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Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Plaza In Evergreen Park Update: 11/2017

     Within the span of two year, the village of Evergreen Park and myself have watched the dead Plaza mall be transformed into the new Evergreen Plaza. Back in the summer of 2013, The Plaza closed with plans to demolish the current property and redevelop the land. Since demolition began in fall 2015, the existing Carson Pirie Scott remained open while the rest of the mall was being demolished, and a new Carson's was being constructed directly across the parking lot. Fast forward to fall 2016 and the new Carson's is open and a row of new stores are under development and the once sprawling mall is officially gone except the old Carson Pirie Scott store, that is being demolished across from new stores being built, out with the old, in with the new! By spring 2017, a fraction of the old Carson Pirie Scott building remains and all the new stores are starting to take shape on the once open land and auxiliary parking out used by the old mall

     Now that it is fall 2017, my wonders of what new stores will open are no more as I am surprised and excited to see what are the new shopping choices for the residents of Evergreen Park. A very small portion of the former mall is still standing, although not for long I am sure, and I an certain the existing Planet Fitness with relocate to a new storefront so there current location can too be redeveloped into new offerings.

Here is my original post of The Plaza featuring many photos from trips to the mall in March and July 2013.

Here is my post of the demolition proceeding in November 2015.

Here is my post of the redevelopment progress in September 2016.

Here is my post of the redevelopment progress in March 2017.

I see a new digital sign in the future of the new Evergreen Plaza.

 The last existing portion of the old Plaza, Planet Fitness is in the far distance and I am sure it will relocate to a new storefront in the coming months.

Usual modern shopping center size and several smaller stores waiting to be filled.

With so many stores opening along Western Avenue in the last few years, I couldn't imagine what this might be, my guess based on those two large pillars is Dick's Sporting goods.

Maybe Aldi?

Not really sure what chain has the strange architecture that yellow store has going for it, but the one next to it looks like the Container Store.

T.J.Maxx and Ulta Beauty have already opened...

Along with Petco, Five Below, and Designer Shoe Warehouse.

Looks like a very nice, modern shopping center and I cannot wait to see the rest of the stores once there open.

The property to the right in the photo below surely will be filled in with chain restaurants and smaller store's in the coming years. New to the Chicago area, Raising Cane's Chicken can be seen in the distance.

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