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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Oakbrook Center- (Oak Brook, IL)


The Oakbrook Center is an upscale super-regional opened air shopping center minutes from I-88, located half an hour from downtown Chicago in Oak Brook, IL. This is an upper class, high end retail shopping mega center comprised of over 2 million square feet of clothing and accessory choices as well as many eateries. The Oakbrook Center ranges from one floor to four floors depending on where you are and is anchored by:

Former Marshall Field's Department Store




The mall, originally going to be called Oakbrook Terrace, but a bordering town claimed the name, so what is now called the Oakbrook Center opened in 1962. The original anchor stores were Sears and Marshall Field's and Jewel Food Store.


Before Macy's bought out Federated Stores in 2005-06.

1988 Sears commercial filmed at Oakbrook Court


Bonwit Teller was added later when Lord & Taylor opened in 1973 on the south side of the mall.


I. Magnin, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus joined the center in a 1981-82 expansion that nearly doubled the size of the shopping center with the addition of the southeast court.

Here is a holiday commercial from 1981 showing gifts with each anchor's name on them:

In 1987, a four screen movie theater was added near the Saks Fifth Avenue.

Bonwit Teller closed in 1990 followed by the shuttering of I. Magnin in January 1991. The anchor was subdivided in 1994 to fit in more specialty stores like Tiffany & Co. and Eddie Bauer. 

Also in 1991, a new two-story addition was constructed above what is now underground parking on the northeast side of Sears, which added 210,000 square feet of new retail space and a new Nordstrom was also built there.






In 2002, Saks Fifth Avenue closed and the building was sold the Federated Department Stores to build a 91,000 square foot Bloomingdale's Home Store that opened in September 2003.

In 2006, Marshall Fields converted to Macy's due to a buy out of Federated and May Co. Department Store chains.



The Bloomingdale's Home Store closed it's doors in March 2012.


Here are several pictures of the mall in 2013 both afternoon and evening hours. Some are shoot with a vivid color filter that makes the lights and name of the store and scenery really pop.















Former Saks Fifth Avenue/Bloomingdale's Home Store











Former Saks Fifth Avenue/Bloomingdale's Home Store































Some of the former Bloomingdale's store










The Container Store under construction readying to open in June 2014






One of few Illinois Tesla Dealer locations is at the Oakbrook Court













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