Westfield Old Orchard

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Westfield Old Orchard
Westfield Old Orchard logo
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Westfield Old Orchard in June 2019
LocationSkokie, Illinois, United States
Coordinates42°3′33″N 87°44′58″W / 42.05917°N 87.74944°W / 42.05917; -87.74944
Address4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL 60077
Opening date1956; 65 years ago (1956)
Previous namesOld Orchard Shopping Center (1956–2002)
Westfield Shoppingtown Old Orchard (2002–2005)
DeveloperPhilip Morris Klutznick
No. of stores and services156
No. of anchor tenants5 (4 open, 1 vacant)
Total retail floor area1,582,295 sq ft (147,000.0 m2)
No. of floors1 (2 in Nordstrom, former Lord & Taylor, ZARA, Toms Price Furniture, Barnes and Noble, Maggiano's Little Italy, Pottery Barn, L.L.Bean, Crate & Barrel, Red Parking Garage, and Management Office, 3 in Bloomingdale's, Cheesecake Factory, Regal Cinemas, and Green Parking Garage, 4 in Macy's, 5 in Purple Parking Garage, 6 in Orange Parking Garage, 7 in Professional Building)

Westfield Old Orchard, formerly Old Orchard Shopping Center, is an upscale shopping mall in the Chicago metropolitan area. It is located in Skokie, Illinois. Anchor stores include Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom and Barnes & Noble.


Westfield Old Orchard opened in October 1956 with Marshall Field's and a The Fair Department Store. Fair was renamed to Montgomery Ward in 1964. Two parking structures, the North and West Garages, were built in 1978. Saks Fifth Avenue expanded its store in 1978 and Lord and Taylor opened a store at Old Orchard in 1979. The Montgomery Ward closed in 1988. In 1991, Nordstrom announced plans to open its second Chicago area location at Old Orchard. In addition to the 200,000 square foot Nordstrom, Old Orchard also expanded the mall by 100,000 square feet as part of a $200 million expansion.[1] This allowed for an additional 62 stores to open. Following the Nordstrom announcement Old Orchard also announced plans to bring in a fifth tenant: Bloomingdale's. A number of other tenants also underwent renovations, including Crate & Barrel and The Limited.[2] In 1993, Maggiano's Little Italy opened to customers and Lord & Taylor relocated and expanded its store.

The shopping center was completely redesigned in the 1990s, with the opening of the Nordstrom department store on October 7, 1994[3] and Bloomingdale's, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Cache, FAO Schwarz, The Limited, Record Town, Talbot's and Victoria's Secret in September 1995. Three months later, Pottery Barn opened to the public.[4] That same year, a five-story parking ramp and a movie theatre were added.

View from the parking lot.

In 2004, Toms Price Furniture opened to guests. In 2005, Foot Locker and Cold Stone Creamery opened for the first time. In June of that same year, Saks Fifth Avenue closed and during the following year, it was demolished in an effort to scale the mall down and more renovations began in the process. Marshall Field's was officially renamed Macy's on September 9, 2006.

Old Orchard underwent a $50 million expansion and renovation and reopened in late 2007.[5] On October 4, 2008, ZARA opened its doors for the first time.[6]

Old Orchard is referenced by name in Mean Girls, which takes place in the North Shore neighborhoods north of the city of Chicago. However, in the film the mall is shown as being an enclosed center. This is because the scenes were actually filmed at Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[7]

Buffalo Wild Wings opened in 2015.

On December 7, 2017, Lord & Taylor’s parent company, Hudson's Bay, announced that two locations will close in April 2018. Old Orchard was one of the two, and still lies vacant. The other location slated to close was the Lord & Taylor at Westfield Annapolis.

Bus routes[edit]


  • 54A North Cicero/Skokie Blvd [8]
  • 97 Skokie [9]
  • 201 Central/Ridge [10]


  • 208 Golf Road [11]
  • 215 Crawford/Howard [12]
  • 422 Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court [13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nordstrom To Open Store In Old Orchard".
  2. ^ "Old Orchard Headed Back To The Future".
  3. ^ "Major Expansion For Old Orchard".
  4. ^ Sherrod, Text by Pamela. "WHAT'S IN STORE". chicagotribune.com.
  5. ^ "Chicago business & financial news & analysis - Crain's Chicago Business".
  6. ^ "In brief: Bucktown toy store | Zara at Old Orchard | First Industrial". Crain's Chicago Business. 2008-09-22.
  7. ^ Torontoist (9 September 2008). "Reel Toronto: Mean Girls".
  8. ^ "54A North Cicero/Skokie Blvd. (Bus Route Info)". CTA.
  9. ^ "97 Skokie (Bus Route Info)". CTA.
  10. ^ "201 Central/Ridge (Bus Route Info)". CTA.
  11. ^ "208 - Golf Road | Pace Suburban Bus". www.pacebus.com.
  12. ^ "215 - Crawford – Howard | Pace Suburban Bus". www.pacebus.com.
  13. ^ "422 - Linden CTA – Glenview – Northbrook Court | Pace Suburban Bus". www.pacebus.com.

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