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Harlem Irving Plaza

Harlem Irving Plaza
Location 4104 N Harlem Ave Norridge, Illinois, United States

41°57′19.5″N 87°48′29″W / 41.955417°N 87.80806°W / 41.955417; -87.80806Coordinates: 41°57′19.5″N 87°48′29″W / 41.955417°N 87.80806°W / 41.955417; -87.80806

Opening date 1956
Management Harlem Irving Companies
Owner Harlem Irving Companies
No. of stores and services 100+
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 700,000 sq ft (65,000 m2).
No. of floors 1, plus partial basement

Harlem Irving Plaza (commonly referred to as "The HIP") is an enclosed mall located in Norridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The mall features over 100 stores and a food court; anchor stores include Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl's, Best Buy, and Target. It is one of the oldest shopping malls in the Chicago area.[1]


Built on the site of a former livestock farm, Harlem Irving Plaza opened in 1956 as a 337,000-square-foot (31,300 m2) strip mall featuring approximately 45 tenants.[1][2] Original anchor stores included Kroger, Walgreens, Wieboldt's, W.T. Grant, and Woolworth. The plaza became a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers a year after opening.[3]

Between 1975 and 1979, the former strip mall was enclosed, and a parking garage was added.[2] Also in 1979, Madigan's was added to the roster of department stores.[1] MainStreet, a short-lived subsidiary of Federated Department Stores opened at the mall in 1987, just as Wieboldt's closed.[4] In 1988, Kohl's acquired and converted all of the stores in the MainStreet chain; Carson Pirie Scott opened in the former Wieboldt's the same year. A food court was added in 1996,[1] and Best Buy opened in the former Madigan's. Best Buy re-located to the mall's parking lot in 2001;[1] its original location was replaced with a second parking garage. The mall underwent a thorough renovation in 2004, gaining a 175,000-square-foot (16,300 m2) Target in August of that year.[1]

In honor of the mall's 50th anniversary in 2006, Harlem Irving Plaza hosted a meet and greet with three of the original Mouseketeers.[5]

Sports Authority and a fitness center are slated to be added in a 2013 expansion.[6]


External links

  • Shop the HIP
  • Harlem Irving Properties
  • Unofficial Harlem Irving Plaza History and Current Events Blog - "HIP Blog"
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