Bloomingdale's Home store on September 12, 2003. Cheesecake Factory opened in August 2004. Marshall Field's adopted the Macy's name on September 8, 2006 with Macy's buying the parent company. On November 12, 2008, Barnes & Noble opened. [5] In 2010, Gibson's Bar And Steakhouse opened across the street from the Mall. XXI Forever opened in the mall in April of that same year.

General Growth Properties acquired a half-interest and management of the mall in 2004, when it acquired The Rouse Company (which had itself acquired its stake the mall in 2002). It is currently co-owned by Brookfield Properties Retail Group and CalPERS.

Pinstripes opened as a stand alone location in the mall parking lot in 2012.

On January 4, 2012, Bloomingdale's announced that it would close its Oakbrook Home store by March of the year. Two years later in 2014, that building was split and fully leased out to six smaller tenants: The Container Store on the first level; Lululemon Athletica, Tommy Bahama, Hugo Boss, and Aritzia on the second level; and the first Pirch store outside of California on the third level. PIRCH announced in 2017 that its store at the mall will close on September 30 as it falls back to its original California roots. Dave and Buster's will move into that location in 2018.

In August 2014, Le Méridien opened a 172 guestroom hotel, which is their first in the state of Illinois.[6]

On June 20, 2017, Sears announced that its Oakbrook Center store would be closing temporarily in September 2017. It reopened on October 5, 2018 using only the first level of the building, while the leftover space will be occupied by KidZania on the second and third levels by 2019. Additionally, the Sears Auto Center at Oakbrook Center closed permanently in March 2018.[7][8]

On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Lord & Taylor would be closing permanently in January 2019.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richard Marsh Bennett (1907-1996)".
  2. ^ a b c "Oakbrook Center". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  3. ^ "Largest Shopping Malls in the United States (2006)". American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006.
  4. ^ https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1990-04-18-9002010337-story.html
  5. ^ https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2008/10/30/barnes-noble-to-open-in-oakbrook-center/zs7lvf6/?list-comments=1
  6. ^ "Le Meridien Debuts in Chicago with Opening of Le Meridien Chicago – Oakbrook Center" (Press release). Business Wire. August 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Zumbach, Lauren (20 June 2017). "Sears temporarily closing Oakbrook Center store". Chicago Tribune.
  8. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-brook/news/ct-dob-sears-grand-opening-tl-1011-story.html
  9. ^ Zumbach, Lauren (February 26, 2018). "Lord & Taylor closing at Oakbrook Center". Chicago Tribune.

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